Susan Worner Tours

Botswana/Namibia

Diverse verdant green landscapes, dramatic skies, unspoilt wilderness with game, bird-life, insects attracted by the fruiting trees and lush vegetation. We visit Northern Namibia, the Etosha National Park and the Zambesi region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Kwando/Linyanti delta continuing to Botswana, the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.

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Morocco Gardens

A country of contrasts and superb gardens. Tiled courtyard gardens in Marrakech, country gardens richly planted with roses, orange orchards and potager. Visit the Atlas Mountains, meet friendly Berbers and to Taroudant to explore bustling colourful souks and markets. Visit privately-owned innovative contemporary gardens designed by Arnaud MauriËres & Eric Ossart.

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The Italian Lakes

Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore, this tour gives a balance between interesting botanic gardens and those of classic Renaissance and later Italian style. The exuberant spring flowers are set against breath-taking scenery with many varieties of azalea, wisteria, cornus, and magnolia.

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Venice & the Veneto

The history and beauty of the Veneto region combined with the elegance of formal gardens along canals and behind high walls in Venice. Palladio influenced the country villas and gardens built along the Brenta in the seventeenth century. We stay in the Dorsodoro district just off the Grand Canal and use private boats to visit the gardens. One of our favourite Italian garden tours.

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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

We are delighted to offer details of our Autumn/Fall 2018 tours. Our spring season has been most enjoyable with tours to the Italian Lakes, Morocco and Venice. Our Iran tour in April was a great success;  finding swathes of foxtail lilies in the hills and the beautiful Fritillaria Imperialis high in the Zagros mountains were just one of many delights in this beautiful country.

Our 2019 programme is in preparation and will be released in late summer.

For all our tours, numbers are limited to ensure a small, convivial group of participants and we recommend you enquire about availability. We can offer to hold places for you on option for eight days.

Our autumn tours from October to early December concentrate on natural history destinations in Africa which cover local flora and fauna together with geology and superb landscapes.

Morocco is fascinating. Starting in Marrakech, we then cross the majestic Atlas mountains, descend the lush date palm Draa valley to the desert edge and spend three nights in luxury tents in the Sahara dunes. Daytime excursions on foot or by dromedary across the undulating dunes, we discover grasses, shrubs and even wild rocket and their culinary and medical uses  Lunch is cooked on hot stones and is enjoyed in the shade of a tamarisk tree.

Our group is limited to eight participants accompanied by Susan and a local guide. The desert is calm and serene, the night sky bright with stars.  An unforgettable adventure.  This year we are accompanied by a professional geologist with whom we shall discover fossils and learn about the formation of the Atlas and the fascinating rock formations.

Namibia has much to offer. It is a safe country with sustainable tourism ensuring a chance to discover both wildlife and flora in secluded wilderness areas.  When wildlife is sighted on the reserves, only our vehicles are there to enjoy to observe either a mother with young or a kill.  This is important to us.

One autumn tour is planned.

In October we visit the mythical, protected Skeleton Coast Wilderness in the Kunene region, north west Namibia is exceptional in every way. Pristine and secluded with the only access by charter flight to Hoanib, our lodge.  Beside visiting the remote coast, we discover desert-adapted elephant herds and giraffe browsing in the dry river beds lined with Camelthorn and Ana trees. Inland we support the Save the Rhino Trust by staying in a remote lodge to track wild black rhinos. Namibia’s indigenous ancient plant, Welwitschia mirabilis grows profusely in this region.

Full details of this tour with details of the lodges can be sent to you upon request.

Our success is due to innovative itineraries and careful attention to detail. We are expanding our bespoke itineraries for private groups of friends and for horticultural societies.

Looking forward to meeting you in 2018.

Susan Worner

Morocco

Morocco is fascinating. Starting in Marrakech, we then cross the majestic Atlas mountains, descend the lush date palm Draa valley to the desert edge and spend three nights in luxury tents in the Sahara dunes, we discover grasses, shrubs and even wild rocket and their culinary and medical uses…

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Namibia – Skeleton Coast

In October we visit the mythical, protected Skeleton Coast Wilderness in the Kunene region, north west Namibia is exceptional in every way. Pristine and secluded with the only access by charter flight to Hoanib, our lodge. Beside visiting the remote coast, we discover desert-adapted elephant herds and giraffe browsing in the dry river beds lined with Camelthorn and Ana trees…

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