cape town tour

The Forest That Shouldn't Exist

Indigenous forests are rare the world over but Platbos is particularly special in that it shouldn't really exist: the environment is totally unsympathetic to large trees (no river, sandy soil) but nonetheless the forest houses large trees many hundreds of years old. 

Francois and Melissa Krige sold everything they owned to buy the land on which Platbos is located and it's under their custodianship that the forest thrives. The active management of Platbos means that the forest is continuous being expanded one tree at a time and you can be part of this process in you visit.

There's a sedate forest trail complete with benches for meditation and a labyrinth to walk through and also an apimodule where you can partake of bee therapy.

You can also buy a enchanting range of essences made from the trees in the forest for use in aromatherapy and homeopathy or just use them as essential oils.

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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.


Our logo is an image of a skull found in the Rising Star Cave System in Gauteng, South Africa in 2013. It was named ‘homo naledi’, meaning ‘human of the stars’.

The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.

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