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Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg

Harold Porter Gardens

The Harold Porter Botanical Garden is situated on the lower mountain slopes of the dramatic Kogelberg range and is reached by the stunning Clarence Drive, one of the best coastal roads in South Africa. Not only is this a great place to stop for tea or lunch, but the walks are magnificent, set in a backdrop of mountain scenery and fynbos.

There are two beautiful hikes in the gardens and maps are available at the reception.

The Zigzag Hike is a circular trail of two-three hours. It takes you to the spectacular Bobbejaankop view point, where one can see to the coast. A side detour on the trail leads Disa Pool with its beautiful waterfall. In January, the very special red disa flower blooms, hanging from the cliff faces.

Leopard’s Gorge Hike is a two-hour circular trail. It traverses indigenous forest, and features deep pools and waterfalls. The ascent of the gorge to the base of the third waterfall is steep, but there are ladders.

With over 96 fynbos and forest species recorded at Harold Porter, some specials include Verreaux’s Eagle, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Victorin’s Scrub-Warbler, Cape Siskin, Blue-mantled Flycatcher, Olive Woodpecker, Cape Rock-thrush, Ground Woodpecker and the rare Protea Seedeater. See detailed information on birding.

Contact: 27 (0)28 272-9311

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