The internationally known Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens came into being when Harold Porter bequeathed his “Shangri-la” estate in 1958 to the National Botanical Garden (known today as the South African National Biodiversity Institute).
Stroll through 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos gardens with smooth lawns next to beds of colourful indigenous flowers or follow a trail along a paved walkway up Disa Kloof under shady trees.
The rougher path up Luiperd’s Kloof may appeal to the more adventurous and can only be accessed after a permit has been obtained. After criss-crossing the river several times and daring jumps over rocks past waterfalls, a magnificent view over Betty’s Bay and the ocean awaits those that reach the top of Luiperd’s Kloof.
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