Stretching for 68km between Keurboomstrand, Nature's Valley and the Storm's River Mouth, the Tsitsikamma National Park (600km from Cape Town) is the Garden Route's most dramatic stretch of coast. Established in 1964, it’s a dense collage of indigenous forest, tangled vines, deep gorges cut by black rivers, angry waves and weatherbeaten cliffs. Nature's Valley is the only village in the park and probably the most laid-back destination on the Garden Route. It also has the best beach and the widest choice of accommodation in the Park. Most of these options are private holiday homes that are occupied by their owners over Christmas. Out of this period though, there is plenty available. In contrast to the soothing karma of Nature's Valley, Storms River Mouth is nature in its primal rawness, where the dark river surges into the ocean and the forests cling for dear life to the surrounding cliffs. With a large number of timber cabins and camping and caravanning right on the water's edge, the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp is your main self-catering option. Several miles upstream, close to the N2, and not to be confused with Storms River Mouth itself, the Storms River Village has a general dealer and a few places to stay.