Floral Exploration and Safaris

Explores Africa’s Floral Kingdoms

Southern African landscapes are varied, ranging from deserts, fynbos, savannah woodlands to grasslands, indigenous forests, swamplands and arid zones. With such a geographical variety, certainly the area would be abundantly diverse in wildlife specimen.

Cape Town is home to one of the world’s most diverse areas of plant life. Named the Cape Floral Kingdom, the area consists of more than 9500 plant species, of which 70% are found nowhere else in the world.

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is blooming with some of the country’s most beautiful plants, the rafia and makalali palm, water lily and the paper bark tree. Namibia is home to more than 200 endemic plants with a remarkable variety of lichen.

South Africa is famous for their rooibos tea, the only country where the tea leaves are grown. Kruger National Park is prolific in flora and some of the most well known are the leadwood, yellowwood, stinkwood, jackalberry, sycamore fig and euphorbia.

Explore the medical purposes

Medicinal plants range from the hoodia used for weight loss, pigweed to control hypertension and Chinese violet, also known as Nigerian folk medicine used for the relief of asthma attacks. At Greenlife we have a keen interest in how plants can be incorporated into modern medicine. Please reach out directly to Safari Russ to find out more.

Buchu – a miracle plant

Buchu has been used by the ancient San and Khoisan people for years. Today the plant is used for reduction of chronic pain; reduction of inflammation, both acute and chronic; assisting with management of arthritis, rheumatism and other joint problems; use in cases of cystitis, prostatitis, pyelonephritis, etc; use by gout sufferers; control of hypertension; and prevention of swelling and bruising following trauma of soft tissue.


Advice from Safari Russ:

“Exploring the medical benefits of our indigenous plants is absolutely fascinating.  There is much to be learned from local healers and practitioners who tell the stories of the plants

Fascinating Local Plants

No matter where you go in Africa, Greenlife Safaris will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience.  These impressive eco systems will captivate you and teach you a different perspective of life. Below are some interesting plants medical plants and their traditional uses.

– Safari Russ –

African Travel Expert


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