Who we are

TCD Destination Management Company, t/a The Cape Discovered is a boutique destination management company offering unique, personalised private touring and sightseeing experiences, with custom designed itineraries,  and seamless implementation and management around our clients' desires, want-to-do's and must-sees.

The Cape Discovered, Tours & Safaris offers a one-stop shop to an ultimate getaway within the scenic borders of South Africa.  Your own journey of discovery in the most southern country on the African continent starts by contacting us for a quotation for a customised plan and expert advice to achieve your desired travel experience in South Africa.

Our aim, and what we excel at, is offering truly unique travel experiences on any of our Day or Overland tours with a professional, knowledgeable tourist guide who will also be your private driver. The personal interaction with your guide allows your experience to be tailored around you, our guest, and your requirements.  No two custom tours are ever alike. Our only priority is to have 100% satisfied clients, who book with us for their next visit to South Africa, even before they leave our shores. 

Our unique approach and flexibility offers you the opportunity to see and experience and see the Cape and South Africa the way it is meant to be enjoyed.  Because of the size of our tours, we can go where the big tour buses can't. We are not limited by corporate hours - we can adapt and adjust the itinerary to your pace - and we are able to sometimes do the impossible to delight our visitors - like timing it just right for a photo opportunity on a beach where it looks like you hold the setting sun between your fingers - a golden moment. Our tours allow our guests to move at their own pace and focuses on their specific interests.  

We cater for the more discerning traveller, and quality, comfort and luxury is a primary priority even though the costs involved may not reflect it. (Unless unavoidable, buses, long lines and bad service not permitted).

All excursions and tours are carefully designed and planned, and emphasize authentic local culture in a responsible way, including the most interesting attractions, performances, neighbourhoods and markets - our aim is to satisfy our guests' personal preferences while drawing on our knowledge of suitable activities and experiences.  Of course, if you prefer crowds...who are we not to oblige! 

Our personable and professional services include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Private guided sightseeing tours in Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Winelands, the magical West Coast, unique Namaqualand, scenic Garden Route, Karoo and Route 62.
  • Arranging  5 star safaris and visits to private game reserves in Southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania).
  • Custom Travel Planning for travel in South Africa and Southern Africa - our experience and contacts makes us experts.
  • Accommodation and Hotel recommendations and bookings
  • Transfers (accommodation, activities and airport)
  • Reservations of attractions, restaurants, activities and excursions
  • Package tours and daily private excursions

  Custom Travel Planning & Destination Management

The brainchild of owner-operator Melinda Woodhead, an experienced registered tourist guide and bespoke South African travel consultant for discerning guests from all over the world, The Cape Discovered,  Tours & Safaris was established to satisfy the need of discerning visitors to South African shores for private, reliable, luxurious tours with added touches to ensure a unique experience and enhance their time in South Africa and the rest of Southern Africa.

The Cape Discovered, Tours & Safaris  specialises in creating custom travel experiences and providing exclusive,  professional services to our clients, no matter the duration of the intended travel,  albeit a whirlwind 1 day day trip or a month taking in all the great spots South Africa and Southern Africa has on offer. 

Apart from our privately guided day tours, we organise special event trips  i.e. anniversaries, big birthdays, golfing tours, big spender and spa weekend breakaways with sunset cruises and massages, to yoga and adventure custom plans, destination wedding party travel, adrenaline and Big Five enthusiasts...we plan it, coordinate it, manage it  and make sure that all you do, is show up and have the time of your life. 

We excel at designing, coordinating and conducting tailor-made tours and itineraries within South Africa. Our meticulous attention to detail and thoughtfully created customised itineraries designed for each client, have become our trademark of excellence and part of the recipe for our success. 

All our private and multi-day tours are conducted in comfortable, luxury, climate controlled vehicles; chilled water is always included, as well as interesting commentary along the way.

A skilled and registered driver-guide will enhance your enjoyment and experience with their knowledge, facts and anecdotes of the areas you will be travelling in.  And if you want complete peace and quiet to drink in our unique sights...that can also be arranged!


Private Day Tours

The Cape Discovered Tours & Safaris offer and specialise in a variety of private day tours and transfer options to meet individual and small group travel requirements, although groups larger than 7 passengers can also be accommodated on request with prior arrangement.  At all times a bespoke Quote and Itinerary will be provided.


We offer a value for money experience, albeit a luxurious one.