About DesignAfrique

DesignAfrique is a destination management company based in Cape Town, focused on Southern Africa. We specialize in the ground-handling of tailormade FIT and Group Tours in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and much more. Each itinerary is exclusively put together and run, according to each individual client’s specific requirements, wishes and needs. We ensure to give each tour the detail oriented time and attention it requires to ensure a once in a lifetime unique experience.  Our passion for Southern Africa paired with personal service and many years of experience in the tourism industry ensures a custom-made dream holiday.


About the Founder

Bettina Marchel

I was born in Austria, and already from a young age I was fascinated with different cultures and countries. When I turned 19 years old I got the opportunity to work in a travel agency which provided me with the possibility to visit various countries all over the world. I travelled extensively in Europe and was very fortunate to visit America, Asia the Caribbean sea, Dubai  and many other places.


Over the years,  travelling and sharing my experiences with other people became a big passion of mine.  In 2012 I fulfilled a long dream and travelled for the first time to Kenya, East Africa and fell immediately in love with this fascinating continent. I was totally impressed with the wildlife, the bush and the different cultures and decided that’s the place where I want to live. A few months later I was sitting in the airplane on my way to Africa and moved in 2013 to Cape Town.


In 2015 I started working for an inbound tour operator and gained my first experiences in selling Southern Africa. In 2019 I decided to use my expertise and knowledge and opened my own inbound destination company. One of my biggest goals is to share my love for Africa by creating unforgettable journeys for my clients. It absolutely fulfils me to work with people and to combine my biggest hobby travelling with my work. I travel as much as I can to be always up to date and be able to create new exciting trips for my clients.


I have travelled extensively in South Africa and visited places such as the Garden Route the Kruger National Park, Kwazulu Natal, Pilanesberg, the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve, and much more. I have been very fortunate to stay at a number of luxury lodges all over the country. Besides South Africa, I have travelled to  one of my favourite destinations Botswana, the unforgettable Victoria Falls, Mozambique and Kenya.