Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay, Overberg, Western Cape.

Beautiful secluded garden between the mountains and the sea in the heart of the Cape fynbos region. 10-ha of cultivated garden and 190.5-Ha of pristine natural fynbos. It encompasses wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges, forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with their salt-adapted systems.  Renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. The main fynbos families (proteas, ericas and restios) are present as well as other important families such as irises, daisies and orchids. It boasts disa uniflora, which was once thought to be extinct in the wild, flowering in its natural habitat from mid-December to the end of January as well as the national flower, the king protea (Protea cynaroides). 88 species of birds have been spotted, including the orange-breasted sunbird and the rare protea canary, found only in fynbos.  Mongoose, porcupine and genet are common but shy. Several kilometers of nature trails provide scenic views of mountains and coastline.  Indigenous plants are on sale. A restaurant offers light meals and teas (+27 (28) 272 9400 telephone). There is parking for 90 cars and buses and a souvenir shop.  Open 365 days a year from 08h00 to 18h00.

Betty’s Bay is on the R44 southeast of Somerset West, which is on the N2 east of Cape Town. Travel south on the R44 from Somerset West to Betty’s Bay. AABettys

Contct:            Box 35 Betty’s Bay 7141
+27 (28) 272 9311 telephone
+27 (28) 272 9333 fax

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