Wild Spirits in Natures Valley
A fortuitous side effect of the Otter Trail mission was the chance to hang out where the wild spirits gather in Natures Valley.
Natures Valley is aptly named as its natural beauty is awe inspiring, from the sweeping beach and the lagoon that flows forth into the sea, to the daunting Tsitsikamma mountains that laud over the landscape, to the private beach cove at the Salt River Mouth.
There is much to be done in Natures Valley, excellent hiking that spans indigenous forests, beaches and boulder hopping as well as virgin fynbos across steep hills that tumble into the ocean.
If that sounds too energetic feel free to visit the excellent sanctuaries at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden to name just two of the many attractions in the area, located close to Plettenberg Bay (20kms) and Stormsriver (40kms), the traveller is in striking distance of some of South Africa’s premier adventure activities.
I camped at the Wild Spirit Backpackers, which offers the usual backpacker amenities ( Check seasonal rates on their site). Instead of the couple of nights i was planning i ended up staying almost ten days, a mixture of work and no express desire to leave the delight that is Natures Valley kept me firmly rooted.
Many backpackers have location, others rely on staff to create their vibe but few can offer both and Wild Spirit does just that with aplomb.
They offer healthy breakfasts (R30 or R40 if you want eggs) and smorgasbord dinners that cater to carnivores (R70) and herbivores (R55), and be sure to try Dorians desserts (R25) they are crazy tasty. They also offer free wifi.
There are a couple of hikes on the farm to some waterfalls and through forests if you are so inclined but be sure to spend at least one day with your feet up and just stare the day away at the surrounding beauty.
Crazy beautiful landscapes, great accommodation and friendly folk make a visit to Natures Valley a great stop after the hurly burly commercial vibes of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay … be sure to go and find your wild spirit.
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