The destination specialists at Ker & Downey love to be a part of turning travel dreams into lifelong memories. When Jaime shared her clients’ story of an African wedding and honeymoon with us, it put us in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

Colorado couple Mike and Sharon had a lot of dreams to consider as they planned their wedding and honeymoon. Sharon’s dream was to be married on a beautiful beach. Mike’s dream was spotting Big Five on a true African safari. After lots of planning and researching, Littleton travel agent Suellen Reeves and Ker & Downey’s Jamie Bell stepped in to craft a journey that would be a perfect fit for the couple.


For the beach, far-flung Mauritius was chosen as the wedding venue. The safari was fulfilled in South Africa’s Lion Sands Game Reserve, where yet another dream came true via a night in the Kingston Tree House. “Since she was a girl, Sharon had wanted to live in a tree house,” says Mike. “Given that we were already making one dream come true by getting married on a beautiful island off the coast of Africa, then why not also make another important one happen for our honeymoon!”

The Kingston Tree House is a secluded and private accommodation near Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, an award-winning destination that makes an incredibly special addition to a visit. “Being able to sit high above the bush in living-room-like comfort and listening to the hippos chuckle from the river was a ‘happy hour’ that honestly defies description,” Mike says. Between the amazing sunset, delectable dinner for two, and “Mother Nature’s symphony” of birds, lions, hippos, and other wildlife surrounding their elevated retreat, Mike and Sharon had a magical evening together. “We were so enthralled with the beauty of the night sky that I thought we’d never get to sleep.”

Kingston Tree House

Game drives at Lion Sands also revealed a pride of lionesses and their cubs, a pack of wild dogs, and all five of the Big Five for Mike. The couple rounded out their nearly four week wedding and honeymoon in Cape Town, and we were pleased we could be a part of such a special celebration. Congratulations Mike and Sharon, and best wishes on your journey together!

Game drives at Lion Sands, South Africa

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