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. Both trails offer magnificent waterfalls and dark pools and in January the famed red disa can be seen. As far as possible, all the plants and trees along the paved walkways have explanatory name boards, which makes the visit to the Harold Porter all the more rewarding.
The tea garden offer delicious refreshments for those tired after a trek through the gardens and along rough trails, with tables inside the building, as well as outside if you want to soak up the ambience of the Garden.
Tourists can buy keepsakes at Harold Porter's curio shop where a variety of arts and crafts are up for sale. Various examples of fynbos and protea plants are up for sale at the nursery.