Trans Africa Safaris donates Proteas to Tintswalo
Trans Africa Safaris Tours Team visited Tintswalo Atlantic last Friday to inspect the progress made on the re-building of the lodge. The transformation, after the lodge was gutted by a fire in early March, is nothing but short of amazing! Equally impressive was the regeneration of the surrounding vegetation which has flourished with the recent winter rains.
To aid the greening of the lodge grounds, Trans Africa Safaris donated some 30 Patersonii Protea plants which the team planted during the visit. This particular protea is named after William H. Paterson (aka “The Meester”) who is was Jennifer, Beverley and Lesley’s grandfather’s brother. The official name is Leucospermum Patersonii Pincussion Protea
William Paterson also rediscovered the Red Marsh Rose in the early 1920s after botanists believed it to be extinct in the 1900s.
After the planting, our Tours Team was joined by the rest of the office for a lovely picnic lunch on the beautifully scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Enjoying the wonderful spring weather, was our office mascot – TASCAT ….
A little more about the protea:
Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. 92% of the species occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown in South Africa, but some do occur elsewhere with the Protea Kilimanjaro found in Mount Kenya National Park.