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Natures Valley

Nature's Valley is normally a sleepy coastal village but during peak holiday season it comes alive. It is virtually surrounded by the Tsitsikamma National Park. The resort lies in a beautiful setting of mountains, lagoon and sea. The surrounding coast and forests of Nature's Valley is abounding with a diverse population of birds. These include Cape Gannets, Kingfishers, Oystercatchers and the very spectacular fish-eagles.

Nature's Valley is also the start an end point of two of South Africa's most popular hiking trails. The very popular 48km Otter Trail is rated as one of the finest nature trails in the world. The trail leads west along the coast, from Storm's River Mouth to Nature's Valley. It then weaves through lovely coastal forests, tidal river-mouths, and steep gorges that seem to slide into the sea.

There are four overnight camps on the trail, all of them set in a very scenic setting. These camps are Andre's Camp, Oakhurst Hut, the Scott Camp at the Geelhoutbos River, and the Ngubu Camp. This trail is very popular and sometimes you have to book up to a year in advance. Don't attempt this trail unless you are reasonably fit.

The other trail that starts in the Nature's Valley resort is the 64km, five day Tsitsikamma hiking trail. It runs from Kalander in Nature' Valley to the Storms River Mouth. The shorter trails that start in Nature's Valley are, the Mouth, (which takes you over the Storms River Mouth suspension bridge) the Loerie and the Blue Duiker trails.

Nature's Valley, located within the Tsitsikamma National Park on the Garden Route of South Africa, is a serene and picturesque destination offering a wide range of activities and sights.

Here are ten things to do and see in and around Nature's Valley:

  1. Nature's Valley Beach: Enjoy the pristine, unspoiled beach where you can relax, swim, sunbathe, or take long walks along the shoreline. The beach is surrounded by lush forests and offers stunning views of the ocean.

  2. Hiking: Explore numerous hiking trails that wind through the indigenous forest, fynbos, and coastal areas. The Nature's Valley to Salt River hike is particularly popular, offering breathtaking views and diverse landscapes.

  3. Birdwatching: The rich biodiversity of the area makes it a haven for birdwatchers. Look out for species such as the Knysna turaco, African fish eagle, and various sunbirds.

  4. Kayaking and Canoeing: Paddle along the Groot River, which meanders through the forest and into the lagoon. This is a peaceful way to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the area.

  5. Tsitsikamma National Park: Visit this nearby national park known for its rugged coastline, ancient forests, and dramatic scenery. Highlights include the Storms River Mouth and the iconic suspension bridge.

  6. Otter Trail: Although a multi-day hike, you can explore sections of the famous Otter Trail from Nature's Valley. This trail offers stunning coastal views, waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna.

  7. Salt River Mouth: Take a hike to the Salt River Mouth, where the river meets the ocean. It's a great spot for picnicking, swimming, and enjoying the natural beauty.

  8. Birds of Eden: Visit this nearby free-flight bird sanctuary, which is the largest of its kind in the world. It is home to a diverse array of bird species in a beautiful natural setting.

  9. Monkeyland: Located near Nature's Valley, this primate sanctuary offers guided tours where you can see a variety of primate species in a free-roaming environment.

  10. Scenic Drives: Take a drive along the scenic Garden Route, which offers stunning coastal views, forested landscapes, and opportunities to stop at various viewpoints and attractions along the way.

Nature's Valley and its surroundings provide a perfect blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and wildlife experiences, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.





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