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About Harold Porter Botanical Garden

The incredibly scenic Harold Porter Botanical Garden is situated between the coast and the mountainside. The garden is renowned for its waterfalls, amber pools, deep gorges and abundant birdlife.

Deep in the heart of the fynbos region, it is one of the best places to explore coastal fynbos. And its vast – there are 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos as well as 190 hectares of natural fynbos!

Keen hikers should lace up their boots and hit the Leopard Kloof Trail. The 3 km round trip leads through fern forests and up to a waterfall. You’ll need to get a permit and pay a key deposit.

Need to know? Opens at 08:00, closes at 16:30 on weekdays and at 17:00 on weekends and public holidays. The parking area closes at 18:00 in winter and 19:00 in summer. Keen gardeners can purchase plants from the indigenous plant nursery.

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Reviews for Harold Porter Botanical Garden

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Debra Bashkier
17 October 2015


athini NDLELA
29 April 2015


Brian Johnson
02 March 2015

Well kept gardens and interesting specimens of plants. Nice cafe for a quick meal and a walk around is a nice way to spend a couple of hours.

Tanya Ficker
20 October 2014

Very unique botanical garden. Wonderful biodiversity of plants. Nice restaurant. A visit is essential.

Werner Hesseling
12 January 2014


Natassa Burger
23 October 2013

Gardens are amazing, but the restaurant is an embarrassment for SA. Gardens are really worth a visit and walkabout, but avoid the restaurant at all costs.We visited the gardens and the service in the restaurant was shocking. We waited forever to be serviced. Half the stuff on the menu was simply not available. It took forever to get our food and then the drinks arrived afterwards, despite organizing tin cool drinks and a glass of wine. It took 20 minutes to get our bill.They should rather close the restaurant because this is not a great advert for South Africa.

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Harold Porter Botanical Garden is 2.7km from the centre of Bettys Bay , the nearest airport 57.1km (Cape Town International Airport).
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