South Africa’s Blooming Landscapes: Wildflowers, Nature Reserves, and Gardens

With AHS Hosts David and Janice Ellis
August 24 to September 6, 2025
Optional Extension: Blyde River Canyon & Wildlife Safari:
September 5-11, 2024

 

Red Protea in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town against the backdrop of Table Mountain, South Africa

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Experience the breathtaking landscapes of South Africa on our immersive AHS program designed to showcase the country’s rich biodiversity, cultural heritage, and natural wonders. Set against the backdrop of wildflower season, explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and the Cape Floral Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its exceptional array of plant species and wildlife. Highlights include visits to the iconic Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, the lush oasis of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and a delightful visit with members of the Cape Horticultural Society at the enchanting Arderne Gardens. Discover the pristine landscapes of the Weylands Wildflower Reserve, Nieuwoudtville, and the majestic Kagga Kamma Reserve, where ancient rock formations and awe-inspiring vistas await. In the picturesque wine country surrounding Stellenbosch, enjoy the tranquility of its vineyards and gardens, including a guided tour of the renowned Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, the oldest university botanic garden in South Africa. At the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, delight in the harmonious interplay between art and the natural world. Extend your adventure with an optional program to Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park, or tailor your experience with personalized program extensions, ensuring your South African adventure is truly unforgettable.

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore scenic Cape Town and visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, teeming with rich biodiversity.
  • Visit the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, one of only a few easily accessible colony sites.
  • Discover the spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, on an expert-led tour.  
  • In beautiful Wellington Wine Valley, enjoy a botanical tasting and a masterclass on indigenous flavors at the home of a fynbos farmer.
  • Discover the tranquil Arderne Gardens while meeting members of the Cape Horticultural Society.
  • Explore Kagga Kamma Reserve, a unique wilderness area in the Cederberg Mountains.
  • Travel to the wine country surrounding Stellenbosch for a visit to Babylonstoren Estate, considered one of the oldest and finest of the Cape Dutch farms.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, the oldest university botanic garden in South Africa, with the garden’s curator.
  • Discover the acclaimed Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden on a private visit guided by Fiona Powrie, the garden’s indigenous plant consultant who worked alongside designer Francesca Watson to populate the garden with native African species, including fynbos.