After a couple of years as a wedding planner, I have come to a realization that many couple prefer to honeymoon beyond East Africa, in Dubai, Seychelles or even beyond and yet there are far better alternatives right here in Uganda, Kenya and/or in Rwanda. East Africa has a lot to offer the discerning couple. The region is certainly not without options: romantic safari lodges in Uganda, beachside getaways in Kenya, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, and a whole bevy of other locations make for perfect getaway destination for newly weds. Here are some of the best options if you plan on having a honeymoon in Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya;
Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda
Located in South Western Uganda, right near the border of Rwanda, Lake Bunyonyi is best characterized by its colorful sunsets, the layered hills, and misty mornings. Several islands on the lake have campsites and lodges, where you can spend your time on dug-out canoe trips, hikes, and casual Scrabble games on the porch. Spend some time exploring the area, perhaps visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park for a safari, or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for some gorilla trekking.
Jinja in Uganda
If you’re the adventurous type of couple, then look no further than Jinja in Uganda. Jinja is home to the source of the longest river in the Africa, River Nile with many beautiful rapids and falls. Couples can go white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and bungee jumping, in addition to enjoying a lively party scene. Though Jinja possesses a bit of a backpacker vibe, honeymooners will find solace on the scenic river, taking in some of the region’s most spectacular sunsets over the Nile.
Maasai Mara in Kenya
Much like the Serengeti in Tanzania and cut from the same swath of land, Maasai Mara is known for its unbelievable vistas and animal encounters. Some of Kenya’s best luxury lodges are located within the park itself, offering stunning views, privacy, and a whole lot of room for romance on a honeymoon.
Musanze in Rwanda
Home to the country’s famous endangered mountain gorillas, Rwanda’s Musanze district is full of lush bamboo forests, luxury lodges, and volcanic views. Visitors to the region sign up for gorilla trekking months in advance, as permits are expensive and often hard to come by, but it is so worth it for the chance to watch gorillas in their natural habitat. For accommodation, book a stay at the ultra-exclusive and eco-friendly Bisate Lodge, enjoying their romantic villas and panoramic views. However, for a more budget-friendly destination when it comes to gorilla trekking, then I suggest you opt for the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.
Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda
Come witness the abundance of flora and fauna, together with the majesty of nature such as the River Nile flowing with force from Karuma falls and the fascinating sight of the Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park is also host to Chobe Safari Lodge, the perfect place for an adventure that unleashes the wild side of every tourist and couple that visit.