South African Botany Tours & Safaris
South Africa has a rich and diverse range of habitats, and more than 24,000 plant species are found here, representing nearly 10% of the entire flowering species of the world.
Our South African botany tours and safaris explore these exceptional floral kingdoms.
Certainly the most well known habitat is the Cape Floral Kingdom. This unique floral region, covering some 70,000 sq km, is one of only 6 floral kingdoms of the world, and boasts more than 8,500 fynbos species, dominated by ericas, heathers, restios and proteas. Table Mountain has more plant species than the whole of the British Isles!
Travelling north from Cape Town are the endless sunbaked, shimmering plains of Namaqualand, broken only by the huge flat-topped Bokkeveld Mountains and bizarre rock formations. The arid desert landscape is transformed after the winter rains when Namaqualand explodes in a riot of rainbow hues as a brilliant carpet of wild flowers swathes the earth. Almost 4,000 plant species lie dormant in the sand, including over 600 indigenous species. Flower spectacles are at their brilliant best in nature reserves including Postberg in the West Coast National Park, Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve and the Goegap Nature Reserve (encompassing the Hester Malan Wild Flower Reserve).
The Richtersveld National Park, bordering Namibia's Fish River Canyon, is Namaqualand's driest region. This spectacularly desolate area hosts more than 30% of South Africa's succulents, quiver trees and the eerily beautiful halfmens tree.
The world renowned Kruger Park is fed by six rivers and encompasses an incredible 16 vegetation zones, including 1980 plant species and 300 tree species.
The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park spans 280kms of coastline from Mapelane to the Mozambique Border, and is protects 328 000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems - including swamps, lake systems, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands and coastal forests. With its mosaic of ecosystems, the park supports more species of animals and birds than the better known Kruger Park or Okavango Delta!
Fish Eagle Safaris organizes custom-made botany tours and safaris throughout South Africa for small groups of between 2 -14 people.
Clients enjoying privately guided tours, will be accompanied by one of our experienced botanical guides - specially selected according to the region in which your tour is to take place.
Alternatively if you prefer to enjoy the flora and fauna independently and at your own pace we will tailor-make an itinerary for a self drive South African botany tour.