03 – 16 November 2020
Our Western Cape tour combines beautiful gardens in springtime 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. We visit exceptional gardens, of which some surround delightful Cape Dutch manor houses, while others are extensive plant collectors’ gardens, and yet others feature contemporary designs. Among the highlights are Kirstenbosch gardens, with a remarkable collection of indigenous plants laid out in a stunning location at the foot of the Table Mountain Range; and the recently created Babylonstoren, spectacular in both design and concept.
Our base for the first part of the tour is Oude Werf Hotel in the centre of the Winelands town of Stellenbosch. A university town with eye-catching Cape Dutch architecture, Stellenbosch has good shops, and many street cafes and restaurants.
We continue to the remote Little Karoo hinterland to stay at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. With an area of 58,000 hectares, the reserve focuses on the re-introduction and conservation of wildlife eradicated over a century ago, and the protection of a rich diversity of wild flora. From here, we head over the mountains to the coastal region and the superb private nature reserve lodge at Grootbos, surrounded by a milkwood forest and wonderful coastal fynbos (wild flora endemic to this part of South Africa). Here, we may enjoy the added bonus of whale watching in Gansbaai.
Video kindly supplied by Seppelt & Adrian.