In 2010 Prince William chose the foot of Mount Kenya as his chosen spot to go down on one knee and pop the question to Kate Middleton. You know the rest of the story. But even ordinary non-royals can get the thrill of proposing to — or marrying — their beloved ones in any of the exotic locales around Kenya. Africa in general — and Kenya in particular — is increasingly popular as a place for a romantic destination wedding. Take a look at 10 places to tie the knot in Kenya, in style.
The Marula Manor, Nairobi
This royal English residence set on a 20 acre piece of land lies tucked in Karen suburb of Nairobi. The Marula Manor is available for hire as a wedding ground. It is surrounded by graceful willow trees that have been witness to countless years together. You and your partner can choose this as the starting point of your journey into ageing gracefully together.
Tafaria Castle, Nyahururu
Surrounded by virgin wilderness, the Tafaria Castle is a towering piece of architecture with serene grounds overlooking the Aberdare Hills near Nyahururu town. It offers the ideal getaway for a romantic couple. The location has sprawling green lawns, tranquil cottages, a swimming pool and horses trotting about, waiting to be ridden. This setting is perfect for getting hitched on a truly memorable occasion.
Lord Egerton Castle, Nakuru
Located 10 miles from Nakuru town, this castle has a heartbreak story behind it. When Lord Egerton tried to woo his lady into living together, she jilted him, claiming that his six-bedroom house was no better than a chicken run. A bitter Egerton embarked on building the castle in 1954 and vowed never to get married. But for you, there can possibly be no rejection when saying “I do” against this backdrop of great English architecture.
Tamarind Dhow, Mombasa
This is a restaurant modeled as an ancient Arab sailing boat that floats in the Indian Ocean near Mombasa at the Kenyan coast. It is available for exclusive hire and can seat up to 70 persons. Is there a better way to seal your nuptials than in the cool night ocean breeze, with friends and family present, while feasting on delicious oceanic cuisine in the backdrop of live music?
Perhaps the most popular tour destination in Kenya, the Maasai Mara can play host to a “themed wedding” organized by your tour service provider. You get to don complete Maasai tribal attire as you exchange your vows in a unique wedding in the wild. The Mara is located south of Nairobi and there are a number of lodges and hotels in this area that offer wedding packages.
The Giraffe Manor is set on 12 acres of private land in Karen suburb of Nairobi. A picturesque 1930s brick building whose walls are choked with creeping ivy hosts a wonderful hotel. Giraffes are known to peek through the window hoping to grab their share of the patrons’ food. The hotel has a couple of suites with elegant finishes. It is ideal for a private wedding with few invited guests.
Windsor Golf Hotel, Nairobi
The Windsor Golf Hotel in Nairobi has immaculately manicured lawns with great landscaping, ideal for a garden wedding. The Windsor has luxury suites, a business center, a stylish restaurant and a golf course. The green surrounding seems to roll on endlessly, and could just be the ideal spot for you to state your unending vows.
Diani Beach, Mombasa
Would you love to exchange your vows while you stand next to the enticing blue ocean while your toes dig into white sand? Then Diani Beach should do it for you. Located in Kenya’s coast, Diani Beach offers a scenic location for lovers of beach weddings. Get in touch with one of the many lodges in the area for your wedding under the sun.
All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi
All Saints Cathedral at the heart of Nairobi is the place to check into if you want to solemnize your vows in a religious setting. It is an enchanting building that offers the ideal setting for a church wedding. Under the beautifully crafted architecture of stone and hardwood that has stood the test of time, you will get to fit your wedding bands before man and God in anticipation of an everlasting union.
Kilaguni Lodge, Tsavo
This stone-built lodge sits close to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, within a national park populated by elephants and buffaloes. Kilaguni Lodge has a dining room overlooking the elephants’ water hole, a bush dining area, a garden swimming pool and a curio shop. It also has spacious suites with a view of the game park. After you become one in matrimony, you can take guided tours and take in the splendor of the African wild.
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