Details of our 2020 Natural History Tours to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa will be available in January 2020
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.