Susan Worner Tours

  1. Provence – Private Gardens of Leading Designers based in Hotel La Mirande, Avignon

    01 – 06 June 2020

    A particularly good selection of private gardens in Provence created by leading local landscape designers has been chosen for this tour. Those in the Luberon are influenced by the late Nicole de Vésian, who created her personal garden, La Louve, in Bonnieux. We visit an impressive Land Art garden near Eygalières at the foot of Les Alpilles designed by Alain David Idoux, a pupil of de Vésian. In addition we discover gardens created by Dominique Lafourcade, an influential designer from St Rémy de Provence.

  2. Namibia – Skeleton Coast – Twyfelfontein – Palmwag

    We arrange bespoke tour itineraries for small groups of friends or colleagues wishing to travel together to a special destination or for specialist horticultural groups. The minimum numbers are eight guests who will be accompanied by Susan or her specialist guides. We have the experience, know the good hotels or...
  3. Namibia – Skeleton Coast – Twyfelfontein – Palmwag

    25 October – 05 November 2018

    Namibia is such a diverse and fascinating country. The Skeleton Coast is the focus of our journey to a vast, remote region in the north west known as the Kunene. The absolute highlight is the three days at Hoanib Camp, in an isolated mountainous wilderness with desert-adapted wildlife and flora, and a unique chance to experience the dramatic shores of the Skeleton Coast with seal colonies and shipwrecks.

    We start our journey after an overnight stay in Windhoek and fly to the Palmwag Concession in Damaraland and to the Desert Rhino Camp where the largest free-ranging population of black rhino are being protected in the Save the Rhino programme. After two days we fly to the remote Hoanib Camp for three nights with amazing activities during the day including a trip to the coast. Situated in the protected Skeleton Coast area, access is very limited. On leaving Hoanib, we spend two days at Mowani Lodge in Damaraland. Desert-adapted elephants, lions and cheetahs can be spotted on our game drives.

    Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. Our guide/driver, Siggi Straube, is from Namibia, a top-rate guide and photographer. The local lodge guides are well trained and their knowledge of fauna and flora is excellent.

    The group is small, maximum 10 guests. Internal flights are with Wilderness private charter planes. For some of the journey we travel in a coach well built for the terrain and comfortable. Overnight flights from London Heathrow are with South African Airways.

    We can arrange extensions to the tour for you to discover more of Namibia with our guide either by vehicle or with charter flights to remote regions.

  4. Namibia – Deserts, Dunes and Canyons – Landscapes, Geology, Flora and Fauna

    22 November - 06 December 2019

    An amazing country of sweeping landscapes, impressive mountains, fascinating geology with the oldest dunes in the world, canyons and deserts. Namibia has wide-open spaces with few inhabitants but a wealth of flora and fauna all adapted to the environment. Our itinerary covers the central and southern regions of the country, malaria-free zones.

    The lodges and guest farmhouses chosen are small with all comforts and good food. They are attractively designed in typical vernacular style with breath-taking views and always a friendly welcome. After each travel day, we spend a relaxing day around our chosen lodge with the emphasis on local activities.

    Our road travel is in a comfortable vehicle adapted to gravel tracks which form a major part of our journeys. We are accompanied throughout by an excellent and knowledgeable local guide, who is also a professional photographer.

  5. South Africa – The Western Cape – Exceptional Gardens and Private Reserves

    We arrange bespoke tour itineraries for small groups of friends or colleagues wishing to travel together to a special destination or for specialist horticultural groups. The minimum numbers are eight guests who will be accompanied by Susan or her specialist guides. We have the experience, know the good hotels or...
  6. South Africa – The Western Cape – Exceptional Gardens and Private Reserves

    17 – 30 October 2017

    The Western Cape garden tour combines well with the flora and wildlife in the spectacular hinterland of the Little Karoo and the mountainous coastline.

    The region has a Mediterranean climate, abundant sources of water, mostly acid soil and above all a rich indigenous flora and exceptional gardens. Some surround delightful Cape Dutch manor houses, others are extensive plant collectors’ gardens and some with contemporary design. Kirstenbosch garden is fascinating, with a vast collection of indigenous Cape plants and trees.

    The Winelands town of Stellenbosch is our base to discover the fabulous private gardens of the Cape. Oude Werf Hotel is in the centre of Stellenbosch, a university town with beautiful Cape Dutch architecture. It has many street cafes, good shops and restaurants.

    We leave for the coastal region to the superb private nature reserve lodge at Grootbos surrounded by a milkwood forest and rich coastal fynbos. There is a chance to whale watch in Gansbaai. In the remote Karoo hinterland we stay at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve of 52,000 hectares. The reserve is involved in re-introducing and conserving wildlife eradicated over a century ago and the rich wild flora.

    We use direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town.

    Our group has a maximum of 14 participants. We use a small, comfortable coach.

  7. South Africa – The Western Cape – Exceptional Gardens and Private Reserves

    08 - 21 November 2019

    The Western Cape garden tour combines beautiful gardens at the start of summer with the flora and wildlife in the spectacular hinterland of the Little Karoo and the mountainous coastline.

    The region has a Mediterranean climate, abundant sources of water, mostly acid soil and above all a rich indigenous flora and exceptional gardens. Some surround delightful Cape Dutch manor houses, others are extensive plant collectors’ gardens and some with contemporary design. Kirstenbosch gardens have an exceptional collection of plants only of the Cape in a stunning location at the foot of the Table Mountain Range. One of the most recently created gardens is Babylonstoren which is spectacular in its design and concept.

    The Winelands town of Stellenbosch is our base to discover the fabulous private gardens of the Cape. Oude Werf Hotel is in the centre of Stellenbosch, a university town with eye-catching Cape Dutch architecture. It has many street cafes, good shops and restaurants. We visit the national park of Cape Point with its rich indigenous fynbos vegetation and superb vistas.

    We continue to the remote Little Karoo hinterland to stay at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve of 52,000 hectares. This reserve is involved in the re-introducing and conserving wildlife eradicated over a century ago and encouraging the rich wild flora. We leave over the mountains for the coastal region to the superb private nature reserve lodge at Grootbos surrounded by a milkwood forest and rich coastal fynbos. There is a chance to whale watch in Gansbaai.