Welcome to D-Side Travel

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Welcome to D-Side Travel

Plan personalized epicurean journeys across the globe
plan your next trip

Welcome to D-Side Travel

Unwind on a private island
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Welcome to D-Side Travel

get ready for some wild encounters in the African savanna
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Welcome to D-Side Travel

Explore the ancient forests and beaches of Principe
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Welcome to D-Side Travel

Chase the Northern Lights in Iceland
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We provide personalized travel planning throughout the African continent and beyond.

Witness the Serengeti’s Great Migration, dive uncharted waters in the Maldives, go on a hedonistic discovery of the Mediterranean – at D-Side Travel, we create journeys that inspire the mind, body and soul.

Each itinerary is a once-off trip that is personally tailored to your unique travel dream, requirements, taste and budget. Each journey created by D-Side draws upon years of personal experience and first-hand research for immersive holidays with the most exciting, inspiring and enlightening activities.

Explore the world’s wonders – your way

About us

daniela bonanno
daniela bonanno
daniela & Francesca
Daniela Bonanno
Francesca Ashburner
daniela bonanno
Daniela & Vesper

Daniela Bonanno


My truest moments of joy in life have always involved travel adventures with my family, great food, unforgettable sunsets and sunrises and the discovery of new hidden gems around the globe.

Enchanted by the continent’s warmth, untamed landscapes and vivid stories, South Africa stole my heart in 2002. With 20 years of travel planning experience and roots in Europe and the US, I have a unique understanding of diverse travel desires from across the globe.

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Francesca Ashburner

journey coordinator

On a family holiday in Greece as a teenager-the travel bug bit. My passion and enthusiasm for the magic of travel led me to study & embark on a career in travel, which has spanned 30 years. I have explored over 20 countries and lived and worked in London for 11 years before returning to my happy place -Cape Town, my favourite gateway to the awe inspiring African continent and the place that inspires me to make other people’s travel dreams come true.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

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Creating your journey

Dream it

Dream without boundaries – the sky’s the limit. This is your voyage, tailored to you. If you can envision it, we’ll weave it into a reality.

Plan it

We craft bespoke journeys to match your unique travel dreams with insider expertise, personal insight and boundless connections.

Live it

Embrace every instant of your meticulously designed journey, leaving stress behind and welcoming tranquility and the voyage of a lifetime.


Although we believe that the idea of a perfect trip can vary from person to person, there are some common elements that often contribute to a great experience.

Gathering all the information to make that perfect trip a reality can be overwhelming, so we are here to realize that vision by carefully listening to your every travel desire, budget constraint (or not), time limitation and wildest travel idea to enhance all your travel needs.

We approach each itinerary with the same enthusiasm as we would if it were our own trip. We listen, we collaborate, we engage and we tap into our 20+ years of experience

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Why travel with us?

We are honest, extremely resourceful and very patient. As great listeners, we carefully gain a deep understanding of your travel style, aesthetic, personal interests and passions.

With a deeper understanding of your unique travel dream, we’ll establish a framework for how we can elevate your experience.

Next, we engage with our trusted, handpicked partners around the globe to come up with a perfect itinerary for YOU.

Once your trip has been booked, we assist you with all the relevant checklists and country-specific information to get you ready and excited for your trip.

While you travel, we remain behind the scenes to assist with any spontaneous changes or with any of the multitude of factors that could affect your trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which countries & what types of trips do you specialize in?
How long should my trip be?
Which is the best place to go on safari?
Is there an additional fee to plan a trip with D-Side Travel?
When is the best time to travel to Africa?
Can you breakdown the cost of our trip and itemize each service?

“Flawless! We don’t know what else to say. This was without a doubt the best vacation we have ever taken and we owe it all to you. Thank you for a life changing experience.”


Everything was perfect … Your attention to detail and timely correspondence was greatly appreciated.

Marla and Wayne

Daniela is a travel designer who is a traveler herself … She understands traveling with kids, the importance of excellent guides, what constitutes charming lodging and how to create an individualized experience based on your interests


Working with Dani for client trips to Africa means trusted recommendations and flawless execution. She understands what my clients expect and delivers every time!


This was a trip I simply could not have planned on my own (although I typically do) – you need someone on the ground like Daniela who knows the tour companies and the lodges personally and who can make things happen.

Michele B