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  • Airport Pickup Arrival Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
  • Airport Delivery Departure Cape Town
  • 15 Nights Hotel including Game Reserve
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches + High Tea
  • 6 Dinners
  • 3 Game Drives at Kapama River Lodge Private Game Reserve
  • 2 Domestic flights
  • Brenthurst Gardens, Private Garden Visits,
  • Bourke's Luck Potholes, God’s Window,
  • Victoria Street Market, Durban Botanical Gardens,
  • Makaranga Gardens, Rosehurst Gardens, Tatham Art Gallery,
  • Hermanus, Cellors Hohenort, Lourensford,
  • Vergelegen Wine Estate, Table Mountain,
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Coach and Driver
  • National Guide
  • 2 bottles water per person per day on coach
  • 1 bottle water per person per included meal
  • Tips & Gratuities to guide & driver
  • Once in a lifetime memories!


Donna’s Choice of Hotels
For International Flights




October 8th - 23rd, 2014

October 8th – 23rd, 2014

The Full day by day itinerary will be sent to those who have booked later on in summer. To Delight and Surprise those who have booked, we have now confirmed 5 private gardens that are indeed very special places that we will visit.

Tour is now FULLY BOOKED.  Next Tour To South Africa October 2016

The long day by day itinerary will be completed prior to tour leaving but this one pager will give you all the information you need including the registration form.

For comments from last tours guests please visit http://www.gardeningtours.com/testimonials.htm

Hope you can join me on this trip – a trip that will amaze you with unforgettable memories!

October 8th, 2014 Wednesday Arrival Day Johannesburg

Upon arrival at the airport you are met and taken to your hotel for rest and relaxation until tomorrow morning. Make use of this time to get caught up on sleep.
Your Hotel - Crowne Plaza Rosebank

October 9th Thursday

We start out slow with some private garden visits today (tba) and then our Welcome Dinner this evening.
Breakfast and Welcome Dinner

October 10th Friday Johannesburg to Hazyview

This morning we enjoy a very special visit to the private gardens of Strilli Oppenheimer. Brenthurst Gardens. When Ms Oppenheimer became custodian of the garden in 2001, she was determined to respect its unique history. A pioneer of the natural gardening movement, she had restored and remade the estate at her United Kingdom home, Waltham Place, into a model biodynamic farm and garden. She set about applying the same principles at Brenthurst.

Since 2001 she and head gardener Dawid Klopper have implemented a gradual evolution towards a more natural, endemic and indigenous planting with great sensitivity - and considerable success. One of South Africa's most magnificent gardens. In a city dedicated to change, it has enjoyed a unique continuity. We also enjoy a visit of her library and office - I loved the office as it reminded me of Vita's - stacked with books and magazine and dried plants...of interest here as well is one of the most beautiful exhibitions by Leigh Voight of Nguni cattle...you must make time to see it!

Then we are on our way to Hazyview. Your Hotel - Perry's Bridge Hollow
Breakfast and Dinner

October 11th Hazyview to Kapama River Lodge Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park

On our way to the lodge we will make stops at God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. We will arrive at the Lodge, enjoy lunch then do our first game drive. You will spend two glorious nights in your SPA Suite. Each spacious suite at Kapama River Lodge features a terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy-green Big 5 game reserve. It will be hard to leave your room but you have game drives to enjoy. You cannot begin to know what it is like to be so close to these beautiful creatures as they roam freely around you.

You will never forget this experience. The big five are here - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard...shhh...get your cameras ready... Your Lodging - Kapama River Lodge Private Game Reserve
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

October 12th Kapama River Lodge

Morning and afternoon Game Drives with leisure time to enjoy the pool, the spa or the facilities. The northern Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to the largest private game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Kapama River Lodge is situated within Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend of luxurious safari accommodation.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

October 13th Kapama River Lodge - Flight to Durban

Depending on our flight time, you may just be able to take in another game drive. What memories you will take with you as you fly on to Durban...once in our hotel your time is your own until we meet the next morning.
Your Hotel - southern Sun Elangeni

October 14th Durban

Today after our visit to the Victoria Street Market we head to the beautiful Durban Botanical Gardens. As Africa’s oldest surviving botanic gardens, the Durban Botanic Gardens is well worth a visit. The lawns and flower beds are beautifully maintained; there are benches scattered throughout the Gardens from where to admire the fauna and flora. Orchids, bromeliads, palms and cycads are the main collections of the gardens; the mature trees make a perfect backdrop. On the lower slopes of Durban's Berea ridge lies the city's brightest jewel, the Durban Botanic Gardens. It is the city's oldest public institution and Africa's oldest surviving botanic gardens.

October 15th

Today we visit the Makaranga Gardens and while here we will enjoy our lunch. Makaranga is set in a tranquil private botanical garden located in the subtropical village of Kloof within the Valley of a Thousand Hills. 30 Acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery and offer you their joy and healing. Experience the largest collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa as well as hand selected Italian sculptures.

Then on to Rosehurst Gardens - The gorgeous converted Victorian Cottage garden was established almost thirty years ago and is influenced by the garden at Sissinghurst Castle in South East England. Featuring hedges, topiary and informal plantings, the garden is divided into a number of smaller gardens, each with their own colour theme; there’s the pink lawn garden, a yellow sundial garden, white gazebo garden and mauve side garden.

If this was not enough there is also a delightful café and shop filled with quirky bits and pieces. The café serves light refreshments including decadent chocolate scones.

Tatham Art Gallery - The Gallery owes its origins to Mrs Ada Susan Tatham who collected donations early in 1903 and purchased works in Britain later that same year. After an initial exhibition the collection was first housed in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. In 1923 the collection was greatly enhanced through the donations of Lieutenant Colonel R.H. Whitwell. Let it be known that the gift shop was excellent as many of my past tour guests can attest to.
Breakfast and Lunch

October 16th Cape Town

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cape Town and once there to our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure until we meet later on for dinner.

Your Hotel - Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel - this hotel was picked because of its closeness to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront...and...a quiet oasis. The Hotel offers stylish, serene accommodation with spectacular views over the Dutch East India Company Gardens, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

The Company Gardens website
Breakfast and Dinner

October 17th Cape Town

Today we will be visiting at least one private garden (tba) then we will enjoy High Tea at Mount Nelson before returning back to our hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy this sheer indulgence with an afternoon tea at Cape Town’s prestigious Mount Nelson Hotel. A tradition that dates back to the city’s colonial heritage, afternoon tea is a much-loved pastime in South Africa, and the Mount Nelson is considered the finest place in the city to experience it.
Breakfast and Afternoon Tea

October 18th Cape Town

We take a road trip today - to Hermanus. Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but shortened as the name was too long for the postal service), is a town with 80,400 inhabitants on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. What a wonderful little village and what makes it spectacular are the right whales that you can see off the shores. Huge water spouts can be seen up and down the coastline and there is plenty of room to walk along and catch one or ten of them doing this.

This village has some great shopping and some great architecture too! Various art/food/craft markets are held in and around Hermanus every weekend. In the center of town is the Lemm's Corner Market where you can buy anything from clothes, art and food. Back to our hotel.

October 19th Cape Town

We stop at a wonderful local flower market this morning before arrival at the Cellars Hohenort Gardens in the beautiful Constantia Valley...you will be royally impressed with this visit...and to top it off we have arranged lunch here...how posh! The gardens at The Cellars-Hohenort are acknowledged as one of the finest hotel gardens internationally and has been voted by Garden Design, a top American magazine, as one of the top 30 hotel gardens in the world.
Breakfast and Lunch

October 20th Cape Town

We start the day with a tour of Vergelegen Gardens - Vergelegen has been a gardener's paradise since the van der Stel era in the 1700's and today 17 exquisitely themed gardens are on display for you to enjoy. Not only a farmer, the founder of Vergelegen, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, was also a botanist, a forester and a horticulturist. He wrote "The African Gardeners' and Agriculturists Calendar' of which much is still relevant to this day.

The oldest oak tree in South Africa, the ancient White Mulberry tree and of course the five camphor trees that were planted in the 1700's gracing the front of the Homestead all bear testimony to his great horticultural talent.

Then enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting - The wines produced in Constantia are recognized worldwide for being of the highest quality. South African Country Life Magazine, April 2010 "One would have to travel far and wide to find a place more enchanting than Vergelegen..." by Anita de Villiers. With its world renowned handcrafted wines, 310 year old history and heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, it comes as 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.

Then we move over to Lourensford Estate, also in the Cape Winelands for a delicious lunch in the Millhouse Kitchen. Chef Bjorn Guido's aim is to create a neighbourhood feel where his guests can relax and enjoy each other's company in the beautiful setting of the Lourensford Wine Estate.

Their menu is inspired by the French & Italian's famous for their fantastic rustic dishes. Using fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients prepared and cooked with passion and love.
Breakfast and Lunch

October 21st

Our first stop today is a high one...Table Mountain...what a view. ‘The proclamation of this new national park will be a South African ‘gift to the Earth’... Nelson Mandela. Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site and home to a unique yet endangered plant diversity known as fynbos.

Then on to one of the stunning gardens you will ever see, that of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table mountain, was the first botanical garden ever to be included in a World Heritage Site. In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a guided tour through here we all meet at Moyo, on the grounds of the gardens for a truly memorable lunch.

(Please note that the visit to Table Mountain is weather dependent - we have plenty of days in Cape Town so will go on the best day according to our guide)
Breakfast and Lunch

October 22nd Cape Town

Wow, a day of leisure, but I know many of you will have special things you want to do - you can discuss these ideas with our guide while in Cape Town so he can arrange any day trip you may want to take on this day.
Our Farewell dinner will be this evening...
Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

October 23rd Cape Town

Is our day of departure and arrangements will be made for departure to the airport.


click on the above buttons for the complete tour day by day itinerary or the registration forms
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Tour Dates: October 8 - 23rd, 2014

LAND only 53,500 ZAR - p/p sharing
SINGLE Supplement 13,750 ZAR (very limited)

PRICES ARE QUOTED IN ZAR (South African Rand) to reflect the currency of the country. For approx. cost purposes only as at June 19th, 2013 the Canadian conversion was $5450.00 per person sharing and $1400 for the single supplement. If considering the tour please check the exchange rates to determine what the cost is in your currency.

NOTE Minimum number of 12 tour registrants required for this tour to run, so please do not book your air until you have heard from us that the tour is confirmed.

See Highlights Box for all inclusions on this tour.

Email: donna@icangarden.com