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Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
Animals & Plants
 
 
  Harold Porter National Botanical Garden  
 
Botanical gardens are living collections of plants which are used for education, scientific research, interpretation of indigenous knowledge through horticultural displays and play a vital role in biodiversity conservation. The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is one of a network of nine National Botanical Gardens administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute which also administers plant reference herbaria, environmental education and research facilities.

 

The Plants

The garden is located in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve which boasts 1650 plant species listed which is one of the most diverse Fynbos hotspots in the Cape Floral Kingdom of approximately 8 800 plant species in an area of about 90 000 km'2, in the South Western Cape.

Fynbos is characterised by shrubby plants with fine, hard leaves and includes plants such as proteas, ericas. (cape heaths), buchus. legumes, brunias, daisies, bulbous plants and reed­ like restios in place of grasses.
The King protea (Protea cynaroides), the Sugarbush (Protea repens). Prince of Whales heath (Erica perspicua) and the Thatching reed (Thamnochortus inslgnis) can be seen in the Garden amongst many others.

 
 

The Animals
The Garden is home to about 95 bird species including the Cape Sugarbird , the Orange Breasted Sunbird and Protea Canary as well as snakes such as the Puff Adder and Boomslang. Baboons, grey mongoose, striped mouse and many more animals can be encountered if you are lucky enough to spot them.

Visitor facilities & attractions

  • Enjoy a tranquil, easy walk up to Disa Kloof waterfall. named for the wild orchids that grow and flower there from mid- December to January.
  • For the more energetic.. enjoy a walk up Leopard's Gorge to see the cascading waterfalls and don't forget your permit! (Leopard's Gorge permits will only be issued before 2pm ). Please enquire at the Garden entrance as a deposit is payable for the key to the access gate
  • The main Circular Route and shorter Ecosystems Route are both wheelchair-friendly
  • The Oudebosch Trail from the Kogelberg Nature Reserve leads into the Garden via the Zig-Zag Trail with spectacular sea and Garden views
  • The Summer Sunset and Carols by Candlelight Concerts are becoming increasingly popular during December and January
  • Be pleasantly surprised by the comprehensive collection of books and gifts at the Honeybush Souvenir Shop
  • Select your favorite indigenous plant from the plant sales nursery

 

 
Wheelchair friendly pathway with Brunsvigia orientalis (candelabra flower)
The Gardens provide the perfect back drop to any occasion
Summer sunset carols at the amphitheatre