Next stop, Cape Town, South Africa for a 15-day tour


In September, I will be heading back to Cape Town, South Africa, to lead my second garden tour there.

In 2012, I led a tour out of Cape Town along the Garden Route, calling at Stellenbosch and Knysna on route before leaving the Western Cape to jump over to Durban and Swaziland and on to Johannesburg.

This time, we will be heading north of Cape Town to see the magical natural floral landscape of Namaqualand, famous world-wide for its spectacular spring wildflowers.

Namaqualand in spring.

The fact that this is such a popular destination for people from all over the world meant that we needed to get our hotel reservations in very early to secure a place for viewing the Namaqualand’s unique and magnificent landscape.

We will, of course, also visit all the key sites in and around Cape Town, including Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope as well as taking time to sample the fine wines of the Stellenbosch area.

Namaqualand in all its wildflower glory in spring.

Following the tour, we will head off to Kruger National Park for a game drive. This is something we also did the last time I was in South Africa and it was one the highlights of the total adventure.

This tour was sold out many months ago, although I heard this week from my agent Lyle Truden at Flight Centre that there are still people trying to get on the tour. I hope we manage somehow to find a way to accommodate them as it really is a fabulous trip.

Loraine Whysall at the Cape of Good Hope in 2012.

You can follow along with us by visiting this website where I plan to file regular bulletins about what we are doing each day.

These posts will feature lots of photos and the reports will be compiled in one place under Garden Tours in a special South Africa Tour 2018 section.

At the moment, this is the only entry you will see there, but when the tour gets under way in September you will see the section become more and more populated.

Guides at Kruger National Park offer early morning refreshments during game drive.

In the meantime, we are still taking bookings for the just-announced India Tour for February 2018. Click here to see details. You will see a separate post here. And we plan to announce details very soon of an exciting Italy Lakes and Islands Tour in May 2018.

I am fully expecting this particular tour to be hugely popular, so I know it will be smart to reserve a space sooner than later. Italy is always such a delightful place to visit and we know it well now after having been there multiple times and having led several tours to various parts over the years.

South African dancers ready to give a performance.

I have been told by my people who have travelled with me in the past that they prefer having as much advance notice as possible for tours.

I have tended to think that six months is more than enough advance notice but apparently some people would like even more notice as they make a decision up to a year in advance of travelling.

Please CLICK HERE for more information about my tour. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at the email below.



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