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.
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.
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.
Contact: Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
Telephone: +27 (0)28 272-9311
Garden Hours: Weekdays: 08h00-16h30; Weekends and public holidays: 08h00-17h00.
For additional info and a first hand review read our article "Picnicking at Harold Porter, and sighting penguins ...".
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