• Experience the astonishing diversity of South Africa’s flora, from the spring bulbs and carpets of daisies along the West Coast to the verdant forests of the Indian Ocean coast on the Garden Route
• Delve into the Klein Karoo, a unique semi-arid but bio-diverse environment set amongst majestic mountains, and with many famous wineries
This tour has been designed to highlight the diversity of the wonderful and unique Western Cape flora in all its botanical richness, while building a wider appreciation of the landscapes, their geology, the wildlife and the people. Our route sweeps north up the West Coast before exploring east and south to the Indian Ocean coast. This will provide a feast for the senses: from the exquisite wildflowers of Postberg and the sandveld to the towering yellowwoods of the sea-level forest at Tsitsikamma; from the wave-crested ocean fringing Featherbed Nature Reserve to the wineries of Plettenberg Bay. We will experience the Western Cape’s unique fynbos environment, the succulents and drought-resisting plants of the Klein Karoo, and bulb-rich renosterveld – their dynamically changing habitats dependent on rainfall, aspect and soil type.
This tour will be led by botanist (and keen bird-watcher) John Parker, MA, DPhil, FLS, VMH. John was Professor of Plant Cytogenetics, Director of the University Botanic Garden, and Curator of the University Herbarium at Cambridge University for 15 years. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. John has served as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was on the Council and Committees of the Royal Horticultural Society, and has held an Honorary Fellowship of the Natural History Museum, London. He has particular interests in the interactions of humans with their environment, and has led many tours of the Galapagos Archipelago and the Western Cape of South Africa, as well as closer to home exploring the Welsh Marches.