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South AfricaThis is it folks! The trip of a lifetime to exotic South Africa to enjoy fabulous botanical and private gardens, amazing landscapes and people, local culture and history, wineries, fun activities, two wildlife safaris and much more.

Bill Dumont has teamed up with Marlin Travel in Duncan to offer this exceptional opportunity to tick off a bucket list item joining fellow gardeners and others for a custom tour of South Africa. Our 22-day tour commences Sept. 13 in Capetown and finishes up with departures from Johannesburg on October 4.

South Africa flowersThe dates were selected to coincide with spring flowering in the Cape region and the Garden Route. South Africa is home to more than 22 000 indigenous seed plants from almost 230 different families. It is also the proud home of 10% of the world’s flowering species. The fynbos is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms with the greatest plant diversity per area and the source of many plants including Astilbe, Bergamot, Penstemon,

Thunbergia, Protea, Lobelia, Gazanias, Agapanthus, Impatiens, Crocesmia, Nemesia, Pelargonium and many more. The tour includes world-famous gardens like Kirstenbosch and Stellenbosch and Babylonstoren as well as a forestry plantation operation.

A more detailed draft itinerary can be found at www.southafricatour2017.com. We are working with Jewel of Africa Safaris on our tour.

South Africa elephantsAddo Elephant National Park has the densest populations of elephants on earth along with black rhinos, Cape buffalo, antelopes, zebras, warthogs and many other mammals and 150 bird species. We will also visit a second wildlife park for a day and night safari where we can see the famous big five wildlife species - lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo along with hippos, giraffes and other African wildlife in their natural habitats.

Bill has planned, organised and led many North American and international garden tours, most recently to New Zealand last fall and the United Kingdom in 2015, where participants rated his tours at more than 9 out of 10 for everything from meals, hotels, gardens and overall organisation and value for money. Bill organised a South African tour in 2000 with 34 participants.

South AfricaTour prices below do not include airfares to and from North America which are your responsibility. DO NOT book your flights until the minimum number of participants are confirmed - you will be informed when that goal is reached. Marlin Travel in Duncan is a full-service agency and can assist with your flights, insurance and any other travel needs.

Transportation is by deluxe and roomy highway coach fully equipped with a washroom, comfortable seats, competent drivers and skilled local guides.

Participants must have travel medical insurance and be physically fit for independently walking the gardens and other sights. Where available carts and safari viewing vehicles will be secured.

South Africa diningThe tour pricing includes all breakfasts, 3 and 4-star hotels, many suppers, bus snacks and drinks, 2 safaris, wine tasting, evening cruise, forestry tour, Ostrich farm, Cango Cave experience, garden entry fees, Zulu cultural event, Capetown and Durban City tours, special guides, some lunches on special excursions, coach transportation and in-country flights from Port Elizabeth to Durban and Durban to Johannesburg, taxes, gratuities, welcome and farewell functions and trip mementoes for everyone.

Prices for the tour are expected to be Can$7300 for double accommodation and a single supplement of Can$1400. A refundable deposit of Can $1750 is required by April 15, 2017, to secure your seat with a final payment due by July 31, 2017. Final pricing based on the current currency exchange will be determined by July 15.

Payments (cheques preferred) are to be made to Marlin Travel, 921 Canada Ave Duncan, BC, V9L 1V2 250-748-2594. Any questions or queries about the tour can be directed to Bill Dumont at 250-743-9882 or info@southafricatour2017.com.

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