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Nature’s Valley Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma)

The Nature’s Valley Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park is situated in the De Vasselot on the banks of the Groot River, about 30km from the town of Plettenberg Bay and about 40km from Storms River Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).

This camp is a bird watchers’ and hikers’ paradise with a variety of trails to choose from.

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Nature’s Valley is a bird watchers’ and hikers’ paradise.

There are numerous day trails to choose from such as the Salt River Mouth Trail, The Kalander Trail, and the Groot River Trail. A map, which also serves as permit, is available at Nature’s Valley Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section) Reception and the shop in the Nature’s Valley Village.

Canoeing from the rest camp to the Groot river mouth is absolutely the best way to unwind. Canoes are available for hire from Nature’s Valley Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


  • A shop and restaurant/pub is located in the village where basic commodities may be purchased.
  • Fuel is available at The Crags.

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.

Visitor Tips

  • Nearest garage or vehicle repairs at Witelsbos – 30km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
  • Medical/hospital and pharmaceutical facilities at Kareedouw – 55km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
  • Post Office and police services at Storms River village – 13km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma Section (a post box is available at the rest camp).
  • Scuba divers must present valid certificate and supply own equipment. Scuba refill facilities are available at Storms River rest camp.
  • The swimming pool at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section) is reserved for resident guests only.
  • Powerboats are not permitted on the river at Nature’s Valley.

5 Things To Seek

  1. Knysna Seahorse: This peculiar fish occurs only in the Knysna, Keurbooms and Swartvlei estuaries and nowhere else in the world. Because of its limited distribution the Knysna Seahorse is listed as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List – the first seahorse in the world to be listed as endangered. Hint: Visit the SANParks Thesen Island Office in Knysna to view the Knysna Seahorse up close!
  2. Big Tree: Also known as the King Edward VII tree, this famous landmark and visitor attraction near Diepwalle Forest Station is another Outeniqua yellowwood worth seeing up close. The tree is 800+ years old.
  3. The Forest Legends Museum: If you venture into the mysterious Knysna Forest you will find, at its heart, the Forest Legends Museum which houses stories about Woodcutters, Timber merchants, Botanists, Settlers and the elusive Knysna Elephant. The museum reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets and showcases the famous elephant skeleton.
  4. Knysna Dwarf Chameleon: A species of dwarf chameleon that is endemic to South Africa this forest dweller is the master of camouflage. They climb high into the forest canopy during the day to bask and then sleep in the centre of tree ferns at night, coiling their prehensile tails to look like fern fronds.
  5. Elephant Walks: These three trails are a scenic delight with clear streams and mysterious green beauty. They follow old woodcutter trails in some parts, taking the hiker past some stately old Outeniqua yellowwood trees. Choose between the moderate White Elephant Trail with its enticing rock pools, the easy Black Elephant Trail or the moderate to difficult Red Elephant Trail.


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