The Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa is one of the richest areas of plant biodiversity in the world. This tiny region on the southern tip of South Africa has been identified as one of the world's 35 biodiversity hotspots. As well as its botanical significance, the southern tip of South Africa is spectacularly beautiful, particularly in the flowering season.
Take a vivid journey though the plant riches of South Africa during its glorious spring, as each themed day reveals a new aspect of the region's botanical history. Travel with experienced botanical tour leader, Carolyn Fry, and learn about wildflowers and the Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as experiencing the vibrant culture and history, and enjoying the food and fine wine of South Africa: a journey that will leave you both uplifted and inspired.
One of only six Floral Kingdoms in the world – and the only one contained within a single country - it is by far the smallest and relatively the most diverse. One of the outstanding botanical stars of the show is the beautiful and distinctive Fynbos vegetation, unique to the Cape Floral Region, which includes the famous protea.
Carolyn Fry is an author and journalist specialising in science, conservation, natural history and adventure travel. She has written and contributed to 11 books, covering botanical explorers, the origins of plant-based foods and climate science. Carolyn has won many awards for her work, including the 2016 Garden Media Guild Award for Best Environmental Book for 'Seeds: Safeguarding our Future.'
A former editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, Carolyn has contributed to New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, BBC History, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday and Kew Magazine, among others. Her work has taken her far and wide; from visiting the world’s most remote post office in Antarctica, to following in the footsteps of Livingstone in Zambia and wandering ancient palm forests in the Seychelles.
She has appeared on two BBC documentaries, to discuss the role of plants as commodities during the British Empire and the resurgence of tropical gardens.
Pre-Tour Victoria Falls Extension: 19 - 21 August 2024
Main Tour: 22 August - 5 September 2024
Post-Tour Safari Extension: 5 -8 September 2024
The cost of the tour sharing a room is US $5,370 pp. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is US $6,227