“Darling, what about Kenya for the honeymoon? There’s white sand beaches, coral reefs, safaris, elephants, snorkelling…”
“Sure, sweetpea, but how can we afford it?”
Well, for a start, you can cut costs by avoiding tour operators. ‘Tailor-made’ holidays tend to follow the same pattern anyway – white sand beaches on the Indian Ocean, followed by a safari on the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara and maybe a visit to Mount Kilamanjaro. Simply copy a honeymoon itinerary like this one yourself.
To remove the costs of the middle man, simply book your hotel direct. Asha Cottages, a boutique eco-hotel on the white sands of Diani beach resort on the Indian Ocean, just 30 miles from Mombasa, is offering 20% off for honeymooners who mention The Credit Crunch Bride. Yippeee! [Offer now ended]
Then, get the hotel’s advice on activities and good excursions – their knowledge is probably going to be as good if not better than any tour operators. If you’re lucky, they might even book your safari trips for you, like the good people of Asha Cottages.
Go off the beaten track. Avoid the hordes of the North Coast and Malindi (and the inflated prices that come with them). And for your safari what about trying the more low key Shimba Hills National Reserve rather than the Maasai Mara, Samburu, Tsavo East etc. It has more bio-diversity, elephants and antelopes than Eden itself.
Love The Lonely Planet for Kenya. It may be the backpacker’s bible, but it can also be a honeymooner’s friend. Here’s their top picks for Kenya:
2.Lake Nakuru National Park – Fluorescent flamingo-fringed shores, ragged cliffs and more wildlife than you can shake a stick at.
3. Hell’s Gate National Park – Gorgeous gorges, steaming hills and the chance to mingle with the wonderful wildlife on foot.
4. Tsavo National Park Kenya’s largest national park, famed for its wild, wild wildlife
5 Mombasa Old Town – The coast’s focal port, with an earthy old quarter and the mighty Fort Jesus
Love TripAdvisor too. This website, made of user reviews, is the place to find out about if the toilets were dirty or the service slow. Don’t book any hotel, spa or safari without checking this first.