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Harold Porter National Botanical Garden

A scenic coastal drive takes us to Betty's Bay, where the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden displays the floral wonders of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.  Stretching from the top of the mountain to the sea, this unique botanical garden offers several walks, including two beautiful kloof walks, crossing streams and waterfalls surrounded by 27 species of indigenous trees and a wide variety of coastal and mountain fynbos plants and birds. 

This trip will include a visit to see the remains of the Stony Point Whaling Station, as well as the Stony Point Penguin colony, one of only two mainland African Penguin colonies.  From here the walk could also be extended to include a beautiful coastal walk along a private nature reserve.

Duration of walk:  2  hours (Harold Porter garden only) and another 4 hours for the coastal walk.
Exertion: Moderate to very easy

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Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
Although large mammals, like rhinoceros, lion, elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus occurred in the Western Cape in the 17th and 18th century, these unfortunately had to make way for civilisation. A number of reserves in the Western Cape have reintroduced these animals. However, when in Fynbos one should 'think small'.

The small-leaved, low-growing vegetation with very few trees is not very nutritious for large grazing animals, and one would rather find small browsers. The animal life has been adapted to the harsh conditions of long, dry and hot summers, cold and wet winters, unpalatable plants and frequent fires.

Bontebok is the rarest antelope species in South Africa, and endemic to the Western Cape. Other animals include Grysbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Mountain Zebra, Leopard, Chacma Baboon, Cape Clawless Otter, Rock Hyrax, Porcupine, and a number of mongoose species.