Nature's Valley, Garden Route District Municipality, Western Cape, 6602, South Africa
With its winding rivers, dense forests, unspoiled coastline and abounding wildlife, Nature’s Valley is truly one of South Africa’s natural masterpieces.
Situated in the Western Cape close to the boundary with the Eastern Cape, Nature’s Valley has a minute population but draws a crowd during holidays.
Nature’s Valley – a breathtaking Garden Route stop
Nature’s Valley, situated on the Indian Ocean coastline and flanked by the Groot River mouth, forms part of the Tsitsikamma National Park and is perhaps one of the more scenic stops along the Garden Route.
While driving on the N2, a turn onto the R102 will lead you directly into this peaceful and beautiful area. The closest airports to Nature’s Valley are in Plettenberg Bay, George, Oudtshoorn and further off is Port Elizabeth International Airport. Once you’ve landed, you’ll need to hire a car to get to Nature’s Valley.
For those road-tripping the Garden Route, spending time in Nature’s Valley will prove to be a rewarding and relaxing stop. During busier times of the year, booking ahead at one of the local places of accommodation is essential, unless you’re planning a camping trip.
Things to do in Nature’s Valley
If you’re looking for a quiet village, with no bustling malls or gridlock traffic, then Nature’s Valley is perfect for you. Festive seasons like Christmas will see an influx of tourists, while an average weekend will see you rubbing shoulders will locals in a corner store.
It may be a small and quiet spot on the Western Cape’s map, but Nature’s Valley has a medley of relaxing and energetic activities to keep visitors busy. Camping, hiking, swimming, animal spotting and cycling are just a few of the options on offer.
The secluded Nature’s Valley Beach is by far a prominent jewel in the area’s crown. This Blue Flag beach is also known for being the final point of the Otter Trail, a famous five-day, 45km hike.
Try to spot the sharptooth houndshark (spotted gully shark), which is harmless to humans. Maybe you’ll even catch sight of great white sharks in beach waters; great whites have been spotted in the area before, so take care when swimming.
Walks, cycles, birdwatching and more can all be done in Nature’s Valley. More information about the region can be found here.