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The Ethno Botanical Garden is situated in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Located within the immaculate grounds of the Dias Museum Complex, the Ethno Botanical Gardens offers a collection of plants that occur naturally in the Mossal Bay area. These include the unique fynbos vegetation particularly well represented in the Mossel Bay area where you can find common species like the Cape Reeds as well as more rare species such as the Mossel Bay Pincushion.

Incorporated into the Gardens is the Braille Trail for the visually impaired to read about, feel and smell the plants in the collection. The collection includes plants that the San, Khoi, Coloured and European settlers used for shelter, medicine and food. Some rarer plants from the gardens were even used for magic and superstitious beliefs.

The Dias Complex has several other buildings and attractions for visitors, including the famous 500 year old Post Office Tree and life size replica of the Dias Caravel Ship. It is highly recommended that you take a day to visit all the interesting attractions and museums.

Things to do and see


Admission rates to the Museum Complex are between R5 and R40. Prices are subject to change and it is recommended that you contact the Dias Museum Complex to confirm rates.


Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C with high rainfall in March and October.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June and July.


Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 50 km from Mossel Bay. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports. 

Please note the Museums are closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

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