Offering over 60 species of birds, forested gorges, waterfalls and a mind boggling number of plant species, the gardens are a joy to young and old alike. Look out for small mammals; there are leopards roaming in these mountains.
This Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens within the National Botanical Institute, an autonomous, Parastatal institution, in terms of the Forestry Act No.122 of 1984. The primary function of this Botanical Garden is to grow and display plants of the coastal fynbos and strandveld. The purpose is research, conservation, and education. The hope is to promote an understanding, love and appreciation of the diversity found here. Visitors are to please keep to the rules that ensure everybody may enjoy the Garden, its flora and fauna in these peaceful surroundings. The Botanical Garden is situated in the heart of the unique Floral biome known as the Fynbos. In this beautiful and pristine section of the South Western Cape coastline, the number of plant species per square kilometer is greater than anywhere else in the whole of Southern Africa.
Geologically the whole area comprises of Table Mountain Sandstone which weathers into shallow, coarse, sandy soils with outcrops of shale in some areas. Plantings in the Garden reflect the different types of vegetation in the different areas: Beach and dunes, Coastal plains and vlei’s; Restio’s and reeds; Mountains and slopes and forested gorges. The birds are a special joy in the Garden. More than 60 species have been recorded, including the Cape Sugarbird; and the Orange Breasted Sunbird which is endemic to the Fynbos. A bird list is available at the entrance. Mongooses and baboons are often seen but there are also other small mammals, e.g. otters and dassies. Leopards are very rare and are nocturnal as are porcupines and genets. Sometimes a number of reptile species can be seen, including the puffadder and tortoises. Remember these are all wild animals and can be dangerous, especially the baboons. Please do not feed or harm any animals.