Nature’s Valley Rest Camp Tsitsikamma National Park

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We stayed two nights at a cabin in Nature’s Valley, where we explored the main trail that passed from bottom forest to ridge-top fynbos.  There were some succulents as well as impressive tall trees in the forested areas.

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Descending towards Nature’s Valley.

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Large Podocarpus falcatus.

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Podocarpus falcatus

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Arriving at the camp.

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Our cabin

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Interior of our cabin

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Interior of the cabin

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Our cabin

 

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Vervet monkey outside our cabin.

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Closer view of the Vervet monkey.

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Steep trail in the park.

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Views from the top after steep hike up the mountain.

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A flatter part of the trail at the top.  Here the soil moisture is much less than in the valley bottom and the vegetation is shrubby and short.

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Protea flowering.

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A toad near the top of the trail in the sandy area.  We were surprised to see it during the daytime.

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Great views from the top.

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Views of the estuary and the town of Nature’s Valley.

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The camp is very close to the ocean.

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The forest along one of the trails.  Taller trees are only found in the valley bottoms and on south-facing slopes.

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The trees are very tall near the camp – this lies on the river floodplain – or at least where the trees can tap into near permanent water.

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Forest and river near the campground.

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Very windy afternoon at the beach.  Salt spray evident.

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Seagull – probably waiting for a handout.