• Travel through the magnificent scenery of the Cape, from sandy coastlines to rugged mountains, at a time when the landscape is carpeted with dazzling displays of spring flowers.
• Discover some of the finest botanic gardens in the world, including Kirstenbosch in Cape Town.
• Enjoy wonderful wildlife, from antelopes, zebras and whales to ostriches and seabirds.
Depart London Heathrow 2135 on British Airways.
Arrive Cape Town 1000 and transfer to Portswood Hotel for four nights. Afternoon walk in old town and harbour and visit to Sea Point (Darwin plaque). Introductory lecture.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (established in 1913 and one of the finest botanic gardens in the world), Rondevlei Nature Reserve (wetland habitat home to around 230 bird species).
Cable car up Table Mountain. Afternoon: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Kommetjie beach, Boulders penguin colony.
Cape Point Reserve and Cape of Good Hope (spectacular scenery, home to several species of antelope and around 250 species of bird). Afternoon: Cape Point (lighthouse), Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre and Buffels Bay.
Drive north along the coast via Blaauwberg Conservation Area to Darling Village and Tienie Versfeld Reserve. Afternoon at Langebaan and Postberg Reserves (vast carpets of colourful spring wildflowers). Continue to Citrusdal for three nights at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort.
Via Clanwilliam and the Pakhuis Pass to the Cederberg Wilderness Area. Afternoon walk along Sevilla rock art trail beside the Brandewyn River.
Ramskop Nature Reserve (350 different wildflower species), Lambert’s Bay for Bird Island Nature Reserve (seabirds including Cape gannets and cormorants).
Depart for De Hoop Reserve, with stops at Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens and Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve. Three nights in De Hoop Reserve accommodation.
Morning around De Hoop Reserve for limestone fynbos and wildlife. Afternoon: Koppie Alleen for coastal vegetation and whale watching.
Optional early morning walk for bird-watching, followed by Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (FFI-supported) and Potberg Mountains.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust (FFI-supported), followed by Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Three nights at Misty Waves Hotel, Hermanus.
The Hangklip Coast: Harold Porter National Botanic Garden (rich coastal fynbos) and Pringle Bay.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve (walk along Palmiet River) and Oudebosch trail in Kogelberg, followed by Rooisand Nature Reserve.
Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass and Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Depart Cape Town 1920.
Arrive Heathrow 0650.