Meet your Destination Specialist
"Living my Passion"
"Hi, I am Melinda, your host, guide, custom destination planner, manager and fellow travel experience lover. I am just going to say the most cliché thing I possibly can...my 'job' is not a job...it is my passion, it is what I do and, if I may say so, I do it very well. My 'office' is unconventional, but inspiring and always beautiful - and I will never tire from that...too many exciting new adventures, too many places still to discover, too many people to meet and not enough days to show off my amazing country.
I was born and raised in South Africa, educated in the Western Cape, got married and my children were born in the Western Cape. Our family relocated internationally in 1997, with regular trips back to, where else, but the Fairest Cape and to some of the unique game and safari reserves of Southern Africa! I breathe, live and love South Africa, its breathtaking beauty, its friendly and diverse people, its captivating mercurial scenery, its majestic mountains, its gastronomical delights and award-winning wine estates and its myriad of experiences on offer.
Being in Cape Town for a few years after more than 2 decades of living and extensive travel abroad, I experienced life in Cape Town and South Africa both as a tourist and a local. I have 'insider information' - a great and valuable understanding of what visitors and tourists would like, and what obstacles that may experience planning a trip to Southern Africa.
I am a registered tourist guide and a seasoned bespoke travel planner and destination manager with a SA Specialist designation, and I would love to share my local knowledge and experiences, designing a custom travel plan for you and your group. My greatest joy is providing privately guided day and overland tours for visitors - the best way for you to experience what the Western Cape and Southern Africa offers. My jokes are sometimes corny, but if I can remember them, you will too! My historical facts are true and a mirror of the colourful, sometimes controversial country that is the Rainbow Nation - my beloved birth country. My intimate knowledge of and travels through the rest of Southern Africa, together with my contacts, allows me to assist with or plan further travel into Southern Africa, including safaris in private game reserves and travel to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia.
I look forward to sharing my beautiful surroundings and unique experiences with you. My aim is to provide an unforgettable experience that will make you want to come back for another visit; once Africa is in your heart, she leaves a little piece of herself there that will make you want to return to the land of vast open spaces.
If I can be of assistance at any time, please don't hesitate to contact me. I welcome questions and your interest!
See you soon in beautiful Southern Africa!
Warmest greetings from Jakkalsfontein,
Destination Specialist - Southern Africa
The Cape Discovered Tours, Safaris and TCD Destination Management Company (Pty) Ltd