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Extraordinary Journeys Selects the Top Eight ‘Buddymoon’ Safari Accommodations

January 15, 2018 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

With ‘buddymoons’ (friends-moons) becoming more and more popular with newlyweds, Extraordinary Journeys has assembled a shortlist of idyllic getawaysin Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Seychelles to accommodate the growing trend.

As the traditions and expectations of modern weddings continue to evolve, brides and grooms are also changing the way in which they experience their honeymoons. Designed as a honeymoon for newlyweds and their closest friends, “buddymoons” prioritize unique shared experiences over seclusion and round-the-clock romance. To cater to this growing custom, Extraordinary Journeys has identified seven exclusive-use villas, lodges, and a private Islands where shared accommodations and experiences are the highlights of the trip. Booked for the duration of the journey or as add-ons to a multi-destination Extraordinary Journeys safari, the selected properties celebrate the union of the newlyweds while strengthening lifelong friendships.



Capacity: five couples
Set into the rolling hills of the Borana Conservancy in Kenya, Arijiju feels like a world unto itself. The monastic-inspired architecture contrasts with the luxurious comforts and abundance of activities on offer here. Thick, arched doorways and open inner courtyards, outdoor swimming pool and enlivening hammam, exposed rock walls and elegant chandeliers all come together to make this a peaceful sanctuary in one of Kenya’s top safari destinations. When not lounging by the awe-inspiring pool, guests can explore the wonder of the bush on morning and evening game drives, guided walks, mountain biking on well-established trails, and horseback safaris across Borana and beyond.
Capacity: up to sixteen individuals
Located in the same Borana Conservancy as Arijiju, buddymooners can admire views of Mt. Kenya and the Lolokwe and Wamba Mountains from Laragai House. Ideal for travelers seeking opulence and over-the-top décor, Laragai House’s outdoor offerings include game drives, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the open savanna, spying buffalo, eland, giraffe, lion, and cheetah along the way. Back home, one of the highlights is the pool house, complete with bar, kitchen, and bathroom – perfect for long lunches and afternoon swims. Laragai House rooms feature sumptuous king beds and cozy fireplaces.
Capacity: ten guests
Thanda Private Island is located off the coast of Tanzania and is one of the most exclusive experiences in the region. Beach house romance, nostalgia and East African elegance personify the villa on Thanda Island, which features an indoor aquarium, grand piano, wine collection, cigar humidor, glass rim-flow swimming pool, and a wrap-around dining area with 180-degree views of the ocean. Its five air-conditioned suites are perfect for buddymooners to lounge in privacy or hit the white-sand beaches together for snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, or some old-fashioned sun-bathing. Add in excursions to neighboring islands to explore 11th-century ruins and get to know local communities and their traditional craftsmanship.
Capacity: eight guests
Set in the Grumeti Reserve, situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Singita Serengeti House inhabits an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. The area is as large as the Masai Mara but, even so, the number of beds has been limited to 76, creating the best private bush experience for guests. Singita Serengeti House is designed for exclusive use for families or friends to enjoy shared experiences in nature. New, casual, living spaces include an eat-in kitchen and media room, a full gym adjacent to the extended outdoor sala, and a brand new tented spa suite at the updated tennis pavilion. But the real magic lies outside, where amazing wildlife experiences will leave you spellbound.
Capacity: eight guests
Tanda Tula Field Camp is ideal for buddymooners seeking a classic, on-demand, tented safari experience under the wide open African sky. This mobile explorer-styled camp is located within a 6,500-hectare private concession, giving guests ultimate freedom in where to follow the wildlife, and how to experience the bush. The primary focus here is big-game walking safaris led by expert guides and trackers who can teach you a host of new skills from wildlife tracking to recognizing and understanding the medicinal properties of the region’s plants. Tanda Tula Field Camp consists of four custom-designed tents, with en-suite open-air bush bathrooms, and a communal mess tent.

Capacity: ten guests
Formerly a private family home, Singita Castleton is an exclusive use lodge set within 45,000 acres of private reserve. Offering accommodations in individual cottages located within the grounds, Singita Castleton delivers a balance between shared experience and privacy. Expansive gardens, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room provide endless opportunities for bonding and relaxing. Game drives, walking safaris, star gazing, mountain biking, and community visits are just a few ways buddymooners can spend their days.

Capacity: 20 guests
Leobo Private Reserve is an entirely private 20,000-acre estate in the picturesque Waterberg Mountains. Days at Leobo are designed to cater to every buddymooner’s whim. Kayak, quad bike, helicopter, stargaze, visit ancient caves, camp with hippos, or explore the bush by horseback, then linger around the firepit with a drink of choice. Comprised of nine chalets, Leobo is a natural extension to that wedding reception you want never to end.

Capacity: 22 guests
North Island is a luxury private island resort in the heart of Seychelles. Lush tropical palms, giant granite peaks, and open ocean welcome buddymooners to this luxe destination. The island features eleven private villas of almost 5,000 square feet of decadent space, with direct beach access and artisan-crafted furniture. North Island’s Villa North is ideal for the actual honeymooners. Villa North features almost 8,000 square feet of multi-tiered space with an over-sized marble bathtub, private plunge pool, and a leadwood bridge.
For more information about Extraordinary Journeys, visit For starting rates, contact Nestor Lara Baeza ( at Xhibition PR.

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