Summer has finally arrived in the Western Cape and that means exploring time for me!! I just love walking around in the sunshine, be it in a city or in the countryside. In the Western Cape there are tons of beautiful gardens and national parks to go and explore. Driving, along the very beautiful coastal Route 44 from Bloubergstrand where I live, between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay, lies the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. This Botanical garden is peaceful and secluded, lying snugly between mountains and sea.
The Botanical Garden lies in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region. Fynbos is a distinctive type of vegetation found only on the southern tip of Africa. It includes a very wide range of plant species, particularly small heather-like trees and shrubs. A lot of the beautiful fynbos are in bloom at the moment and the mountains are covered with coloured patches of flowers..
Harold Porter has a magical display of proteas, ericas and leucadendrons among the meandering nature trails that took me up to a waterfall and along the mountains and gorges of this beautiful garden. There is nothing in particular wrong with the water, it is red because of the rotting fynbos upriver which then turns the water red.
There are educational storyboards about the plant and animal life dotted throughout the garden which made it easy for me to take a self-guided tour along the paths, although organised guided tours are available.
The Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens is open all 365 days a year and whichever time of year you choose to visit it would still prove a delight.