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Posted on: Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Exploring Natures Valley

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Stunning Nature's Valley

Visit Nature’s Valley

For lush green foliage, sweeping ocean views and a romantic forest retreats, Natures Valley remains the idyllic destination of choice. This holiday resort and village is nestled amidst the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, flanked by dense forests and the warm blue of the Indian Ocean.

The Groot River lagoon laps lazily at its inviting banks and is the perfect backdrop to just about any afternoon picnic or day spent frolicking in its inviting waters.

Nature’s Valley is situated along the Garden Route, just a short drive outside of Plettenberg Bay, and on the borders of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

Try the Snorkelling

Try the Snorkelling

Nature’s Valley is, notably, also the final point of the famous Otter Trail, which is a 42 kilometre hike that takes hikers from Storms River along the rocky, weather-beaten coastline.

This part of the country is simply exquisite. It is characterised by tranquillity; an unspoilt beauty that resonates with those who appreciate the splendour of the South African outdoors. It is abundant in natural diversity, with plant- and animal life that shares the stunning surrounds in natural harmony.

Being situated along the coast means that Nature’s Valley offers the full spectrum of natural attractions. Whether you prefer a holiday on the coast or camping in the forest, you can have the perfect vacation right here.

Beautiful Birdlife

Beautiful Birdlife

Between the beaches and the lagoon, water-sports enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice. Swimming, surfing, snorkelling, SCUBA diving, canoeing and sailing in the South African sunshine is just about as good as it gets.

The hikes through Nature’s Valley promise breath-taking views and the opportunity to see a countless variety of bird species. Some of these hiking trails wind through the flourishing forests, while others climb the surrounding mountains to allow you a birds-eye-view of the whales breaching in the waters below.

The weather is most temperate between February and May, making this the best time of year to visit.

The Town of Knysna

The Town of Knysna

Although quiet, Nature’s Valley is close to the many restaurants, shops and other attractions of Plettenberg Bay, which is less than 30 kilometres away. Knysna is a little further, but still takes less than an hour to reach, and is full of exciting places to see and things to do.

Nature’s Valley is perfect for families with children, but also makes for a really romantic honeymoon getaway.

Interestingly, although Nature’s Valley is so pristinely beautiful and offers such a variety of things to do and see, it remains relatively quiet all year round; like a concealed oasis in the heart of the South African coastal route. There are no malls, no nightclubs and no bustling city streets. There remains a feeling of peaceful solitude and quiet seclusion.

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Storms River Mounth at Tsitsikamma


Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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