South Africa Gardens

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South Africa:

Botanical Riches, Gardens, and Game Reserves

October 28 - November 13, 2018

With an optional extension to Victoria Falls


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South Africa is noted for its biodiversity, big game animals, colorful birdlife, wines, cuisine, culture and history. During this springtime exploration of natural and cultural history, we indulge in all that South Africa has to offer. Johannesburg and Pretoria share a rich gardening tradition. We will explore both public and private gardens in these capital cities.

The Cape Floral Region, the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, is dominated by Mediterranean-type fynbos filled with botanical treasures. An excursion to The Cape of Good Hope takes us through rugged scenery in the heart of the fynbos. In addition to wild areas, we will explore private and public gardens, including the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens at the foot of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Cape Town has a storied cultural past, and we will explore the colonialism and Apartheid.

The Drakensberg Mountains offer a distinctly different flora, with familiar plants like gladiolus and agapanthus. Starting in the coastal town of Durban, we visit gardens and travel to the dramatic Giant’s Castle to discover unique plants, game animals, and Bushman rock art.

No trip to Africa is complete without a big game safari. Kapama Game Reserve is sure to reward a visit with views of Africa’s Big Five game animals, as well as a dazzling array of exquisite birds.

     Trip Highlights       
  • Enjoy escorted tours to 10 outstanding botanical gardens including Kirstenbosch, Stellenberg, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Walter Sisu National Botanical Gardens, and Pretoria Botanical Gardens
  • Visit to private gardens in Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • Track the "Big Five" on game drives in Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • Marvel at the diversity and beauty of a variety of South Africa's 950 bird species
  • Experience the rugged coastline and quaint villages of the South Cape region
  • Stand on lands end at the Cape of Good Hope
  • Discover the beauty and diversity of the Cape Floral Region and the fynbos
  • Explore the history and legacy of Apartheid in Cape Town, including Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisioned
  • Ride a funicular to the top of Historic Table Mountain
  • Tour the cultural heritage and gardens of Durban, South Africa's third largest city
  • Survey the flora of Giant's Castle, a World Heritage Site, with botanist Elsa Pooley
  • Learn the messages in the 2,000 year old rock paintings of Giant's Castle
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