Cape Botanical Tours
In and around the Cape Town are, you will find very unusual natural vegetation called Fynbos which is a unique and strikingly beautiful group of flora endemic to a small section of the Western Cape of South Africa. There are only six floral kingdoms in the world, and Fynbos not only constitutes one kingdom (the smallest) all on its own, but is the only one occurring entirely within one country. There are 9000 species in the Cape area, and over 2 000 species on Table Mountain alone.
Cape Classics Travel can arrange tours for you to visit the beautiful botanical and private gardens that we have in the Cape. The best time would be in our spring months of September and October.
- Kirstenbosch – is South Africa’s world-famous national botanical garden. Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak it is home to more than 22 000 indigenous plants. Kirstenbosch is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. Furthermore, what makes the garden so famous worldwide is that, (with minor exceptions) only indigenous plants are cultivated.
- Harold Porter National Botanical Garden – nestled between mountains and the sea, this peaceful garden, an hour’s drive from Cape Town, incorporates four important vegetation types found in the Overberg. With about 1,600 plant species, the area contains a floral diversity per unit area that is greater than anywhere else in the world. The Garden consists of 10 hectares of cultivated gardens and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural Fynbos. Afro montane forests, wetlands, coastal dunes and Fynbos plants are all represented. Nature trails take the visitor up Disa Kloof (named after the unique orchid found in the Cape) and Leopard’s Kloof, both with spectacular waterfalls and enchanted forests.
- Vergelegen Estate – is situated in Somerset West half an hour’s drive from Cape Town.With its world renowned handcrafted wines, history spanning over 300 years, heritage, refined cuisine and exquisite gardens, it is no surprise that Vergelegen continues to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience. For this reason, the Estate has borne witness to many visits of heads of state and celebrities from all over the world. The over 300 year old majestic camphor trees and magnificent homestead and library bear testimony to the estates grandeur. The Camphor trees are the oldest living officially documented trees on the sub -continent.
- The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel – situated in the beautiful Constantia Valley hugging the slopes of Table Mountain and surrounded by nine and a half acres of gardens was chosen to receive the Relais & Châteaux Garden Trophy for 2010.
- Namaqualand – One of the spectacles in Africa is the flowering of a 600-mile strip of coastal desert which once a year becomes a carpet of blooms. If you have the time to venture 5 hours up our West coast, in the months of August and September and sometimes into October, you will see flowers in their thousands, and in varying colours and sizes, filling fields and mountainsides, often for as far as the eye can see. In a similar way to the phenomenon of Flowered Desert in Chile, plants compete to attract their pollinators with colour, as the water is scarce and the show does not last long.