Harold Porter Botanical GardensBetty's Bay
Just 100km from Cape Town, the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in the Overberg Region, consists of 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos and 190 hectares of natural fynbos. Nestled between mountains and sea, the gardens are in the heart of the rich coastal fynbos belt and include proteas, ericas, restios, daisies and orchids and are particularly noted for their beautiful waterfalls and mountain pools. The number of plant species in the garden is so dense in fact, that it is greater per square kilometer than anywhere else in the whole of Southern Africa.
A series of nature walks allow visitors to explore the gardens which offer beautiful views of both the mountains and the ocean. The gardens are also home to over 80 species of birds including the vibrant Orange-Breasted Sunbird and wildlife such as porcupines and mongooses. Take a leisurely stroll, or visitors can enjoy afternoon tea at the Sugarbird Tearoom.