Parks & sancturies

There are a huge amount of parks, resorts, and sanctuaries near Nature’s Valley. Many within 10 kilometres, some further away. 

Near nature’s valley before Plettenberg Bay Contact info
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. Tel: +27 44 534 8906
Fax: + 27 44 534 8907
Birds of Eden 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. Just near Nature’s valley and open daily 8am to 17.00. If you purchase a combo ticket you can access both Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Tel: +27 44 534 8906
Fax: +27 44 534 8907
Birds of Eden
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. Tel: +27 44 534 8145
Fax: +27 44 534 8235
Elephant Sanctuary
Also just above Nature’s Valley is Tenikwa wildlife awareness centre where you can interact with a wide range of wild cats, including cheetahs. Guided tours available. Tel: +27 44 534 8170
Cell: +27 82 414 4416
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is 10km east of Plettenberg Bay next to the Plettenberg Bay Puzzle Park. It is home to big cats such as lions, cheetahs, tigers, leopard, jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, wild dog, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger, raccoons and various snake species.  Tel: +27 44 534 8906
Fax: + 27 86 7608605
Mobile: +27 82 9795683
“Spirit”– formally known as “Diabolo” is the famous black leopard who lives here. 
Plett Puzzle Park is situated about 10km from Plettenberg Bay on the N2 towards The Crags. Their two main activities are the first life size 3D maze in South Africa as well as an exciting and unique forst Puzzle Walk. Designed for visitors of all ages, there is also a free children’s play area, and a coffee & gift shop set in a tranquil garden setting.   Contact: Steve 
Tel: +27 44 534 8853
Cell: +27 72 785 8007 
Plett Puzzle Park
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. Tel: +27 44 535 0000/1
Cell: +27 84 792 8288
Plettenbergbay Gamereserve
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary is located on the N2 between Nature’s valley and 15 kilometres from Plettenberg Bay. It houses indigenous and exotic snakes and offers guided tours, including how to respond to unexpected encounters with local snakes. Call Michael on:
Tel: +27 44 534 8056
Cell: +27 82 667 6588
Lawnwood Snake_Park
Forest Ferns near Storms River is a 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. Tel: +27 42 280 3588
Fax: +27 42 280 3823


Knysna to Mossel bay Contact info
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.  E-mail:
Knysna Elephant Park is in same area as Blue Hills Bird Farm where you can feed and touch elephants. Situated on the N2 just near Harkerville. Booking not required as guided tours are offered throughout the day. Reservations for safaris into the forest essential. Tel: +27 44 532 7732
Tel/Fax: +27 44 532 77632
Knysna Elephant Park
The Wolf Sanctuary exhibits 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 fed twice a day, early in the morning and at around 5pm. There are also farmyard animals and a children’s playground.  Tel: +27 82 938 4821
Fax: +27 44 532 7761
Wolf sanctuary

Driving to the Little Karoo from the Garden Route is an adventure in itself. From Oudtshoorn take the Swartberg Pass or Meiringspoort to Prince Albert for spectacular scenery.

Little Karoo Contact info
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. Tel: +27  44 272 7410
Fax: +27 44 272 8001
Cango Caves
Meerkat Adventures allows you to observe the meerkats as they leave their burrows to catch the morning sun and warm up. You need to arrive very early with your own picnic chair and a blanket. Cash payment (no Meerkats, no payment). Booking essential. Tel: +27 84 772 9678
Meerkat Adventures
Although the Cango Wildlife Ranch continues to house a large crocodilian population, it also includes a number of big cats. With the initial emphasis 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 Tel: +27 44 272 5593
Fax: +27 44 272 4167
Safari Ostrich Show Farm is on the R328 6km from Oudtshoorn. It has thousands of ostriches, from incubation stage to full-grown adults that visitors can ride. The farm has (safari) guides, a restaurant, a curio shop, and an original palace “Welgeluk”, a National Monument. Tel: +27 44 272 7312
Fax: +27 44 272 5896
Safari Ostrich
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm , 10 km from Oudtshoorn on the R328, offers Ostrich racing, Ostrich tours, Ostrich meals.   Tel: +27 44 272 7115/6
Cell: +27 71 0769964Fax: +27 44 272 7111
 Wilgewandel Oudtshoorn offers waterslides abd foefie slides, camel and donkey cart rides, 18 hole Ghwarra-Ghwarra Golf,  pedal cars and quad buggies , rowing boats, trampolines, and has a curios and gift shop.  Tel: +27 44 272 5593 / 8119
Fax: +27 44 272 4167
Outeniqua Trout Lodge is about 55 km from Plettenberg Bay, situated on the scenic Prince Alfred’s pass. Picnic spots, a pool, bird watching, guided hiking and kloofing, river swimming, and a jungle-gym for children. Tel: +27 87 808 2531
Fax: +27 86 652 5515
Outeniqua Trout Lodge


Eastern cape Contact info
Addo Elephant Park is a South African National Park with a 372 000-hectare terrestrial zone and a 120 000-hectare marine zone. The only wildlife park in the world where you can view the Big 7! The park is situated 72 km northeast of Port Elizabeth. Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
Fax: +27 (0)12 426 5500E-mail:
Addo Elephant Park
Schotia Safaris is the oldest private game reserve in the Eastern Capeof  South Africa,  bordering the eastern side of Addo Elephant National Park. Schotia was the first reserve in the Cape Province to have free roaming lions and is also home to zebra, wildebeest, warthog, jackal, crocodile and a large variety of antelope and other buck. Tel: +27 42 235 1436
Cell: +27 83 654 8511  
Fax: +27 42 235 1368
Schotia Safaris
Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa coupled with responsible tourism. it is a 20 000-hectare 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. Tel: +27 42 203 1111
Kwantu Private Game Reserve is a 6000-hectare private game reserve situated about 85 km east of Port Elizabeth and is home to 5 Biomes and the diverse wildlife of Africa. Tel: +27 42 203 1400
Fax: +27 86 655 9495
Kariega Game Reserve is a 6000-hectare  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”. Tel: +27 41 581 2606
Fax: +27 46 636 2288

cheetah sanctuarie

Cheeta land

elephant sanctuary

The elephant sanctuary