Hantam Botanical Garden, Northern Cape
Your life will be truly enriched if you take the drive from Cape Town up the West Coast to the Hantam Botanical Garden. Established in 2007, the Hantam Botanical Garden is the first National Botanical Garden in the Northern Cape.
The garden has two seasons worth adding to your travel list. The first, and most well-known, is the spring flower season that coincides with the Namaqualand flower season. The second, lesser-known "secret season", is when the Brunsvigea bosmaniae provides a magnificent and dramatic display during autumn.
There are more than 1350 different types of flowers to see in the Bokkeveld Plateau, many of which are found in the garden, such as the lovely Blue Pride-of-Nieuwoudtville.
For those who love to hike, there are nine trails in this Karoo botanical garden, which have been designed to accommodate all ages and fitness levels, and range from 450m to 8.2km in distance. The trails have been designed to showcase the variety of habitats and soil types, which is what makes these garden trails so unique.
Hantam Botanical Garden:
Address: Hantam Botanical Garden | Oorlogskloof Road | Nieuwoudtville | Northern Cape | Contact Number: +27 (0)27 218 1200
August-October: Adults: R20 pp | Senior Citizens and Children: R12 | Students: R15 pp | Scholars : R5 (Children Under 6 Free)
November-July: Free Entrance
August - October: Monday to Friday: 08:00-16:30 (flowering season)
November-July: Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 16:30