Top honeymoon destinations in East Africa : Even though Indonesia, Iceland, and Portugal have been the most popular honeymoon destinations. In recent years, East Africa has a lot to offer a couple who wants to go somewhere different. There are a lot of great honeymoon safari destinations in East Africa, including romantic safari hotels in Kenya, beachside getaways in Tanzania, gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, and a lot of other places. Check out our pick of best locations for your honeymoon in East Africa.

Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania.

Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater are both in Northern Tanzania. They are two of the best places in the world to see wildlife. On a safari through the national parks, you might see lions hunting, wildebeests moving, or the rare white rhinoceros. Most places to stay offer candlelit dinners, hot-air balloon rides at sunrise, and walking safaris with park guards.

Lamu Island in Kenya.

Lamu is an island off of Kenya’s Swahili coast. It has a lot of old-fashioned charm, buildings with Arabic influences, and beautiful beaches. Along the coast, there are large resorts and fancy town houses. Honeymooners can spend their days walking around the town, resting on the beach, and eating the freshest seafood.

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. People who want to go gorilla trekking safari have to sign up months in advance because permits are expensive and hard to get. However, it is so worth it to see gorillas in their natural environment. For a place to stay, book a room at the ultra-exclusive and environmentally friendly Bisate Lodge, where you can enjoy the romantic cabins and beautiful views. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda is a good place to go gorilla hiking that won’t break the bank and as well experience gorilla habituation experience.

Jinja in Uganda.

Jinja is the best place on Uganda’s side of the Nile River for people who like to try new things. Couples can enjoy a lively party scene as well as white-water rafting, kayaking, hikes, and bungee jumping. Jinja has a bit of a backpacker feel to it, but lovers can find peace on the beautiful river and watch some of the most beautiful sunsets over the Nile.

Bujumbura in Burundi.

Burundi’s main city, Bujumbura, has the best of both worlds: it is on the beautiful Lake Tanganyika and has some of the best restaurants and bars in the country, as well as a lively arts and music scene. The political situation in Burundi hasn’t been the most stable over the past few years, but it’s slowly getting better and will soon be a must-see tourist spot once again.

Lake Kivu in Rwanda.

Lake Kivu is shared by Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is only an hour away from Musanze, Rwanda, and is known for its beautiful weekend safaris, lush farmland, peaceful lakeside retreats, and a wide range of lakeside activities. Spend a few nights in Gisenyi or Kibuye, two of Rwanda’s largest lakeside towns – both of them are perfect for a romantic getaway.

Zanzibar in Tanzania.

Zanzibar is a group of islands just off the coast of Tanzania. It is one of the most peaceful places to visit in the world. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, and its centre, Stone Town, is in the middle of the island. The best beaches in Zanzibar are at Nungwi, Page, Michamvi, Jambiani, and Kendwa, so be sure to go there. Before going to the beautiful beaches, though, you should spend some time walking around the narrow and colourful streets of Stone Town. Make sure to eat at the best restaurants in the city and peek into shops.

Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Maasai Mara is known for its amazing views and animal Kenya Safari experiences, just like the Serengeti in Tanzania. It is made up of the same piece of land. Some of Kenya’s best luxury hotels are inside the park. They have beautiful views, are private, and have a lot of space for romance.

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Twin lakes in Rwanda.

The twin lakes in Rwanda are quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most peaceful places in the country. Lakes Burera and Ruhondo have a lot of small islands and fish eagles. They also have clear water, rolling hills, and a lot of terraced farms. There are choices for both cheap and expensive travelers at the lakes. Check out the campsite on Ile de Cyuza and the luxurious Virunga Lodge run by Volcanoes Safari.

Mafia Island in Tanzania.

Mafia Island, just a 20-minute flight from Dar es Salaam, is Zanzibar’s cooler and less touristy younger sister, offering some of the region’s best scuba diving. Travellers can stay in rooms right on the beach and dive all day. They can also swim with whale sharks and take boats all over the island.

Nairobi in Kenya.

Nairobi is the busiest city in East Africa. It has lots of places to eat, a great arts and music scene, and a lot of high-end shopping. Even though many tourists skip the city and go straight to safari or the coast, you should spend a few days enjoying the Nairobi scene. If you don’t want to go on a safari in the Maasai Mara or Lake Naivasha, you could feed giraffes at Giraffe Manor or play with elephants at the David Sheldrick Foundation.

Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi is in Uganda, close to the border with Rwanda. It is best known for its layered hills, misty mornings, and bright sunsets. Several of the islands in the lake have campsites and lodges where you can stay and play Scrabble on the porch or go on hikes. Spend some time exploring the area, perhaps visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park for a safari, or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for some gorilla trekking.

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