Botany Bound - Harold Porter National Botanical Garden - Part 1

February 12, 2019

100 kilometers out of Cape Town and slap bang in the middle of the Cape fynbos region, you will find the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Ten hectares of cultivated botanical garden and one-hundred and ninety hectares of natural fynbos are there for you to enjoy. 

The beauty lies in the fact that you can experience four major types of flora in the Cape, and those would be fynbos, afro montane forests, wetlands, and coastal dunes.

Specifically, for the horticulturalists, you will find the red disa (Disa uniflora) and our national flower, the king protea (Protea cynaroides) as well as leucadendrons, proteas and ericas.

There is a high likelihood that you’ll see mongooses, dassies, baboons and otters, also the beautiful Cape sugarbird and the orange breasted sunbird. 

Another amazing part of the garden is a khoisan section of medicinal plants with very informative boards that share the interesting botanical history of the local peoples.

Where: c/o Clarence Drive and, Broadwith Rd, Betty's Bay