Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
Just 100 kilometres from Cape Town, take the beautiful coastal Route 44, between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay, to reach a peaceful and secluded garden lying snugly between mountains and sea.
Where? Broadwith Road, Betty's Bay, Cape Overberg
When? Open Weekdays from 08h00 to 16h30
Weekends and public holidays from 08h00 to 17h00
How? Call +27 (0)228 272-9311
The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden lies in the epicentre (heart) of the Cape fynbos region - a dedication to this natural shrubland vegetation with 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden, and a further 190 hectares of natural fynbos to gratify the visitor.
The peaceful garden includes sweeping mountain slopes, deep gorges, and four vegetation types that occur naturally in the Overberg - afro montane forests, wetlands, coastal dunes and fynbos.
Harold Porter is a magical display of proteas, ericas and leucadendrons set amidst meandering nature trails that take one up mountains, down gorges and through gardens in which some 60 species of bird, including the Cape sugarbird and the orange breasted sunbird, come to play.
Leopards are rare but have been sighted, as have the nocturnal porcupines and genets, whilst mongooses, otters, dassies and baboons are more frequently seen.
Educational storyboards about the plant and animal life are dotted throughout the garden making it easy for the visitor to take a self-guided tour along the paths, although organised guided tours are available.
Nature trails meander up into both Disa and Leopard’s Kloof, whilst the Khoi-San indigenous garden displays a host of local useful and medicinal plants and the important role these play within indigenous groups of people in South Africa. There’s a wonderful indigenous plants nursery, picnic areas for drinking in the surrounds, and sunset concerts in summer.