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South Africa: Flowers of the Fairest Cape

31 Aug — 15 Sep 2018 | Tour Director: John Parker

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John Parker, MA, DPhil, FLS, VMH

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 2135 on British Airways.

Day

2

Arrive Cape Town 1000 and transfer to Portswood Hotel for four nights. Afternoon visits to Company’s Garden and Sea Point (Darwin plaque, geology and landscape of Cape Town and the Western Cape). Introductory lecture and welcome drink.

Day

3

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (established in 1913 and one of the finest botanic gardens in the world), Rondevlei Nature Reserve (wetland habitat home to around 230 bird species).

Day

4

Cable car up Table Mountain (conditions permitting). Afternoon: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Kommetjie beach, Boulders penguin colony.

Day

5

Cape Point Reserve and Cape of Good Hope (spectacular scenery, home to several species of antelope and around 250 species of bird). Afternoon: Cape Point (lighthouse), Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre and Buffels Bay.

Day

6

Drive north along the coast via Darling Village and Tienie Versfeld Reserve. Afternoon at Langebaan and Potsberg Reserves (vast carpets of colourful spring wildflowers). Continue to Citrusdal for three nights at Citrusdal Country Lodge.

Day

7

Morning: Middelberg fynbos and Pakhuis Pass, Cederberg Reserve. Afternoon walk along Sevilla rock art trail beside the Brandewyn River.

Day

8

Ramskop Nature Reserve (350 different wildflower species), Lambert’s Bay for Bird Island Nature Reserve (seabirds including Cape gannets and cormorants).

Day

9

Depart for De Hoop Reserve with en route stop at Karoo National Botanical Gardens. Three nights in De Hoop Reserve accommodation.

Day

10

Morning around De Hoop Reserve for limestone fynbos and wildlife. Afternoon: Koppie Alleen for coastal vegetation and whale watching.

Day

11

Optional early morning walk for bird-watching, followed by Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (FFI-supported) and Potberg Mountains.

Day

12

Whole day visit to Flower Valley Conservation Trust (astonishing landscape covered in fynbos). Three nights at Misty Waves Hotel, Hermanus.

Day

13

The Hangklip Coast: Harold Porter National Botanical Garden (rich coastal fynbos) and Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Day

14

Kogelberg Nature Reserve (walk along Palmiet River) and Oudebosch trail in Kogelberg, followed by Rooisand Nature Reserve.

Day

15

Return to Cape Town Airport via Sir Lowry’s Pass. Wine tasting and lunch at Lord Neethling’s Restaurant. Depart Cape Town 1930.

Day

16

Arrive Heathrow 0650.

Tour Dates

31 Aug — 15 Sep 2018

Days

16

Cost

£4495

Tour Code

SOAF-18

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Testimonial

Prof Parker was just amazing.  Apart from being lovely company, I can't believe how much botany I learned from him.  He is such an enthusiast for his subject and a fantastic teacher.  

Our South African guide Robbie was excellent, giving us real insights into life in South Africa today.  It was a real privilege to listen to him...We couldn't have had a better guide.

ACE Customer in 2017


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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, thirteen lunches (some packed), thirteen dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £695.

 
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