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Nature's Valley

One of the most beautiful areas of a decidedly beautiful country, Nature's Valley is an enchanting and relatively 'undiscovered' holiday resort on the Garden Route, about 18 miles (29km) from Plettenberg Bay. Surrounded by the Tsitsikamma National Forest, Nature's Valley is a gorgeously lush area of tall bearded trees, monkey ropes and rich bird life - and it also happens to sport one of the prettiest coastlines in the country. Featuring great weather all year round and a decided lack of non-essential infrastructure (there is only one shop and no banks), Nature's Valley is the perfect place to go for tourists looking to relax and rejuvenate in perfect peace and quiet. There are plenty of scenic walks and hiking trails around; in fact, Nature's Valley marks the end of the Otter Trail, one of South Africa's most famous hikes. Canoeing down the river and swimming in the sheltered lagoon are also popular activities. Accommodation in Nature's Valley comes in all shapes and sizes: from luxury villas which can be rented on a monthly basis, to the excellent Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpacker Hostel, which offers affordable lodging in a funky and eco-friendly environment. If you're due to travel on South Africa's Garden Route, you are strongly encouraged to stop in at Nature's Valley for a night or two - but just be careful, as the idyllic atmosphere of the place might keep you around longer than you'd originally planned...