It's an established fact that experiential tourism is a key component of modern day travel.
Travel Designer, as urban safari specialists create itineraries that give our clients access to a carefully selected group of inspiring artists, eateries and local legends that call Cape Town home. Among them a champion barista, ex-Miss South Africa, famed cartoonist, private chef and female racing driver.
The brainchild of Founder Ozzy Yerlikaya, a personality powerhouse with over ten years experience in the industry, Travel Designer has become synonymous with curated adventures and with their original idea of matching guests to Cape Town's Legends.
Having stepped beyond the ordinary, we don’t want visitors to Cape Town to limit their time only to iconic attractions and recognised restaurants, without truly engaging with the people who make this country special. There is more to travel, and these out of the box experiences enable guests to not only see Cape Town like a local but also with a local, meeting as many of the Mother’s City’s charismatic characters as possible. All people they would otherwise not have had access to.
In addition, our ‘on-board specialist’ concept allows us to provide experts for activities such as trail-running, mountain-biking and yoga, as well as chefs and sommeliers on culinary tours. Sticking with the urban safari theme, the Travel Designer brand is instantly recognisable by our limited edition luxury Land Rover Defenders "Afrika” and “Seyyah that add an element of intrepid adventure to your tour.
Step beyond the ordinary with our made-to-order itineraries by letting us carefully craft your holiday moments in Cape Town and throughout Southern Africa.
Our Adventurists are all qualified Western Cape tour guides with a special love and passion for their job and currently include Ozzy, Dave, Chris and Robin. This special band of adventurists share a mix of magic and are driven to fulfilling your expectations during your stay in the most beautiful and diverse city in the world.
For further information please check our website and social media channels below.
For assistance and bookings contact us on email@example.com or call Ozzy on +27 76 907 9466 and Fezz at +27 66 458 4422.
Meet The Travel Designer Team
Meet Ozzy, the magic maker.
Ozzy understands travel.
Born in the seductive city of Istanbul where Europe meets Asia, Ozzy was raised in the East of Turkey near the Iranian border, going on to study Economics in Izmir. Throughout his childhood Ozzy travelled extensively with his family, fuelling his strong desire to see the world.
After accepting that Economics was not his future, Ozzy began to focus on photography with a specific interest in travel photography, escaping lectures in lieu of capturing images of people and life on the move, seeing the world through a lens as his two passions, travel and photography merged.
Forever pushing his personal boundaries, Ozzy started scuba diving in 2000 and can still remember vividly what it felt like the first time he saw the ocean from below, the serenity and strong connection to himself. At that point, he was unaware that the next 8 years would be predominantly water-based. Ozzy became CMAS and PADI certified as a professional diving instructor, working at some of the best scuba diving sites in Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Lucky for us, in 2007 Ozzy took up an invitation to move to South Africa as Operations Manager at Elements Travel, a Turkish tour operator. This is where his passion for travel expanded to the dusty plains and wildlife of his newly adopted country.
As much as the cosmopolitan nature of Johannesburg drew his interest it was Cape Town that captured his heart and in 2009 he settled in the Mother City. Motivated by a burning desire to offer the very best travel experiences to his clients, Ozzy founded Travel Designer and Cape Town Legends, allowing him to bring together extraordinary people, his kind of people, that would otherwise not have the opportunity to meet.
Ever inspired by the artists, eateries and hotspots he supports, Ozzy’s passion for tourism, the planet and good times is unrivalled. Add to that his ready smile and sense of humour, consummate professionalism and commitment to giving you the very best of travel, and you're unlikely to do better.
And all this before we even mention his serious coffee making skills and mobile gin bar.
Meet Fezz, our Operations Manager
Fevzi Dikici, or Fezz as he is fondly known, has travel firmly under his skin. Born and raised in Antalya, Turkey where he went to high school, he later graduated with a degree in Economics from Uludağ University in Bursa in 2004. An avid diver since 1999, Fezz qualified as a Diving Instructor with extensive PADI and CMAS courses to his name, creating a successful career from his love for the ocean. Certified as an AIDA 3* Free Diver he also taught Specialty Courses such as Deep Water, Navigation, Night Diving, Underwater Photography, Wreck Diving, and Buoyancy Control. Fezz became an active member of the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) teaching Care For Children W/AED course. He later took these skills back to Uludağ University and started an HSA program at the school. This program is ongoing.
Managing dive centres in South East Asia for many years has equipped Fezz with an excellent understanding of the tourism industry, as well as the detailed mechanics that make for a successful business. Over the years Fezz has worked in Turkey, Alaska, Honduras, Indonesia, the Maldives, Malaysia and Thailand. His travels taking him through South America, as he wanted to learn Spanish, with highlights being his time in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Cuba, before a visit to the Galapagos. He returned to Turkey for a few years where he ran his own company, before embarking on a motorbike overland adventure through Europe and into the Balkan states in 2016, where he got to visit 17 countries. From there though it was the draw of South Africa - that he'd previously visited - that captured his heart, and he set up home in Cape Town in 2017, joining the Travel Designer team and longtime friend Ozzy.
As Operations Manager, Fezz sees to the essential details that ensure fine-tuned experiences and the promise of excellence delivered.Contact Fezz on firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Dawn, our dream holiday maker
Our latest recruit is Dawn Jorgensen, an award-winning travel writer who on her blog The Incidental Tourist shares stories from around the world.
With a background in hospitality and tour operating, and having run her own tour operating company for over a decade, Dawn is bringing her extensive travel experience, passion and knowledge to the team. She also wrote the copy for our website and is behind the Travel Designer blog.
As a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, it’s people and the environment, Dawn shares her narratives, stories and photographs from around the globe, including accounts of gorilla trekking in Uganda, tree planting in Zambia, city-slicking in Athens, crampon hiking in Patagonia and Turtle Rescue in Kenya. As a freelance writer you will also find her accommodation reviews, tales of discovery from her international and local travels, as well as details of conservation campaigns that she supports.
When not travelling or travel designing, her time is spent as near to the ocean as possible, getting ever more familiar with Cape Town, doing yoga and taking long walks with her beloved pitbull pups. Her love for people, and the environment, ever palpable.Contact Dawn on email@example.com
Meet Dave, the sage
With the exciting changes in South Africa at the end of the Apartheid era, Dave pursued opportunities within the leisure and travel industry, which was suddenly open for business. A fortuitous break into luxury hospitality came in the form of a marketing position at Rovos Rail, where he spent 11 happy, formative years travelling extensively between the Americas and South Africa promoting the Most Luxurious Train in the World.
An urge to be closer to his family in the Western Cape prompted him to secure a position in International sales at the Cape Grace Hotel, where he was based for 2,5 years. A successful career firmly established in the formal hospitality environment, Dave left sheltered employment and the corporate grind for a life-changing sabbatical. His timing could not have been better, as a fortuitous catch up at a local restaurant with a friend and former neighbour Ozzy would prove. A conversation about business and aspirations were matched by Ozzy’s enthusiasm and incredible knowledge of the Mother City, inspiring Dave to complete his Cape Town and surrounds guiding qualification, which he now has, joining the Travel Designer fold.Contact Dave on firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Chris, our Explorer
Growing up in the southern shadow of Table Mountain Chris developed a strong passion and pride for the cultural and natural heritage of the Cape.
After an interest in Cape medicinal plants lead Chris to pioneering award-winning eco-winelands walking tour at Waterford Estate, it was clear to him that guiding came naturally, and so he took it up as a profession.
Chris is inspired by the Cape's creativity, especially its music. If not out surfing or hiking, in his free time Chris writes music with a unique Cape flavour.
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Meet Robin, the Companion
With a history grounded in promotions, service and education Robin laid the foundation for his dream job with a start in teaching followed by a sales role servicing diverse industries and clients continuously seeking learning opportunities. Robin’s move to Cape Town in 2005 was the final piece of the puzzle to a new journey. He left the structure of the corporate world and channelled his love for sharing knowledge and the Cape into tourism when in 2010 he qualified as a Western Cape cultural guide.
Robin instantly knew he had found his sweet-spot. Robin has worked with clients across countries like the US, UK, Spain, Australia, Turkey, India and more. From a simple transfer to Wine Safari’s to showing his favourite secret penguin spot, Robin strives to customize experiences to each person’s preferences. His good relationships with industry personnel across the Western Cape added to his passion for discovering the unique means he can offer guests the experience they will remember and share.
When he is not working, Robin is a family man and enjoys taking his family to explore, sharing his love for music and new places.
He cannot wait for his son to join in his passions for coffee and wine but for now, sharing his enthusiasm for good food keeps them discovering and delighting in delectable moments.
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Meet Doug and Stout, brothers unleashed
Doug Turvey is a registered and accredited tour guide who grew up in South Africa where he represented the country in both athletics and spring-board diving. After graduating in commerce from the Universities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, Doug spent a number of years living and travelling extensively throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Doug has visited over 70 countries and his passion for travel shines through in his interaction with our guests.
Other than travel, Doug’s interests include a wide variety of subjects that span wildlife and conservation, adventure sports, aviation and photography along with his true passion, his Belgian Shepherd and 4-legged bestie adventurist named Stout, who accompanies guests on their tours.
Having removed himself from the high-powered world of finance, Doug re-ignited his adventurous spark and joined Ozzy to help run the Travel Designer business. He’s only too happy to escape the office and share his passion for sport, the outdoors and adventure with his guests. You name it, he does it, trail running, hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddling, kiteboarding and adventure racing.
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Meet Trent, the wine enthusiast
Born and raised in Johannesburg, after graduating from high school and due to his desire to travel, Trent decided to do a sailing course where he discovered his love for the ocean. He subsequently spent a year working onboard a small yacht and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Namibia to St. Helena Island and on to Brazil and Trinidad. Igniting a love for people and their cultures.
After more than a year on the boats Trent decided to move back home. In 2015 he relocated to the Western Cape, where he embarked on a new challenge - the journey of wine. Trent spent three years working at Waterford Wine Estate, a sophisticated winery on the outskirts of Stellenbosch that is celebrated for its fine releases and close relationship with nature’s cycles.
A natural progression, Trent is now a qualified tour guide with Travel Designer and delights in sharing his passion for hiking, food, wine and sport with the people he hosts, thriving on the conversations as he learns about their cultures, while telling the unique South African story.Contact Trent on firstname.lastname@example.org