OK! TRAVEL: An African Love Affair

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Feb. 17 2011, Published 10:26 a.m. ET

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Kenya is the most romantic place in the world for royalty, A-listers and America ’s first family!

Prince William and Kate Middleton gave Kenya the royal seal of approval when the British prince popped the question at the rustic Lewa Downs wildlife conservancy in Northern Kenya. And they’re not the only world-famous stars who’ve cemented their love in Africa: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie returned to Africa at Christmas, and President Obama got in touch with his roots on tour in Kenya with first lady Michelle.

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For Modern Luxury

After touching down in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, A-listers like Angelina, Wyclef Jean and Nicole Kidman head straight to Tribe Hotel, a luxurious boutique hotel in the city’s suburbs. Offering five-star amenities with traditional African-design touches, all rooms include free Wi-Fi and a complimentary minibar. (

Unique Shopping

Check out the Village Market next to Tribe, which boasts more than 150 outdoor shops, selling everything from designer clothing to local arts and crafts. (

For Animal Lovers

Getting back to nature in Kenya, as Wills and Kate did, is a must. Experience Africa’s wilderness at the Porini Amboseli tented safari camp, just a short flight from Nairobi. Twice daily game drives with local Masai guides ensure plenty of wildlife watching opportunities. Later, soak up the spectacular sunsets with a cocktail before enjoying a freshly prepared dinner around the campfire.

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Meet The Locals

Guided trips to a nearby Masai village offer visitors a unique insight into local traditions and customs. (

For Private Romance

One hour north of Nairobi, the Sasaab Lodge offers an intimate retreat within the picturesque Samburu National Reserve. Recent guests include designers Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, but the resort is just as popular with honeymooners, looking to hole up in one of the nine lavish tented bungalows (each features a fourposter bed and private veranda). Those who venture out will spot ostriches, crocodiles, lions and buffalo on the game drives in the Ewaso Nyiro river valley.

Hit The Spa

The open air Spa Saab offers guests an array of treatments, such as massages and Liz Earle facials. Try the signature body scrub, made from Kenyan coffee, local herbs and Sasaab salt. (

By Brian Campion


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