The Definitive Guide to Activities in the Area of Nature's Valley, Plettenberg Bay Area, South Africa |
PARKS, RESORTS, RESERVES, RANCHES AND SANCTUARIES
There are countless parks, resorts, sanctuaries and such in the near vicinity of Nature's Valley. Many within 15 kilometres, some further away. Below is an overview of day trips from Nectar Cottage.
|NEAR NATURE'S VALLEY before Plettenberg Bay
|Monkeyland is a primate sanctuary with experienced game-ranger guided safaris. Numerous species of monkeys as well as large varieties of forest-dwelling birds. Just near Nature's valley and open daily 8am to 6pm.
Fax: 044-534 8907
|Birds of Eden is the world's largest dome (2 hectares so larger than the UK millennium dome and the Eden Project) and spans a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary provides a better life for 3 000+ previously caged birds. Its 80 ton structure with its 1.2km of walkways, 200 seater amphitheatre, and walk-behind waterfall, is awesome. Take your time here - it is worth it!
Just near Nature's valley and open daily 8am to 5pm. If you purchase a combo ticket you can access both Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.
||044 534 8906 |
Fax: 044 534 8907
|A stone's throw from Nature's Valley and 400 metres from Monkeyland, the Elephant Sanctuary offers guests an opportunity to not only learn more about these magnificent animals, but also the possibility to walk with them, touch them, and even ride them. Open daily from 8am
Fax: 044-534 8235
|Also just above Nature's Valley is Tenikwa which is a wildlife awareness centre where you can interact with a wide range of wild cats, including the adorable cheetahs. One-hour guided tours are available from 9,00 to 16.30.
GSM: 082-414 4416
|Buffalo Hills Game Farm in the Bitou River Valley, the Crags, offer safari game drives, walking trails, mountain bike trails, and horse trails to see rhino, leopard, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, kudu etc., and more than 150 species of birds.
|Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is between Keurbooms and the Bitou River Valley, about 20kms from Nature's Valley. With more than 35 species of game and over 1000 animals they offer game drives and horse safaris. Booking essential.
|Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary is a sanctuary for snakes and has an indigenous snake pit, a large dome housing South African and exotic snakes, and 2 giant python rooms. The sanctuary offers a 1-hour guided tour, including how to respond to unexpected encounters with local snakes. The tour costs R50 for adults and R25 for children.
They can be found on the N2 in The Crags between Nature's valley and 15 kilometres from Plettenberg Bay.
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|Aventura Resort has angling, tennis, boating, canoeing, water sports, rowing, windsurfing, volleyball, (heated pool) swimming, hiking, and picnic spots.
||044-535 9309 fax: 044-535 9912|
|Forest Ferns near Storms River is an environmentally friendly and sustainable
fern-harvesting and cultivation industry. Visitors have the opportunity to view the indigenous ferns of the Tsitsikamma forest. Teas and light lunches are available as well as guided tours of the nursery and export facilities.
Open daily 9am to 5pm.
Fax: 042-280 3823
|KNYSNA to MOSSEL BAY
|Just beyond Plettenberg Bay, 31 Kilometres from Nature's Valley, is Blue Hills Bird Farm. Their aim is to cultivate an interest and passion for birds. They also have a petshop. Contact Gerhard, the owner, for more information.
|At Knysna Elephant Park is in same area as Blue Hills Bird Farm and here you can feed and touch elephants. Situated on the N2 just near Harkerville, the elephant park is open 365 days a year from 8.30am. Booking is not required as guided tours are offered throughout the day. Reservations for safaris into the forest essential.
KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK IS CURRENTLY BEING BOYCOTTED BY THE OWNER OF THIS SITE DUE TO ALLEGATIONS OF MALTREATMENT OF ELEPHANTS. SEE THE PETITION SITE FOR MORE DETAILS.
Tel/Fax: 044-532 77632
|The Wolf Sanctuary is a sanctuary for wolves, foxes, wild dogs, hyenas and Timber wolves and is on the N2 43 kms from Nature's Valley direction Knysna. The animals are caged and although generally not wild anymore, they are not domesticated either. There are also farmyard animals and a children's playground. The wolves are fed twice a day: early in the morning and at around 5pm.
Fax: 044-532 7761
|Outeniqua Trout Lodge is about 55 km from Knysna. Knysna forest and Outeniqua mountain areas for fly fishing, birding, camping, hiking, mountain biking, river walks, horse
riding, picnics, swimming, 4x4 trail, and paragliding
Tel/Fax: 044-382 6887 (home)
Tel/Fax: 044-752 3140 (farm).
|Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in Mossel Bay has a reptile park, big cats, and a farmyard & playground. Open daily from 9 to 17.00.
|The Cango Caves are awe-inspiring as one of the oldest natural attractions
in South Africa and acknowledged as one of the most beautiful calcite caverns in the world. Guided tours on the
hour from 9am till 4pm. Open daily except Christmas.
Fax: 044-272 8001
|Safari Ostrich Show Farm has thousands of ostriches to view from incubation
stage to full-grown adults that visitors can ride. The farm has guides, a restaurant and curio shop and an original
palace "Welgeluk", a National Monument.
||044-272-7311 / 044-272 7312|
Fax: 044-272 5896
|Highgate Ostrich Show Farm , 10 km from Oudtshoorn on the R328, offers a 1h15min Ostrich Farm experience tour and boasts the longest and most picturesque racetrack. Open from 7.30am till 17.00, sstrich meat and egg meals are served daily.
Fax: 044-272 7111
|Although the Cango Wildlife Ranch continues to house a large crocodilian population, it has turned its attention to the plight of endangered species and in line with this, the decision was made to expand an include a number of big cats. With the initial emphasis being on the highly endangered Cheetah, the Cango Wildlife Ranch is today home to more than 47 species of animals and reptiles. Open 365 days a year ||044-272 5593|
|Wilgewandel Oudtshoorn: Camel rides, restaurant with crocodile and ostrich
dishes and 1-hour walking trails
||044 272 5593 / 8119|
Fax: 044 272 4167
|The Greater Addo Elephant Park is an all in one park comprising a 372 000 ha
terrestrial zone and a 120 000 ha marine zone. The only wildlife park in the world where you can view the Big 5 plus
whales and great white sharks. The park is situated 72 km northeast of Port Elizabeth.
Fax: 042-233 0196
|Schotia Lion Club is also home to zebra, wildebeest, warthog, jackal,
crocodile and a large variety of antelope and other buck.
Fax: 042-235 1368
|Shamwari Game Reserve is 20 000 hectares of private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape about 70 km past Port Elizabeth. Game drives in an open vehicle affords views of the big 5 with activities in the afternoons and fireside meals in the evenings.
||Swartkops, Port Elizabeth|
041 407 1000
Fax: 041-407 1001
|Kwantu Private Game Reserve is 6000 hectares of private game reserve situated about 85 km east of Port Elizabeth and is home to 5 Biomes and the diverse wildlife of Africa.
Fax: 086-655 9495
|Kariega Game Reserve is also 6000 hectares of private game reserve nearer Port Alfred than Port Elizabeth. Kariega prides itself on the abundance of general game and birdlife supplementing it's "Big 5".
Fax: 041-363 0269
The Elephant Sanctuary