Sea Why, Nature's Valley is situated within an area of exceptional beauty, the Tsitsikamma, central to the Southern Cape rain forest - the largest remaining rain forest in Southern Africa. The coastal town is situated within the borders of the De Vasselot section of the Tsitsikamma National Coastal Park - part of the Garden Route National Park. Nature’s Valley is the only town in South Africa to be situated in a National Park! The park and the bordering Bloukrans State Forest offer twelve of the most beautiful one day hiking trails in the Southern Cape. Interesting aquatic life occurs in the lagoon of the Groot River and off the three- kilometre sandy beach. Birdwatchers and other nature lovers can admire a large variety of forest birds and animals in the area. Nature's Valley is the ideal basis from where to tour the eastern part of the Garden Route. The village has a shop (limited stock) and a small restaurant.
Hiking / birding:
Nature’s Valley is a paradise for hikers and birders. Sea Why is within walking distance of a three kilometre stretch of sandy beach, a lagoon, river, ten different hiking trails (ranging from one to six hours) and indigenous rain forests with 500 year old Yellow wood trees, ideal for bird watching. A map of the trails and tick off lists are available.
The main swimming beach (Blue Flag status) is manned by life guards during the peak season. The lagoon is very popular for canoeing, windsurfing and family picnics, and is a children’s paradise (no power boats allowed).
Within a 15km range: (brochures available)
Birds of Eden - the largest free-flight aviary in the world.
Monkeyland - multi-species primate sanctuary.
Tenikwa wildlife awareness centre, wildlife rehabilitation,
Crags Elephant Sanctuary - walk and interact with elephants.
The Mill living centre - mohair, leather, fine arts and restaurant.
Within a 20 to 50 km range:
Canopy Tours - a three hour slide tour 30 metres up in the trees.
Falls adventure - zip lines and abseiling.
Puzzle Park - 3d maze and puzzle walks.
Jukani Game Park - big cat (lions, tigers) rehabilitation centre.
Horse trails - half day, day, and moonlight trials on horseback.
Eagle Encounters - bird of prey rehabilitation centre.
Woodcutters Journey - explore the afro-montane forest.
Ocean boat based tours - whale, dolphin and seal watching.
River Ferries and boat hire - a boat trip up the Keurbooms River.
Kayaking - ocean paddling.
The world’s highest bridge bungee jump.
Shopping and eating out:
Shopping can be done at Plettenberg Bay (30km to the west) where various supermarkets and other interesting shops in different shopping centres can be found. Various sophisticated restaurants are spread throughout Plettenberg Bay.
And, do visit Nature’s Valley’s own shop and restaurant.
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