The Tsitsikamma - Place of Abundant Waters
The Tsitsikamma, the 'Garden of the Garden Route', welcomes you to the area the ancient San people called the 'place of sparkling waters'. Here the high mountains, deep gorges and rugged coastline are covered with tall indigenous forests and vast, unspoilt stands of the Cape's unique fynbos. This is truly a place of abundant waters with rivers and cascades tumbling to an ocean lined with rocky crags and white, sandy beaches.
Beautiful indigenous forest, protected by the State, is home to ancient trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi and many others.
Over time, rivers have cut awesome gorges through the coastal plateau as they flow down to the spectacular coastline.
With all these natural gifts and a mild cilimate throughout the year, it's natural that the Tsitsikamma should offer loads of adventure opportunities for everyone.
The Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa's pioneering marine reserve, protects the dramatically beautiful coastline, which encompasses fynbos and forestlands as well as the delicate and unusual marine environment of the Tsitsikamma shore.
Adventure seekers will revel in the diverse range of activities. Storms River Village is the hub of adventure tours. Here you can choose from dozens of options that range from laid back and lazy to extreme and exciting. Explore the indigenous forests from high on a treetop canopy tour or take the more sedate route with a tractor and trailer ride on a woodcutter's journey. Take a guided walk or a challenging mountain bike ride in the forests or try your hand at bass and fly fishing.
For the true adrenaline junkie, the Bloukrans bridge offers the highest commercial bungy jump from a bridge in the world (at more than 200 meter free fall) or you can marvel at the engineering brilliance of bridge itself and the sheer beauty on a guided bridge walking tour. The bridge over the 216m deep Bloukrans Gorge is the highest bridge in Africa. Here you will also find the Tsitsikamma Khoisan Cultural Village.
If only passing through on the N2 make sure you take a moment to stop at the bridge over Storms River for magnificent views up and down the gorge. Even better, head fo the Storms River Mouth entrance to the Tsitsikamma National Park, where a number of short walking trails, one with a wonderfully wobbly suspension bridge, give you superb experiences of forest and coast. Or, if you choose to just relax it is easy to unwind for a day or two in the supremely tranquil and pristine wonderland of forest, mountain and sea.
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“Hike the Tsitsikamma coast in luxury!”
For those hikers who know the rigours of the Otter Trail, and for those who have never had the luck or the courage to hike it, why not take a well earned break and come and enjoy the unrivalled beauty and luxury of the Dolphin Trail? For two magical days you can now hike the magnificent Tsitsikamma Coast with no heavy backpack, and spend three nights in comfort at different accommodation venues!
Tsitsikamma Segway Tours
Tsitsikamma Segway tours is located in Stormsriver Village at Tsitsikamma Backpackers bordering the Tsitsikamma National Park and offers both 1 hour and 2 hours tours through the village and the surrounding indigenous forest.
Strip Tease River Trail
This trail is a unique experience – take your time forget about the rest of the world. Our Strip Tease River Trail is made up for very interesting hiking, the duration is about 3 hours comprising of various pools along the way.
Kayak & Lilo with Untouched Adventures
The Kayak & Lilo Adventure up the Storms River Mouth is an up close and personal encounter with Tsitsikamma’s famous Storms River. Starting on the Kayaks we paddle up the river, passing the bats cave, steep cliffs and majestic views. At the rocks we disembark our kayaks and jump on the inflatable Lilo’s to explore deeper into the gorge and experience a part of the Storms River that you can’t get to by boat! Gently wading deeper into the untouched gorge and finishing off with some cliff jumps we return back to our shop after our 2-2 ½ hour adventure. Fully guided and no experience required.
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Blomplaas Self Catering Guest House
Two self catering cottages (fully equipped with fire places) with mountain views as well as caravan sites, situated on a smallholding with unique plant - (proteas, fynbos and lavender) and birdlife (including Knysna loeries). Bird lookout cum picnic area next to a lake like dam, imaginative landscaping, large lawns, picnic - and barbecue areas. This is a nature lovers' paradise central to the most important tourist attractions in the region. Dr Jan and Johannes vd Merwe , your hosts, invite you to share their nature garden with you.
The Village Lodge
The Village Lodge is situated in the centre of the quaint Storms River Village on the edge of the Tsitsikamma Forest, with its gate opening onto the original old Cape Road. This is a unique concept for tourists with delightful double & family rooms, self catering unit and upmarket hikers accommodation; all rooms are en suite. Families, groups and hikers are welcome. The Lodge is first choice for Otter Trail Hikers both pre and post trail.
Swallows Nest Country Cottages
Swallows Nest Country Cottages are situated in the heart of the Tsitsikamma in a scenic and peaceful garden setting with an attractive swimming-pool. AA Highly Recommended. Breakfast can be provided on request.
Tsitsikamma Khoisan Village
Craft manufacturing, self-catering chalets, view point, backpackers lodge, forest trails (Big Tree) winch rides. Khoi Hut accommodation, caravan park, picnic facilities, bungy jumping, (world's highest from a bridge at 216m), bridge walking tours.
Redford House is the perfect accommodation for your stay in Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route. It is a four star historic country guest house in The Crags within a 22 hectare estate. This is set against the backdrop of the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains which go down to the magnificent beaches of Nature's Valley, Keurbooms and Plettenberg Bay.
Tube 'n Axe Backpackers
This fantastic youth hostel is located in Storms River village on the pulse of adventure and is ranked among the top backpackers lodges in South Africa, let alone on the Garden Route.
Tsalanang Township B&B
Tsalanang Township Bed & Breakfast is located in the township of Storms River Village. Owner Geraldine and her loved ones inhabit the guesthouse and let you feel at home in a humble family environment. As being an extended government house with only 3 rooms, it's small but complete. We take pride in giving personal attention and all the extra services, straight from the heart.
March Hare Cottage
Laugh at the Moon! Romantic self-catering luxury cottage for 2 (plus sleeper-couch). Secure and secluded wooded setting on the edge of the forest, but central to the village and all activities. Superb view of the Tsitsikamma mountains. Fully equipped with an open fireplace, barbecue, TV and hi-fi.
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Tsitsikamma National Park
Along the South Coast of South Africa lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, home to the Garden Route National Park. A mosaic of ecosystems, it encompasses the world renowned Tsitsikamma and Southern Cape indigenous forest and associated Fynbos areas.