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The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden at Betty’s Bay in the Western Cape lies within the protected Kogelberg Biosphere, an area deemed to be ecologically diverse and a sensitive and important ecosystem. The 10ha cultivated gardens are beautifully laid out with paths meandering through the many indigenous plants. Above the gardens and hugging the mountain slopes is a further 190ha of natural vegetation that includes fynbos, forest, rivers and two waterfalls.
The botanical garden was first established in 1955 by the land owner who named the gardens Shangri-La Nature Reserve. With the help of convicts he cut a hiking trail up to Bobbejaanskop peak and after his death, his wife constructed a bridge over the river. These features are still a part of the gardens. The reserve name was later changed in his honour to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden after it was taken over by national parks authorities.
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