Tours in 2019

My obsession with plants has led me to travel extensively in many parts of the world looking at both gardens and plants in their natural habitat. These plant hunting and garden visit tours have included such places as India, New Guinea, Fiji, New Caledonia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, France, England, Ireland, Crete, Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand and Pacific North West USA.

In 2019 I will be leading Natural Landscapes & Gardens of Morocco (19 Mar – 9 Apr)  and later in the year The Living Eden: Madagascar’s Unique Flora and Fauna (9 Sep – 1 Oct). Please see details below.

 Natural Landscapes & Gardens of Morocco
19 Mar – 9 Apr 2019  (this tour has limited places remaining) 

  • This tour is a feast of splendid gardens, great monuments and natural landscapes of Morocco.
  • In Tangier, spend two days visiting a variety of private gardens and learn about the world of Moroccan interiors.
  • While based in a charming dar in Taroudant for 5 days, view the work of French landscape designers Arnaud Maurières and Éric Ossart, exploring their garden projects designed for a dry climate.
  • View the stunning garden of Umberto Pasti, a well-known Italian novelist and horticulturalist, whose garden is a ‘magical labyrinth of narrow paths, alleyways and walled enclosures’.
  • Enjoy lunch at the private residence of Christopher Gibbs, a British antique dealer and collector who was also an influential figure in men’s fashion and interior design in 1960s London. His gorgeous cliff-side compound is set in 14 acres of plush gardens.
  • In Marrakesh, visit Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Jardin Majorelle, the Jardin Secret, the palmeraie Jnane Tamsna, André Heller’s Anima, Beldi Country Club and take afternoon tea in the gardens of La Mamounia – one of the most famous hotels in the world.
  • Explore the work of American landscape architect, Madison Cox, with a visit to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s private gardens of the Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, the Villa Oasis and gardens of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh.
  • Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medinas of Fes and Tetouan.
  • Delight all your senses in Marrakesh’s teeming, colourful souqs, with their textiles, jewellery, carpets, carved woodwork, acrobats, snake charmers, letter writers and fortune tellers.
  • Journey across the pre-Sahara and through huge date palm plantations of verdant oasis river valleys.
  • Encounter the rich urban architecture of Andalusian mosques and madrasas, and desert mud-brick qasbas and villages.
  • Cross Morocco’s majestic Middle, High and Anti Atlas mountain ranges and past small Berber mountain villages.
  • Eat fine local food in old palaces whilst listening to exquisite Andalusian music.
  • Stay in charming riads in Fes and in Marrakesh – lovingly restored by local artisans and located in the medina.

PDF itinerary & reservation application:

For more information contact Australians Studying Abroad by telephone on (0)3 9822 6899 or by email at for bookings and more information. For a day by day itinerary click here.

The Living Eden: Madagascar’s Unique Flora and Fauna
9 Sep – 1 Oct 2019


  • Explore Madagascar’s rich and unique wildlife habitats, venturing into exquisite national parks and reserves ranging from semi-tropical rainforests, succulent and spiny thicket, rocky landscapes of the central west and the spectacular mineral forest (karst spires) of the Tsingy de Bemaraha.
  • Learn about Madagascar’s fascinating blend of Austronesian and East African cultures.
  • View the spectacular Avenue of the Baobabs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Get up close with Madagascar’s unique lemur and hear the call of the Indri across the Andasibe rainforest.
  • Enjoy invigorating walks in Andasibe-Mantadia, Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks, while searching for lemurs, chameleons and strange insects in the forest.
  • Spend a day visiting the spiny thicket or “spiny desert” of southern Madagascar; a globally distinctive ecoregion where 95 percent of the plant species are endemic to the region.
  • Make an excursion to Masoala National Park and the island reserve of Nosy Mangabe home to the White-Fronted Brown Lemurs and Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs, Leaf-Tailed Geckos and several species of chameleons.

Overnight Antananarivo (1 night) • Andasibe NP (3 nights) • Antsirabe (1 night) • Ranomafana NP (3 nights) • Isalo NP (2 nights) • Ifaty (2 nights) • Kirindy Forest Reserve (1 night) • Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve (3 nights) • Morondava (1 night) • Antananarivo (1 night) • Maroantsetra (1 night) • Masoala NP (2 nights) • Antananarivo (1 night).
Physical Rating
Please note Physical endurance is a high 6 out of 7 flag rating. Please consider if this tour is suited to your physical level or see ASA website for details.

PDF itinerary & reservation application:

For more information contact Australians Studying Abroad by telephone on (0)3 9822 6899 or by email at for bookings and more information. For a day by day itinerary click here.



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