Jane Edmanson is a well-known garden identity; she presented radio 3AW’s “The Big Backyard” every Saturday and Sunday morning for twenty-seven years. Jane has also been seen regularly on ABC television’s national “Gardening Australia” for the past thirty two years. She writes gardening articles for magazines and has given talks on gardening during this time. Jane has been awarded the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia). This will be the 31st year that Jane has accompanied garden tours for Travelrite International.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 21 March, 2022 Departure
Our holiday begins with a flight to Cape Town via Johannesburg. Located near the Cape of Good Hope, the southern-most tip of Africa, Cape Town is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains, vineyards and beaches. The skyline is dominated by the dramatic 1000 metre-high Table Mountain, with its sheer cliffs. We are staying near the Victoria and Alfred enclosed secure shopping area.
DAY 2 Tuesday 22 March, 2022 Cape Town
Upon arrival into Cape Town this morning, we will be met by our private coach and depart on a sightseeing tour of the city. We will see the Castle of Good Hope, one of the oldest structures in South Africa, the Victoria and Alfred waterfront and the Bo-Kaap area, a colourful mixed-race district. We then take the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain to enjoy spectacular views. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner where you can formally meet Jane Edmanson and other tour members.
DAY 3 Wednesday 23 March, 20 22 Cape Town
In the morning we visit one of the world's most beautiful gardens, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these gardens were established in 1913 on land bequeathed to the nation by colonialist Cecil Rhodes. The gardens are devoted almost exclusively to preserving indigenous plants and include living collections of South Africa's many and varied species. This afternoon we visit Stellenberg, a historic and beautifully proportioned Cape Dutch homestead surrounded by a graceful garden. Taking inspiration from Hidcote and Sissinghurst in the UK, it features masses of roses, a white garden, and a series of parterres.
DAY 4 Thursday 24 March, 2022 Cape Town
We journey south to the beautiful peninsula, the Cape of Good Hope. The nature reserve displays a vast range of the Cape's unique Fynbos flora. There are 1,300 Fynbos species in this area, including many proteas. The reserve is also home to baboon, antelope and a variety of bird life. We return to Cape Town via the pretty and historic seaside village of Simon's Town, now a naval base and home to a colony of endangered Jackass penguins. We travel on to visit Vergelegen wine estate, first developed by the Governor of the Cape in 1700. Lady Phillips retired to Vergelegen in 1917 to restore the very neglected grounds. Her legacy is the octagonal garden, filled with a heady perfume. The garden is now owned by Anglo American Farms and has again been restored, retaining the best from all periods, including the famous trees, the octagonal garden, the white garden and immaculate lawns. We will enjoy a wine tasting on our visit to the vineyard.
DAY 5 Friday 25 March, 2022 Cape Town
The morning is free for you to explore Cape Town. In the afternoon we travel to the wine region of Stellenbosch. It is a place of great beauty, steeped in South African tradition, which has retained its 18th century charm. Some of South Africa's finest gardens are found here, including Old Nectar, designed from 1941 by Una van der Spuy. Set on a wonderful site in the Jonkershoek Valley with mountains rising high in the background, the steeply sloping site has been formed into a series of terraces. The formal rose garden has views over wide lawn terraces, and the pergolas are wreathed in old roses intertwined with clematis.
DAY 6 Saturday 26 March, 2022 Knynsa
This morning we depart Cape Town and visit the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden. This 154 hectare garden is truly unique and cultivates and displays a broad range of arid and semi-arid plants. We continue to wilderness, where we will drive to the hilltop lookout called the Map of Africa, where we will have spectacular views. We continue to Knysna, the capital of the famous Garden Route. On our journey we will enjoy the beautiful coastline bordered by extensive lagoons, with indigenous forest and wildflowers.
DAY 7 Sunday 27 March, 2022 Port Elizabeth
We will enjoy a free morning to explore Knynsa before continuing our travels along the famous Garden Route, which has a breath-taking range of vegetation and wild life to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival we check into our hotel.
DAY 8 Monday 28 March, 2022 Johannesburg
This morning we fly to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, we will visit the Brenthurst Garden. Owned by the Oppenheimer family since 1922, this 16 hectare Cape Dutch style garden was designed by Herbert Baker. There is a sculpture collection, rose garden, indigenous grass garden and a Japanese garden.
DAY 9 Tuesday 29 March, 2022 Victoria Falls
This morning we will fly to Victoria Falls, where we will stay the next two nights. On arrival at our hotel the rest of the day is free for you to explore.
DAY 10 Wednesday 30 March, 2022 Victoria Falls
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this magnificent sight. Victoria Falls is among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20km away. A great day to experience one of the major natural wonders of the world. We return to the hotel and the afternoon is free. You may like to take a helicopter ride over the falls, or take a walk with lions. In the late afternoon we'll enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. As the sun sets behind the African skyline, you'll have the opportunity to see a variety of game including crocodiles, elephants, birds and hippos.
DAY 11 Thursday 31 March, 2022 Chobe National Park
Today we travel across the border to Botswana to its greatest park, Chobe National Park. The park extends over 11,700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps, woodland and the Chobe River. The park boasts over 450 species of birds plus Giraffe, Lions, Cape Buffalo, Hippos, Crocodile, Leopard, Impala, Elephants and Zebra, all of which are frequently viewed on Safari. After being settled into our hotel, we will enjoy a 4 x 4 safari and hopefully see the ‘Big 5' – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo.
DAY 12 Friday 1 April, 2022 Chobe National Park
Our second day on safari in the Chobe National Park is sure to be another day of great wildlife sightseeing and memorable experiences.
DAY 13 Saturday 2 April, 2022 Chobe National Park
Our final day on safari in the Chobe National Park is sure to be another day of great wildlife sightseeing and memorable experiences. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the end of our wonderful tour.
DAY 14 Sunday 3 April, 2022 Departure
Today we are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia, via Johannesburg.
DAY 15 Monday 4 April, 2022 Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia and the tour concludes.
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Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $1000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form. As soon as the booking is confirmed, a confirmation advice will be posted to the client. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 62 days prior to the commencement of the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.
* Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable. Number of days before the tour commences. Cancellations outside 62 days of departure will result in the loss of the deposit. Cancellations 62 days or less before departure will result in the loss of all monies paid.
The tour is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
All passengers will require a valid passport and a Zimbabwe visa on arrival. If not an Australian passport holder, please check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover tour members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Passengers qualify for a 23kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the tour. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the cruise.
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HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1000 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road
Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 35 years and operating in Victoria for more than 38 years. It is a member of ATAS (No. A10538) and has two fully credited IATA offices Heathmont and Balwyn. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.
“The whole tour was wonderful and the group was a good mix of personality. The gardens visited were interesting and varied.”
“Very enjoyable. Good mix of people in the group.”