Cape by Design Tours are created for the tourist looking for something in addition to sightseeing, sunshine and fine dining.
They will deepen your understanding of a diverse and exciting city, of the Western Cape province and of South Africa, a unique and inspiring country. We offer an unforgettable experience.
Our scenic splendour will be the backdrop for your experience. You will be awed by our amazing mountains, our oceans and abundant nature. African wildlife encounters mean you experience creatures of land and sea right on your doorstep. Our unique floral kingdom displays a multitude of flowering plants and shrubs like proteas, ericas and arum lilies.
South Africa has shown the world that forgiveness and reconciliation are possible. We are proud of our achievements. Some tours remind us of our fragmented and bitter past, yet show what we have overcome through the political miracle, which began with Nelson Mandela’s release in February 1990.
Once divided, we are now striving to build a new nation. When you visit South Africa, Cape by Design Tours can create a platform for opportunities across boundaries between you and the diverse people of this land.
We work in harmony with our fellow South Africans and wish to create economic opportunities where possible. We work in harmony with our natural heritage and ecology by promoting care for our environment. We want communities to benefit. We want our creatures and plants to flourish.
Let us know what your interests are. We will tailor all tours to your needs. We offer a value for money experience.
Cape by Design Tours has a wide variety of tours in four main groups:
Cape by Design Tours is owned by Jacqui Braunlich, a committed Capetonian, born and bred. She grew up in apartheid South Africa, experienced the euphoria of Mandela’s release, the sobering reality of our socio-political problems and awakened to our incredible potential. Jacqui has worked in education, music, journalism, broadcasting and now tourism.
Jacqui speaks fluent German, Dutch, English, Afrikaans and a bit of Xhosa.
TESTIMONIAL FROM LIZ AND MATTHEW JOHNSON WHO SPENT 5 DAYS TOURING WITH CAPE BY DESIGN TOURS (JACQUI)
“During our few days in Cape Town we were able to experience so many things that the guides and tourist books don’t tell you about. Travelling in comfort and being able to relax and look around in the company of someone who is good company as well as knowledgeable made all the difference to our trip. From getting us to Table Mountain on the only day it was clear or finding a shop that sold locally made cloth nothing was a problem. The trip to the Winelands was a particular highlight and we were able to visit some of the smaller growers and enjoy really good wines away from the crowds. We soon learned to rely on Jacqui to find somewhere good to eat and to trust her judgement in what we would enjoy.
Our visit to see the penguins was made even better by the stops along the way which only local knowledge could offer – shoals of sardines and seals almost too full to move and again the best places to eat!
We were slightly worried about visiting the townships but again it was a great experience, the cultural centre was inspiring. We never felt rushed or that anything we asked was too much trouble. I would have no problem in recommending Jacqui to anyone who wants to really get beneath the surface of life in the Cape but doesn’t have the luxury of time to do it on their own.”
We’ll be Back Again!
We had the most amazing time with Jacqui when we visited Cape Town recently.
It was our second trip there so we wanted to see different things.
One of the highlights was a tour to the beautiful wine area of Constantia, which was right on our doorstep. Jacqui took us on a walk through oak forests and vineyards, from one wine estate to another. She knows this area really well and could show us many a pretty corner as she used to ride horses here as a girl.
We visited a magnificent manor house preserved in the Cape Dutch Style. At Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting we tasted their top class wines and had lunch at the excellent restaurant.
Another highlight was a drive through a National Park, along the most stunning False Bay coastline to Betty’s Bay. Here we visited a not so touristy and quiet penguin colony and we could really spend time observing and admiring the comical birds.
We had lunch at the local Botanical Garden where we had time to admire many different proteas and lovely flowers and learn all about fynbos.
We will definitely keep going back to that marvellous city and country and we will again ask Jacqui to organise our next trip, she opened our eyes to the depth and beauty of her country.
Stewart and Anne Philips
Sussex, United Kingdom
What a Privelege!
What a precious privilege it was to tour two Cape Town townships under the thoughtful guidance of our wonderful tour guide Jacqui and the local guide she chose to accompany us, a budding young woman starting out.
Being able to "visit" with people living in Langa and Gugulethu Township brought alive many of the historical events Capetown experienced in the Apartheid Period. Jacqui was able to do this as she experienced these times first-hand as an SABC journalist. Her insight and indepth knowledge of South African politics, history and culture, made the miracle of that country’s transition come alive.
During the trip one of the craft projects we visited was a ceramic studio run by local crafters. I really treasure the lovely coffee mugs, decorated with guinea fowls, that I bought there.
I came away from SA longing for more. It was all the more wonderful as we had the privilege of staying in Jacqui's quaint cottage, Wolwekrantz, overlooking the majestic Hout Bay, right next to Capetown.
Nothing in the world is more important when visiting a country then the person that accompanies you. Fortunately we were lucky enough to have Jacqui as our tour leader during one of our annual familiarization trips with Dutch travel agents and tour operators. Our tour started in Cape Town, taking us through the Garden Route and ending on the wonderful coast of Port Elizabeth. Jacqui in all aspects of the tour was a fantastic tour leader. Her knowledge on South Africa both from a historical, natural and cultural point of view was absolutely amazing. But knowledge isn’t the only importance, as a person Jacqui was great to have with us. She’s very organized and made certain that each and everyone in the group was enjoying, learning and comfortable. Travel agents and tour operators aren’t the easiest group to travel around with but they all were listening carefully to her stories when traveling through the South African countryside. When it was time for us to fly back to the Netherlands we all had tears in our eyes having to leave Jacqui behind as she had become part of the group. I can definitely recommend traveling through South Africa with Jacqui to anyone and have done so… Jacqui thanks again!
South African Tourism
We experienced Jacqui as a very friendly and very competent Tour guide. Through her thorough and extensive knowledge of South Africa, the Cape region and Cape Town we really learned a lot from Jacqui. She especially awakened us to the beauty of our surroundings.
The tours we did with Jacqui were very well organised and extremely interesting.
We recommend Jacqui 100%!
Birgit and Werner Sambol
Radolfzell am Bodensee,
Tours should never be a matter of choosing off a list - they should be created to suit the desires of the tourist.