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.
Featured Activities in Tsitsikamma (Click for More Info)
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.
Tsitsikamma Black Water Tubing or “Storms River Tubing” is a unique tubing, swimming, rock jumping and hiking adventure through the world renowned Tsitsikamma National Park on the Garden Route.
“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!
Cadeau Adventure Trails
Cadeau Hiking Trails along the Garden Route offer two one-day trails - The Bloubaai coastal hiking trail and the Elands River Coastal hiking trail. These two new hiking trails are partly in the Tsitsikamma National Park, one of South Africa's best nature conservation areas, and partly on private land. the location of the two trails promises hikers only the best hiking experience - two trails with very different experiences and challenges.
Featured Accommodation in Tsitsikamma (Click for More Info)
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.
Tannenhof Guest Farm
This tranquil guest farm, is situated in the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest region. Stay in one of our log-cabins with its own bathroom and outside deck. Enjoy the majestic mountain view with spectacular sunsets.
Tsitsikamma-on-Sea Boutique Hotel
This exclusive estate features a luxurious, 4-star, Boutique Hotel/Luxury Lodge, nestled 100m above 3kms of rugged Tsitsikamma private coastline and nature reserve, bordering on the Tsitsikamma National Forest, with spectacular million dollar ocean and mountain views, sunrise and sunset over the ocean in summer.
The Fernery Lodge & Chalets
Elegance, comfort and serenity, complimented by stunning views, ensure the ultimate holiday and honeymoon destination! Situated in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, the Lodge is perched on the edge of the river gorge overlooking a 30m waterfall, with views of the wild Indian Ocean, rock pools and fynbos.
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.
Bishops Cove Lodge
Bishop’s Cove Lodge is situated on one of the most stunning privately-owned coastal sites in the Tsitsikamma area. To the south lies the pristine, rugged coast with its small private beach; to the east a dramatic drop into the forested Boschkloof;...
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.
Pear Tree Cottage
Pear Tree Cottage is ideally located north facing the Storms River Peak. Unwind and step off the world for a wee while. Kick off the shoes, sit back and enjoy the views and the sound of trees rustling in the breeze. Relax in a lovely garden cottage amid fynbos and indigenous plants in the Tsitsikamma area.
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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.