Meet our Team

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa Bespoke is a boutique tour operator, ready to make your African travel dreams come true. Find out more about our team here…Our ability to provide bespoke itineraries is largely thanks our dedicated team of travel consultants who are ready to customise your request at the drop of a hat. We understand that everyone has different needs and ideas when it comes to travel, and that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Our team is completely passionate about travel, fabulously friendly and great to deal with. We are incredibly efficient and highly skilled at putting together the most complex journeys you can imagine, and draw on our wealth of experience in tourism to do this. We provide local knowledge and first-hand advice on the best places to stay and experiences to enjoy. Our mission is stay stay up to date with the latest and greatest travel concepts in Africa, thereby enabling us to provide you with expert advice and local knowledge you need to enjoy rich, seamless journeys through Africa.

We also keep up to date via safari specialists and tour guides who are out in the field, touring all the time in various regions. Africa Bespoke prides itself on the quality of these consultants. They are all highly regarded within their various fields and regions. It is these consultants who provide Africa Bespoke with an extra layer of reliable, current knowledge of the various regions and specialist activities within Southern Africa. It is precisely this current knowledge and personal relationships we have with suppliers and service providers that will reward you, our clients, with the most memorable experiences and excellent service during your travels here.

TRAVEL CONSULTANTS

Luke Powers Africa Bespoke Travel Consultant

LUKE POWERS

Born and raised in Cape Town, Luke is passionate about travelling – in South Africa and beyond. He studied graphic design originally and during this time was exposed to the travel industry as a river guide. With many years experience in the front line of the tourism industry to call on, Luke knows all about service and what makes the difference to travellers experience being average or incredible. He now spends his time planning journeys, adventures and holidays for inbound travellers to Africa.

Luke will assist you with putting together a fantastic itinerary for your visit. His local knowledge and vast experience of Southern African travel puts him in the perfect position to be able to advise you where to go and when.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys hanging out with his family, exploring the inner city of Cape Town, browsing junk stores and Milnerton Market. He also has a bit of a running addiction, loves good coffee and has a weakness for fresh croissants. When he is not in the office you will probably find him running around a mountain or surfing somewhere along the Cape Peninsula.

Favourite destinations
Sossusvlei (Namibia), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe/Zambia), Bazaruto Islands (Mozambique)

Memorable travel experiences
Eating a sit-down dinner right on the edge of Victoria Falls, on Livingstone Island, under the moonbow.
Watching the sunrise from the top of Dune 45, Sossusvlei, seeing the dunes being painted orange by the sunlight at dawn.
A two-night dhow trip in Lamu, Kenya, camping on atolls and braaiing freshly caught red snapper.
Seeing the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. Hard to describe this experience, and the jungle vistas are just breathtaking.

Favourite hotel / lodge
Tongabezi, Zambia
Wolwedans Boulders Camp, Namibia
Ellerman House, Cape Town

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WALLIE DU TOIT

As early as I know wine has always been a part of my life. Growing up in the Winelands of South Africa and studying at Stellenbosch University seemed to prepare me for the road ahead. Armed with a business and law degree, by chance I fell into the wine industry 20 odd years ago. It led me on a fascinating journey into the world of wine, from working in cellar at a world famous South African winery to a wine shop in the United Kingdom to being involved in selling and establishing  wine markets in 26 countries. During this time, I traveled to Japan, Brazil and many countries in between, while furthering my education at the Cape Wine Academy and the Wine, Spirits and Education Trust in London. Through these experiences I saw the need to curate bespoke wine tours that showcase the very best of what South Africa has to offer. It would be a great pleasure to create a bespoke tour for you!

When not in the office, you will find me spending time with my family, enjoying a leisurely lunch at a winery or taking on a long distance running excursion.

First wine memory
Having a sip of KWV Steen at my grandfather’s house at the age of five.

Most memorable wine
There have been many over the years. If I have to choose one though, it would be Krug 1989. It made my world seem to be in harmony. I was flat broke at the time and the British winter was not helping!

Favourite South African wine
How long is a piece of string? We have incredible ancient soils and many different meso climates in South Africa which allows for wonderful different expressions of noble cultivars . At the moment I am really enjoying old bush vine chenins, but with 650 wineries on our doorstep, the options are endless.