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'''Nature's Valley''' is a small village on the [[Garden Route]] along the southern Cape coast of [[South Africa]], tucked between the Soutrivier, the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the Indian Ocean and the Grootrivier lagoon. It has a balmy climate and the unusual status of being surrounded by the [[Tsitsikamma National Park]].
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'''Nature's Valley''' is a small village on the [[Garden Route]] along the southern Cape coast of [[South Africa]], tucked between the Soutrivier, the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the Indian Ocean and the Grootrivier lagoon. It has a balmy climate and the unusual status of being surrounded by the [[Tsitsikamma National Park]], with the exception of Platbos Reserve, which is also conservation area, albeit privately owned.
  
It is just a short drive east of [[Knysna]] and [[Plettenberg Bay]] and just west of [[Storms River]].
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The Tsitsikamma Park is one of the most visited in South Africa, because of the pleasant climate, the beauty of the scenery, the wealth of things to do and see, and also because environmental travellers enjoy the wilderness and the biodiversity.
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The Cape flora found in and around Nature's Valley and on Platbos Reserve is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Nature's Valley is just a short drive east of [[Knysna]] and [[Plettenberg Bay]] and just west of [[Storms River]].
  
 
A network of trails covers the surrounding hills and beaches. The lagoon offers sheltered water for sailing and canoeing, without powerboating and beach buggies. A walk along beaches and a rocky path leads to the Salt River Mouth after crossing Pebble Beach, a large area completely covered in sea-smoothed cobbles.
 
A network of trails covers the surrounding hills and beaches. The lagoon offers sheltered water for sailing and canoeing, without powerboating and beach buggies. A walk along beaches and a rocky path leads to the Salt River Mouth after crossing Pebble Beach, a large area completely covered in sea-smoothed cobbles.
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East of Nature's Valley is the Grootrivier Lagoon, which marks the end of the Otter Trail, starting at Storms River Mouth, 60km further east. This 5-day trail is considered by many hikers to be the finest in South Africa, being strenuous, scenic and extremely varied. The route meanders along the coast through evergreen forest, past boulder-strewn beaches and frequently crossing tannin-stained streams. Huts are available for the hiker at the end of each day, but bookings have to be made well in advance.
 
East of Nature's Valley is the Grootrivier Lagoon, which marks the end of the Otter Trail, starting at Storms River Mouth, 60km further east. This 5-day trail is considered by many hikers to be the finest in South Africa, being strenuous, scenic and extremely varied. The route meanders along the coast through evergreen forest, past boulder-strewn beaches and frequently crossing tannin-stained streams. Huts are available for the hiker at the end of each day, but bookings have to be made well in advance.
  
There is plenty to offer the visitor to Nature's Valley, from the many varied hiking trails to the Animal Sanctuaries next door in The Crags. It is also just a short drive to the World's Highest Bungee at the Bloukrans Bridge and [[Storms River]] Mouth
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There is plenty to offer the visitor to Nature's Valley, from the many varied hiking trails to the Animal Sanctuaries next door in The Crags. It is also just a short drive to the World's Highest Bungee at the Bloukrans Bridge and [[Storms River]] Mouth.
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===Flora and fauna===
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The Tsitsikamma forest is an ecological wonderland. It can alternately be describes as a coastal temperate rainforest or an Afromontane forest. The forest on Platbos Reserve includes many if not all of the special species of tree found here, such as Real Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus), and Stinkwood (Ocotea bullata). It is beautiful inside the forest, as if you are inside a cathedral. Sounds are muted, and the call of the birds are clear and simply enchanting. The forest canopy lets through dappled light, but keeps the air moist enough to smell of earth and humus. It is this forest that is so difficult to rehabilitate. It can take hundreds of years for the forest edge to advance only meters. The fynbos prepares the way for a nurse population of trees (such as Virgilia divaricata, or Cape lilac). Only under the shelter of these fast growing trees will the trees that characterise Tsitsikamma forest grow at all.
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The meadows of fynbos look and feel completely different. Fynbos consists of low shrubbery, and what makes it so special is the variety of flowers and colours. Fynbos's most wonderful attribute is the spicy, woody fragrance. In a fynbos field like this the air is full of the smell.
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[[Image:Platbos_Reserve_Erica_Protea.jpg|thumb|A protea, one of the flowers of Cape fynbos and South Africa's national emblem]]
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Platbos Reserve is home to several bush and forest mammals, such as the shy bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus), caracal (caracal), Chacma babboon (Papio ursinus), bushbuck (scriptus) and many more.
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[[Image:Platbos_Reserve_Bushpig_Hybrid_On_Lawn.jpg|thumb|A hybrid between native bushpig and domestic pig on the lawn of Plateau Country House]]
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The forest and the open fields hosts a vast variety of different bird species. If you are a bird watcher you will enjoy the exquisite and very rare tauraco, which is popularly known as the Knysna lourie (Tauraco corythaix) in the forest, and several species of colourful sunbird in the fynbos.
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[[Image:Platbos_Reserve_African_Black_Oystercatcher.jpg|thumb|Near-threatened Black African Oystercatchers on the beach at Nature's Valley]]
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Since it is a wilderness area snakes, spiders and insects are also plentiful.
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===History===
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The area has a very interesting political, social and environmental history. Palaeontological evidence abounds of the prehistoric hominins who peopled the coastline. Archeological digs at Plettenberg Bay's Robberg and rock art in the De Vasselot section of the Tsitsikamma National Park indicate that earlier people were what are called strandlopers in South Africa, or beachcombers. By the time European traders and colonisers arrived, in mid-1600's, the people of the Cape were mainly Khoisan and Bantu peoples.
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In the 18th century the port town of Knysna became a center of timber trade, which precipitated a woodcutter period of deforestation that saw some of the oldest trees in the forest, especially the yellowwoods, cut down. The forest suffered less damage than might be expected, since the woodcutters were selective about trees, leaving the forest canopy intact, and allowing the saplings to survive.
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As the area developed forested areas were occasionally cleared to make way for plantations of exotic trees like pine. Forested areas like Platbos Reserve, which were initially part of the wild Tsitsikamma forest, were privately owned at the time when South Africa proclaimed the area a protected National Park, and for several decades served as farmland for potatoes and pine plantations. The soil became degraded and the forested parts started to dwindle. The fact that Nature's Valley and Platbos Reserve are privately owned areas inside the Tsitsikamma National Park make then hotspots for environmentally-minded individuals to attempt forest rehabilitation. As a tourism attraction, it is especially exciting for travellers interested in the environment and eco-friendly tourism.
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===Forest Rehabilitation===
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[[Image:Platbos_Reserve_Aerial_Tsitsikamma_Backdrop.jpg|Platbos Reserve at the foot of the Tsitsikamma mountains|thumb|350px|left]]
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The Tsitsikamma is an ancient forest. The Podocarpus genus (Yellowwood) is possibly as old as 105 million years, and some of the Tsitsikamma's most famous yellowwood trees are between 600 and 800 years old. Palaeontological evidence suggests the forests on South Africa's coast have existed for 20 thousand years. It is not suprising that the Tsitsikamma is a slow growing forest that struggles to recover once it is reduced.
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Many factors play a role in the shrinking of the forest, including climate change over millenia which favoured savannah grassland and fynbos vegetation to weather the arid climate. Currently the Tsitsikamma rainforest survives on a fraction of the precipitation the world's other temeperate rainforests need. Deforestation and the introduction of exotic plants by colonialists also placed the forests under pressure. Even now, while the forests of South Africa's Garden Route are protected Parks, exotic plants like the Blue Gum and Australian wattles continue to consume most of the water in the soil and, growing much faster, crowd out indigenous species.
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Also, the pioneer vegetation of the Tsitsikamma forest is Cape fynbos, which consists of obligate seeders and which needs fire to germinate. Since the trees in the Tsitsikamma forest lose their lower branches as they reach the forest canopy, the forest is largely fire resistant. Fire, however, endangers the young trees on the forest edges. If this forest nursery burns down with every fynbos fire, the forest cannot advance. 
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Forest rehabilitation is therefore a long-term project that is very labour-intensive. It involves firstly attending to the health of existing forest by clearing it of invasive plant species. Secondly, pioneer and nurse vegetation must be planted or protected. These plants on the edge of the forest prepare the soil for saplings, and faster growing indigenous trees, like the keurboom, offer saplings shade under which they flourish. The forest nursery should also be protected from the Western Cape's aggressive fires, by maintaining firebreaks.
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Platbos Reserve's conservation and rehabilitation effort is a unique experiment in reforestation, and makes it a fascinating point of interest.
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===Climate===
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Although the forest is called a temperate rainforest, it manages to survive on very little rain. The rainfall is approximately 945 mm per annum. This is very low compared to other temperate rainforests, such as in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North America which has annual precipitation of 200-400 cm. The summer, especially January and December, is the rainy season. Rainy weather varies from persistent drizzle and misty days, to storms and cloudbreaks.
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The temperature ranges between 23°C/17°C in January and 17°C/10°C in July. The fact that the Reserve is on the coast of the warm Indian Ocean explains the balmy climate.
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===Landscape===
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At the foot of the  Tsitsikamma Mountains there is a plateau on which Platbos Reserve is found, and after another sharp drop in the groundlevel, another narrow plateau houses Nature's Valley. 'Platbos' is an Afrikaans name, meaning 'Flat Bush / Forest'. This is a rather descriptive name, as the Reserve fits onto the plateau. Nature's Valley has an equally descriptive name, as it is surrounded by mountains upon mountains, yet faces the sea.
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===The people===
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The local community consists of the permanent and seasonal residents of the seaside town of Nature's Valley, and the community of Covie, a nearby settlement. The Western Cape has a reputation of warmth, hospitality and humour, but service is often below par.
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Afrikaans is the language most commonly spoken as a first language, but many residents also speak isiXhosa and English. 
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==Fees/Permits==
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Walking and hiking at Nature's Valley and Platbos Reserve are controlled via the National Parks board which issues permits free of charge. In season Platbos Reserve may restrict access to guests of Plateau Country House.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By rail & plane===
 
===By rail & plane===
There is no rail station nor airport in Nature's Valley, the closest airport is in [[George]] 100kms west.
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There is no rail station nor airport in Nature's Valley. The closest airports are in Port Elizabeth (201km away) and [[George]] (130km away).
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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*<sleep name="Nature's Valley Restcamp" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="27 (0)44 531-6700" email="reservations@sanparks.org" fax="" url="Tsitsikamma_National_Park#Sleep" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R150">Camping and Forest Huts.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Nature's Valley Restcamp" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="27 (0)44 531-6700" email="reservations@sanparks.org" fax="" url="Tsitsikamma_National_Park#Sleep" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R150">Camping and Forest Huts.</sleep>
  
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* <sleep name="Tranquility Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 531-6663" email="book@tranquilitylodge.co.za" fax="+27 (0)44 531-6879" url="http://www.tranquilitylodge.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A haven of peace and luxury awaits you in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, surrounded by mountains and a pristine beach. The garden hosts a unique hot-pool.</sleep>
  
  
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===Outside Nature's Valley, known as [[The Crags]]===
  
===Outside Nature's Valley, known as The Crags===
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* <sleep name="Plateau Country House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27 (0)71 112-9011" url="http://www.cape-plateau.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="R1.150 pps b&b" lat="" long="" email="info@cape-plateau.com" fax="">All suites in this 5-star establishment are climate controlled and luxuriously appointed, and Plateau Country House offers guests the use of saunas,  the gymnasium, underground wine cellar, massage studio, hair salon and library. This private 82ha reserve is surrounded by the National Park.</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Kingfisher Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27 (0)82 756-3616" email="enjoy@forestmagic.co.za" fax="" url="http://www.forestmagic.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R300 per person"></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Kingfisher Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27 (0)82 756-3616" email="enjoy@forestmagic.co.za" fax="" url="http://www.forestmagic.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R300 per person"></sleep>
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
The rest of the [[Garden Route]].  Nearest cities are [[Plettenberg Bay]] to the west and [[Storms River]] to the east.
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Nearest cities are [[Plettenberg Bay]] to the west, 37km away, and [[Storms River]] to the east. The neighbouring area is called [[The Crags]], a tourist destination full of things to do and see. They include:
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* <listing name="Bramon Wine Estate" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bramonwines.co.za" hours="" price=""></listing>
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* <listing name="The Elephant Sanctuary" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.elephantsanctuary.co.za/cragshome.htm" hours="" price=""></listing>
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* <listing name=" Monkeyland" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.monkeyland.co.za" hours="" price=""></listing>
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* <listing name="Tenikwa Wild Cat and Wildlife Sanctuary" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.tenikwa.co.za" hours="" price=""></listing>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:39, 9 July 2010

Nature's Valley

Nature's Valley is a small village on the Garden Route along the southern Cape coast of South Africa, tucked between the Soutrivier, the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the Indian Ocean and the Grootrivier lagoon. It has a balmy climate and the unusual status of being surrounded by the Tsitsikamma National Park, with the exception of Platbos Reserve, which is also conservation area, albeit privately owned.

The Tsitsikamma Park is one of the most visited in South Africa, because of the pleasant climate, the beauty of the scenery, the wealth of things to do and see, and also because environmental travellers enjoy the wilderness and the biodiversity. The Cape flora found in and around Nature's Valley and on Platbos Reserve is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nature's Valley is just a short drive east of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and just west of Storms River.

A network of trails covers the surrounding hills and beaches. The lagoon offers sheltered water for sailing and canoeing, without powerboating and beach buggies. A walk along beaches and a rocky path leads to the Salt River Mouth after crossing Pebble Beach, a large area completely covered in sea-smoothed cobbles.

East of Nature's Valley is the Grootrivier Lagoon, which marks the end of the Otter Trail, starting at Storms River Mouth, 60km further east. This 5-day trail is considered by many hikers to be the finest in South Africa, being strenuous, scenic and extremely varied. The route meanders along the coast through evergreen forest, past boulder-strewn beaches and frequently crossing tannin-stained streams. Huts are available for the hiker at the end of each day, but bookings have to be made well in advance.

There is plenty to offer the visitor to Nature's Valley, from the many varied hiking trails to the Animal Sanctuaries next door in The Crags. It is also just a short drive to the World's Highest Bungee at the Bloukrans Bridge and Storms River Mouth.

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Flora and fauna[edit]

The Tsitsikamma forest is an ecological wonderland. It can alternately be describes as a coastal temperate rainforest or an Afromontane forest. The forest on Platbos Reserve includes many if not all of the special species of tree found here, such as Real Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus), and Stinkwood (Ocotea bullata). It is beautiful inside the forest, as if you are inside a cathedral. Sounds are muted, and the call of the birds are clear and simply enchanting. The forest canopy lets through dappled light, but keeps the air moist enough to smell of earth and humus. It is this forest that is so difficult to rehabilitate. It can take hundreds of years for the forest edge to advance only meters. The fynbos prepares the way for a nurse population of trees (such as Virgilia divaricata, or Cape lilac). Only under the shelter of these fast growing trees will the trees that characterise Tsitsikamma forest grow at all.

The meadows of fynbos look and feel completely different. Fynbos consists of low shrubbery, and what makes it so special is the variety of flowers and colours. Fynbos's most wonderful attribute is the spicy, woody fragrance. In a fynbos field like this the air is full of the smell.

A protea, one of the flowers of Cape fynbos and South Africa's national emblem

Platbos Reserve is home to several bush and forest mammals, such as the shy bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus), caracal (caracal), Chacma babboon (Papio ursinus), bushbuck (scriptus) and many more.

A hybrid between native bushpig and domestic pig on the lawn of Plateau Country House

The forest and the open fields hosts a vast variety of different bird species. If you are a bird watcher you will enjoy the exquisite and very rare tauraco, which is popularly known as the Knysna lourie (Tauraco corythaix) in the forest, and several species of colourful sunbird in the fynbos.

Near-threatened Black African Oystercatchers on the beach at Nature's Valley

Since it is a wilderness area snakes, spiders and insects are also plentiful.


History[edit]

The area has a very interesting political, social and environmental history. Palaeontological evidence abounds of the prehistoric hominins who peopled the coastline. Archeological digs at Plettenberg Bay's Robberg and rock art in the De Vasselot section of the Tsitsikamma National Park indicate that earlier people were what are called strandlopers in South Africa, or beachcombers. By the time European traders and colonisers arrived, in mid-1600's, the people of the Cape were mainly Khoisan and Bantu peoples.

In the 18th century the port town of Knysna became a center of timber trade, which precipitated a woodcutter period of deforestation that saw some of the oldest trees in the forest, especially the yellowwoods, cut down. The forest suffered less damage than might be expected, since the woodcutters were selective about trees, leaving the forest canopy intact, and allowing the saplings to survive.

As the area developed forested areas were occasionally cleared to make way for plantations of exotic trees like pine. Forested areas like Platbos Reserve, which were initially part of the wild Tsitsikamma forest, were privately owned at the time when South Africa proclaimed the area a protected National Park, and for several decades served as farmland for potatoes and pine plantations. The soil became degraded and the forested parts started to dwindle. The fact that Nature's Valley and Platbos Reserve are privately owned areas inside the Tsitsikamma National Park make then hotspots for environmentally-minded individuals to attempt forest rehabilitation. As a tourism attraction, it is especially exciting for travellers interested in the environment and eco-friendly tourism.

Forest Rehabilitation[edit]

Platbos Reserve at the foot of the Tsitsikamma mountains

The Tsitsikamma is an ancient forest. The Podocarpus genus (Yellowwood) is possibly as old as 105 million years, and some of the Tsitsikamma's most famous yellowwood trees are between 600 and 800 years old. Palaeontological evidence suggests the forests on South Africa's coast have existed for 20 thousand years. It is not suprising that the Tsitsikamma is a slow growing forest that struggles to recover once it is reduced.

Many factors play a role in the shrinking of the forest, including climate change over millenia which favoured savannah grassland and fynbos vegetation to weather the arid climate. Currently the Tsitsikamma rainforest survives on a fraction of the precipitation the world's other temeperate rainforests need. Deforestation and the introduction of exotic plants by colonialists also placed the forests under pressure. Even now, while the forests of South Africa's Garden Route are protected Parks, exotic plants like the Blue Gum and Australian wattles continue to consume most of the water in the soil and, growing much faster, crowd out indigenous species.

Also, the pioneer vegetation of the Tsitsikamma forest is Cape fynbos, which consists of obligate seeders and which needs fire to germinate. Since the trees in the Tsitsikamma forest lose their lower branches as they reach the forest canopy, the forest is largely fire resistant. Fire, however, endangers the young trees on the forest edges. If this forest nursery burns down with every fynbos fire, the forest cannot advance.

Forest rehabilitation is therefore a long-term project that is very labour-intensive. It involves firstly attending to the health of existing forest by clearing it of invasive plant species. Secondly, pioneer and nurse vegetation must be planted or protected. These plants on the edge of the forest prepare the soil for saplings, and faster growing indigenous trees, like the keurboom, offer saplings shade under which they flourish. The forest nursery should also be protected from the Western Cape's aggressive fires, by maintaining firebreaks.

Platbos Reserve's conservation and rehabilitation effort is a unique experiment in reforestation, and makes it a fascinating point of interest.

Climate[edit]

Although the forest is called a temperate rainforest, it manages to survive on very little rain. The rainfall is approximately 945 mm per annum. This is very low compared to other temperate rainforests, such as in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North America which has annual precipitation of 200-400 cm. The summer, especially January and December, is the rainy season. Rainy weather varies from persistent drizzle and misty days, to storms and cloudbreaks.

The temperature ranges between 23°C/17°C in January and 17°C/10°C in July. The fact that the Reserve is on the coast of the warm Indian Ocean explains the balmy climate.

Landscape[edit]

At the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains there is a plateau on which Platbos Reserve is found, and after another sharp drop in the groundlevel, another narrow plateau houses Nature's Valley. 'Platbos' is an Afrikaans name, meaning 'Flat Bush / Forest'. This is a rather descriptive name, as the Reserve fits onto the plateau. Nature's Valley has an equally descriptive name, as it is surrounded by mountains upon mountains, yet faces the sea.


The people[edit]

The local community consists of the permanent and seasonal residents of the seaside town of Nature's Valley, and the community of Covie, a nearby settlement. The Western Cape has a reputation of warmth, hospitality and humour, but service is often below par.

Afrikaans is the language most commonly spoken as a first language, but many residents also speak isiXhosa and English.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Walking and hiking at Nature's Valley and Platbos Reserve are controlled via the National Parks board which issues permits free of charge. In season Platbos Reserve may restrict access to guests of Plateau Country House.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

Located on the R102, just off the N2, the village is easily accessible by car from Port Elizabeth (3hrs) and Cape Town (6hrs) as well as other towns along the Garden Route.

By bus[edit]

The main companies pass along the N2 on their Cape Town to Port Elizabeth route. You can ask to be dropped at the R102 in The Crags and from there you can hitch down to Nature's Valley.

The only BazBus stop is at the Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers on the R102 Nature's Valley Road.

By rail & plane[edit]

There is no rail station nor airport in Nature's Valley. The closest airports are in Port Elizabeth (201km away) and George (130km away).

Get around[edit]

The only way to get around Nature's Valley without your own car is to walk.

See[edit][add listing]

Nature's Valley beach is one of the most spectacular along the Garden Route. The village is surrounded by the Tsitsikamma National Park.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hike the Salt River Cove Trail and the Kalanderkloof Trail, a 5 hour mini Otter Trail
  • Birds of Eden, The Crags (10kms out of Nature's Valley), +27 (0)44 534-8906 (), [1].  edit
  • The Crags Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags (10kms out of Nature's Valley), +27 (44) 534 8145 (), [2].  edit
  • Visit the other Animal Sanctuaries in The Crags (10kms). Snakes, Birds and Big Cats.
  • Jump from the Worlds Highest Bungee at the Bloukrans Bridge (20kms)
  • Rent a canoe and spend some hours on the lagoon.
  • Walk the final stage of the Otter Trail.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Local Craft shops in The Crags

Eat & Drink[edit]

There is only one shop / restaurant / bar in Nature's Valley serving good food and beer at a reasonable price.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Nature's Valley[edit]

  • Tranquility Lodge, +27 (0)44 531-6663 (, fax: +27 (0)44 531-6879), [4]. A haven of peace and luxury awaits you in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, surrounded by mountains and a pristine beach. The garden hosts a unique hot-pool.  edit


Outside Nature's Valley, known as The Crags[edit]

  • Plateau Country House, +27 (0)71 112-9011 (), [5]. All suites in this 5-star establishment are climate controlled and luxuriously appointed, and Plateau Country House offers guests the use of saunas, the gymnasium, underground wine cellar, massage studio, hair salon and library. This private 82ha reserve is surrounded by the National Park. R1.150 pps b&b.  edit
  • Lily Pond Country Lodge, R102 Nature's Valley Rd., + 27 (0)44 534-8767 (), [7]. From R650 per person per night.  edit
  • Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, R102, The Crags (From Plettenburg Bay, 3km along R102, see sign), +27 (0)44 534-8888 (), [8]. Backpackers Lodge and self-catering. Accommodation incl. Dorms, Doubles and Camping. Shuttle Service to all nearby attractions. BazBus stop. Dorms from R100. (-33.948878,23.521256) edit

Get out[edit]

Nearest cities are Plettenberg Bay to the west, 37km away, and Storms River to the east. The neighbouring area is called The Crags, a tourist destination full of things to do and see. They include:





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