The gardens and sweeping lawns slope down to the Cumakala River and dense Yellowwood forest.
The forest and surrounding area are inhabited by no less than one hundred and thirty-eight species of bird including Knysna louries and the rare Cape parrot, many of which are common seasonal visitors to the garden. The forest is also home to numerous animals such as bush buck, duiker, samango monkeys, bush pigs, wild cats and many others.
Yellowwood Creek is only 4 kilometres from Stutterheim and less than an hour's drive from East London, and the stunning beaches of the wild cost.
Picturesque Anderson dam, fed by a natural waterfall is a half hour's walk via a path in the forest and within 2 kilometres are other scenic trails of varying length leading to stunning waterfalls. For lovers of birds, plants and nature in general, the montane forest is a soul soothing paradise with its green canopy-filtered sunlight and a myriad of calls and cries.
The famous Amathola mountain hikes are a short drive towards near by King Williams Town.
A short drive away through breathtaking scenery, renown Gubu dam provides excellent trout fishing and for golfers, the Stutterheim country club has a magnificent course just five minutes drive from Yellowwood Creek. Fifteen kilometres south of Stutterheim on the N6, Wrigglewade dam offers sailing and bass fishing.
"And into the forest I go, to loose my mind and find my soul"