NATURE'S VALLEY SOUTH AFRICA

Travelling the Garden Route to Nature’s Valley

Most visitors to Nature's Valley are usually self drive tourists or on mini tour busses so travel tips and directions here will focus more on this aspect of travelling. Not only will I be giving general info on how to get to Nature's Valley but road travel in general in South Africa.

Broadly speaking there are several ways to get to Nature's Valley. Most likely would be from Cape Town or George or Port Elizabeth where there are major airports or from inland. Should it be from Cape Town you would travel east along the N2 Garden Route (approximately 6 hours by car). From George which is about mid way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth it would also be east on the N2 national highway (Approximately 2 hours by car). From Port Elizabeth you would travel west on the N2 highway (Approximately 2 ½ hours by car). Should it be from inland - either Johannesburg or Durban - you would also need to travel via George or Port Elizabeth when you hit the coast.

Apart from expensive transfers from either Port Elizabeth or George there is no public transport which would get you to Nature's Valley. So, you would more than likely be self drive. Either local South African with your own vehicle or a hire car which would be obtainable through your travel agent or at the airports where most internationally known car hire companies are present. It's not advisable to go for the cheaper, unknown car hire agents as their vehicles are a lot older and most likely to leave you in the lurch in some obscure place.

To be more specific about getting to Nature's Valley: From the Cape Town/George side you would travel past Plettenberg Bay on the N2 for approximately 30km (about 20 minutes) You will first enter the Crags with a small superette and petrol station on your left and about 2km further on another small superette and petrol station on your right and then about 1km further on you will see the sign Nature's Valley R102 on your right. Turn right here and follow the road past several small farms and guest houses until you get to the pass which will wind its way down to the bottom where you will find the entrance to Nature's Valley. Froggy Pond is the second house from the corner of the first road to the right.

From the Port Elizabeth side you will travel along the N2 and after about 2 hours you will get to the Toll gate. Turn left onto the slip road immediately to the left after the toll gate. Follow the R102 to the pass where you will wind your way down to the bottom to the entrance to Nature's Valley.

NOTE: There may be construction work on the pass in which case signs will direct you Nature's Valley. At present there are signs on both sides of the pass saying "no through road" but although not fully completed the bridge is passable and you are able to reach Nature's Valley from both the east and west side along the R102 Grootrivier pass. Should you get lost please feel free to phone for directions at Nature's Valley Trading Store 044 531 6835

Travellers tip: Please obey all speed restrictions. Especially on the Kaimans pass after George, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and between Plettenberg Bay and the Nature's Valley turnoff. They hide with their speed trapping cameras in the most obscure places and catch you when you least expect it.

 


GENERAL TRAVELLERS INFO

Your hosts at Froggy Pond, Beefy and Tish, have travelled South Africa and neighbouring countries extensively and have a wealth of information to share to help you plan your trip to South Africa.  Contact Beefy at beefy@xnets.co.za