The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden has a wide variety of arid and semi-arid plants, with 154-hectare laying at the foot of the Hex River Mountain range, 120 km north of Cape Town.
Spring is possibly the best time to visit this garden when the annuals and vygies are in bloom. Visitors can enjoy the three hiking trails on offer and the Garden is also home to a large succulent collection that can be viewed with a guided tour.
The family-friendly Kokerboom Restaurant within the garden serves a wide range of delicious meals as well as specially named cocktails, and children enjoy the nearby play area. Alternatively, visitors can pack a picnic to enjoy on the rolling lawns. There is also a deli selling local honey, chutney and jams. For those who want to take home some of the flora, there are a variety of hardy, water-wise, indigenous plants for sale – with horticultural staff available to give advice.
Venue: Roux Rd, Panorama, (off National Rd), Worcester, Western Cape
Time: Mon to Sun 7am to 6pm
Cost: Adults R10 | Students R7 | Pensioners and children under 18 years R5