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The Western Cape Sights

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden

  • Clarence Dr. and Broadwith Ave. Map It
  • Betty's Bay
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 11/07/2014

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This 440-acre nature reserve is in the heart of the coastal fynbos, where the Cape floral kingdom is at its richest. The profusion of plants supports 96 species of birds and a wide range of small mammals, including large troops of chacma baboons. You couldn't ask for a more fantastic setting, cradled between the Atlantic and the towering peaks of the 3,000-foot Kogelberg Range. Walking trails wind through the reserve and into the mountains via Disa and Leopard's kloofs,

which echo with the sound of waterfalls. Back at the main buildings, a pleasant restaurant serves light meals and teas. Book ahead for a volunteer guide to take you around the gardens, for which a donation is welcome. To get to the garden from the penguin colony, return to Porter Drive and turn right to rejoin the R44. Drive another 2 km (1 mile) to get here.

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Clarence Dr. and Broadwith Ave., Betty's Bay, 7141, South Africa

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Sight Details:

  • R20
  • Weekdays 8–4:30, weekends 8–5

Updated 11/07/2014


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