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.