Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, Betty's Bay

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Flourishing between rolling mountains and the coastline, Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens provide a home for thousands of species of plants. Encompassing thick forest, marshlands, and undulating beaches, the verdant landscape is considered one of the most biologically diverse on the continent. As you explore the gardens' meandering nature trails, keep an eye out for South Africa's national flower, the king protea. Start your trip to Betty's Bay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • We hiked the Leopards Kloof trail which ends at a lovely waterfall. The walk was beautiful, with lots of photo opportunities of birds and the scenic views. Do take water along!  more »
  • Everything is beautiful and perfectly maintained. Lots of birds. A lot of plants. Signage for each plant. Congratulations do not change anything!
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  • This botanical garden is quite different and interesting. There are not so many plants blooming this time of year but there are many plaques describing the various plants and the geology in the garden...  more »
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  • This is one of South Africa's hidden gems! It is a stunning garden that is maintained and run by a thorough and hard working team. The walk up to the waterfall is well worth it, as well as, if you have time the longer hikes into the mountain are great too! It is reasonably priced to get in and has a few lawns to enjoy a picnic or tea. During the school Christmas holidays there are also concerts here and these are always great too! Sadly the restaurant that is in the garden leaves a lot to be desired, it is recommended that you rather bring your own lunch and tea in stead of planning to eat there.
  • Small garden as far as botanical exhibits goes, but amazingly rich with diverse flora and interesting history. Exceptionally well maintained with one of the best natural backdrops imaginable, nestled between the ocean and mountains. The short trek to the waterfall is definitely worth it and even if you'll probably not spot a leopard, you are sure to notice their presence in this beautiful place when observing closely. Absolutely peaceful and transcendent; well worth the visit!
  • Beautiful gardens and good easy walking trails on the mountain slopes. Walks take you over bridges crossing streams and we had good views over Betty's Bay and of waterfalls tumbling down the mountain slopes. One trail that follows the river past a bridge to a waterfall is wheelchair friendly. There is also a tearoom/restaurant for refreshments.
  • Arrived at the Harold Porter Botanical gardens on a cold, rainy Sunday morning to hopefully have a cup of coffee and breakfast while on a trip. We paid R50 entrance to go in and eat at the restaurant. We walk through the door, not a smile to be seen. The kitchen ladies are sitting at the fire. Not a friendly face to be seen. They inform us that there is no electricity, but we are happy to have what they can make. Whatever we asked for was met with a pained look as thought we were inconveniencing the staff. The atmosphere and attitude of the staff was so bad that we decided to head back out into the rain to find somewhere else to eat. Shocking service and attitude from the staff. Rather close the restaurant if you’d rather not serve clients. We did ask for a refund for the entrance on the way out.
  • Lovely and peaceful. These gardens are wonderful. You can walk on the level or take some of the trails which need a bit more energy. Super views. Decent coffee shop. Plenty of parking. Well maintained and marked . The PARKRUN that takes place here every Saturday must rank as one of the best in South Africa.
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