"Karoo National Botanical Gardens" South Africa Things to Do Tip by mad4travel

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  Karoo National Botanical Gardens
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If you are a keen gardener than this is the place for you!

The Karoo National Botanical Garden consists of a 10 hectares of cultivated area that draws hundreds of visitors in spring, when brilliantly coloured vygies and daisies are in bloom, and a natural veld reserve with low Karoo-type bushes and succulents covering an area of 144 hectares.

The garden sustains interesting collections of Lithops, Conophytum, Drosanthemum, Lampranthus, Stapelia, Crassula, Haworthia and Aloe. About 4 000 species of flowering plant grow here, 350 of them rare and endangered.

There is a rich and varied birdlife in the area, and the reserve is used extensively by the local bird dub and the Wildlife Society of South Africa.

you can wander around well-maintained trails linking the developed garden with the reserve and get spectacular views of the Breede River Valley. Starting from behind the office, the 1,7 km self-guided Shale Trail is an interesting introduction to flora, fauna (including busy insect life) and geology.

A wide selection of indigenous Karoo plants is available for sale on weekdays.

Directions: The garden, which is open throughout the year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is situated on low hills about 3 km north of Worcester, and is well signposted from the N1 national road.
Website: http://www.sanbi.org/karoo/mainpage.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 1, 2007
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