Natures Valley and Tsitsikamma Trail - 3 Days


Activity Description

This is a spectacular three-day hike revealing the incredible beauty and variety of scenery that make the Garden Route a unique and popular destination. The trail starts on the banks of the Groot River Lagoon, climbing through ancient forests with their giant trees and abundant streams to vantage points where the magnificent coastal cliffs and turquoise ocean come into view. You’ll wade through clear amber coloured lagoons, ascend to the fynbos covered coastal plains at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and stop off at numerous waterfalls (Tsitsikamma means ‘abundance of water’) and fern lined pools your journey through the heart of the Tsitsikamma.

Accommodation is in the first two hiker’s huts on the Tsitsikamma trail, which have been exceptionally well located; the first is in the forest a stones throw from the Groot River lagoon and Natures Valley beach and the second hut is perched above a spectacular waterfall with panoramic views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
This 3 day exploration of the De Vasselot Section of the Tsitsikamma National Park is a superb introduction to the diversity of the Garden Route environment.

10h00 Meet at De Vasselot SAN Parks for start of the Natures Valley & Tsitsikamma Trail.
Hike up onto the escarpment overlooking the coast, then down to Natures Valley through coastal fynbos and indigenous forest and via scenic Salt River estuary, this is a spectacular walk. Lunch is provided on the trail. You can spend the afternoon swimming in the lagoon or in the ocean at Natures Valley beach both very close to the hut. There are beautiful views of the lagoon, the forested hills and dramatic coastline. Head back to the accommodation for your first night. Dinner is prepared by your guide.
Natures Valley Beach to Kalandar Hut*
Distance approximately 14km 5 hours

After breakfast the hike starts in the indigenous forest and winds up to the escarpment out of the Groot River valley emerging on the plateau below the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The forests of Yellowwood, Common Saffron, Wild Peach, Ironwood and Candlewood trees provide a shady tranquil hike before reaching the fynbos on the escarpment. The shy forest creatures that may make an appearance include Bushpig, Blue Duiker, Genets, Honey Badgers and Baboons. The Blaauwkranz hut has spectacular views, you’ll see Peak Formosa 1675m, the highest peak in the Tsitsikamma and aptly named (Formosa is beautiful in Portuguese) and the hut is set atop a cliff where a magnificent waterfall and tremendous natural pools just beg for exploration.
*Kalandar Hut to Blaauwkranz Hut
Distance approximately 15km about 7 hours

The days hike starts in the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest enroute to the Blouwkranz forestry Station, where the trail continues, winding through forest and plantation. You’ll hike along the escarpment over Pigshead viewpoint and then descend to Natures Valley beach. We have lunch on the beach in a quiet inlet where the dark waters of the Groot River runs into the ocean. We walk along the jeep track through indigenous forest to De Vasselot Rest camp.
Blaauwkranz Hut to DeVasselot Camp
Distance approximately 12km about 6 hours


ProviderGoVertical Mountaineering & Trekking
DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round
WhereDeVasselot, Natures Valley Rest Camp. GPS Co ordinates -33.9706, 23.5618
WeatherAll weather
What to WearPlease see kit list
Things to BringRECOMMENDED KIT LIST • Back Pack approximately 70+ liters • Sleeping bag + 5 degrees C recommended • Warm weatherproof jacket with hood • Hiking boots & socks • Water bottle 2 liters • Changes of clothing- layering is best with a good fleece for warmth • Towel • Sun block • Sunglasses • Sun hat/ Cap • Insect repellant • Toiletries (eco friendly) • Toilet paper • Torch + batteries, preferably headlamp • Personal first aid • Personal energy sweets and drinks OPTIONAL • Swimming costume • Kikoi • Sandals • Camera • Binoculars • Hiking poles • Light weight waterproof rain pants AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL • Sleeping bag with inner sheet
Guests or SpectatorsUnfortunately not


Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelFit
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


• GoVertical Mountaineering guide
• 7 meals from Lunch on day 1, to Lunch on day 3
• 3 days hiking on Tsitsikamma & Natures Valley Trail network
• 2 nights Trail hut accommodation. The trail huts have bunk beds with mattresses, flush toilets and hot water bucket showers. Clean fresh drinking water is available.
• National Park fees
• Transfer back to vehicle if parked at Natures Valley at end of trail


• Medical/ rescue insurance
• Alcoholic beverages


• This will be a provisional booking until we have confirmed availability with the National Parks Authority
• Accommodation at local lodge before or after the Trail, ask us for recommendations.
• Transport to the Natures Valley, Tsitsikamma Trail Head
• Gear hire

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