Since the early 80s, Forum has been the mainstay of my personal YPO involvement, especially the annual Retreats with memorable venues, inspiring programmes, and time to review and renew. It has been my pleasure, since 2002, to assist Forum Retreats and Chapter Retreats from all over the world in planning 3 to 5 day Retreats in Southern Africa. Building on my personal knowledge, my team creates tailor-made specialist trips that deliver only-in-YPO type experiences. Each itinerary provides an intimate and memorable taste of African hospitality, wildlife and beauty where every aspect of your journey is carefully considered and perfectly planned.

Marco Van Embden
Cape Town Chapter Member; Founder Member YPO Cape Town Chapter; Chairman Cape Town 2000 YPO University; Past Vice-Chair International YPO Board; Hickok Award Winner


  • Whale-watching from a helicopter in Hermanus
  • Or big 5 game spotting by helicopter over the Okavango Delta
  • Then there is the quiet majesty of a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti ending with champagne breakfast and talk by a special guest
  • For lovers of fine cuisine, there’s unforgettable dune dining in the Namibian desert or a dinner table over the thundering Victoria Falls
  • Picnic on a private Zambezi River island with a local choir to entertain you
  • Or dine in style as you’re hosted at one of Cape Town, the culinary capital of Africa’s, exclusive restaurants by the owner or chef
  • Nothing compares to a view from above: take a light aircraft flight over the Cape Winelands with picnic lunch in an historic wine estate
  • Or traverse the coast with a helicopter trip from the world-famous V&A Waterfront to view Cape Point and Cape Agulhas, where two mighty oceans meet
  • Cook and enjoy a meal with a local Cape Malay family in their home
  • And experience a fresh seafood barbeque (locally called ‘braai’) on an exclusive beach with a glimpse into ancient beach-combers by a local historian and anthropologist
  • Savour a private wine cellar tasting with a imminent vineyard owner and first-hand sabrage demonstration
  • Take the time for desert star-gazing in a Namib desert observatory hosted by an astronomer
  • For beauty, nothing beats a private tour of Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, guided by one of the Cape’s top botanists
  • If it’s island treasures you prefer, you’ll find exclusive sun, sea and sand-filled Indian Ocean islands nearby
  • Africa is unparalleled for wildlife sighting. You can do it behind a lens with our wildlife photography safari experience, led by a top photographer
  • Or right up close by getting involved in a Save the Rhino tracking programme with specialist rangers and conservationists
  • Then there’s the bucket-list Rwanda gorilla tracking experience and private engagement with the gorilla vets who work so hard to conserve them
  • Whatever you’re looking for, the astonishing diversity of Southern Africa, can provide it all

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