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Western Cape Nature’s Valley, Garden Route: Nature’s Valley Rest Camp


Nature’s Valley is a small village situated at the mouth of the Groot River at the bottom of the Groot River pass alongside the Groot River estuary and forms part of the Tsitsikamma De Vasselot nature reserves. The local community is striving to to minimize inappropriate development in the area in order to minimize environmental impact.

The famous Otter trail ends in  and most hikers seek accommodation in Natures Valley after doing the Otter trail to rest up before moving on Nature’s Valley is 29 km from Plettenberg Bay on the Port Elizabeth side next to a beautiful lagoon on the Indian Ocean, enfolded with mountainous forest with rich fauna flora and a bird watchers paradise. The Knysna loerie is plentiful in the forest and trains of bottle nosed dolphins  can be seen in the waves with  whales visiting frequently, especially the southern right whale is common here in early summer.

Arguably the most beautiful part of the Garden Route in South Africa, Nature’s Valley is unique in that it lies nestled in the Tsitsikamma National Park coastal forest, – the only residential area within a South African National Park. Southern Cape Bushbuck, Bushpigs, and wild birds can frequently be seen in the gardens of Nature’s Valley village. There are plentiful scenic walks and you can be revitalised by soul inspiring walkabouts in this true garden on the Garden route. Rest assured you can enjoy a safe exploration of nature.

Natures Valley is flanked by an escarpment on the one and the Indian ocean on the other side and  forms part of the Tsitsikamma National Park. The Kouga, Kammanassie and “Groot Swart” mountain ranges stand guard over the valley. The Groot river flows into the Indian ocean and the estuary forms a lagoon where swimming sailing and canoeing is very popular with holiday makers. The ecology is closely monitored and managed. The population varies dramatically with the seasons, from less than 100 off-season to an estimated 2000, excluding day visitors, during peak season.

Natures Valley accommodation for tourists who wish to do the Otter trail is available in the form of self-catering units and bed and breakfast establishments. The Bloukrans bridge where the highest bungee jump in the world can be experienced is about 20km away and another 10 km on will take you to the Storms River where the famous Otter trail starts.


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