Tsitsikamma Tourism - Accommodation - Activities - Attractions
Tsitsikamma - the Garden of the Garden Route welcomes you - Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region, which sits on a 200m high plateau stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to the Tsitsikamma River in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.
The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs (ravines). The water in the rivers is a characteristic dark brown (Coca Cola Water) due to its high tannin content leached from the surrounding vegetation.
A mild all year round climate (temperature variations only between 10 °C and 25 °C generally) allows one to make the most of all the outdoor activities that are on offer, whilst a high rainfall in excess of 1200mm per year ensures the lushness of vegetation that the area is renowned for.
The region is accessed directly from the N2 National Road that passes through the area on an east to west line. This section of road is one of only a few highways in the world to have 3 bridges in excess of 152 meters in height.
Traveling through the eastern Tsitsikamma, the R102 provincial road offers a scenic alternative to the N2 through the countryside, passing Witels Peak, Witelsbos Forestry Station, Oudebosch and Eerste Rivier.
On the western border, the Groot Rivier Pass leads off the N2 and meanders through the fynbos plateau before descending through enchanting indigenous forest down to Natures Valley, well-known for its lagoon and golden beach.
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 climate throughout the year, it's natural that the Tsitsikamma should offer loads of adventure opportunities for everyone.
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 for 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)
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey
Journey with us down the old Storms River Pass and experience the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially designed vehicle. Follow the elephant trail, passing yellowwoods and stinkwoods while hearing about the history of the area and the indigenous flora and fauna.
Blackwater Tubing, the unique aqua adventure delivers whole heap of fun, and is the ultimate way to explore the exquisite scenes of the Tsitsikamma. The excursion on one man inflatable river tubes takes place on the Storms River in the Plaatbos Nature reserve and Tsitsikamma National Park. This untouched river adventure is one of fun-filled hours of paddling, swimming, exquisite and unique nature scenes and optional rock and tube jumps up to 8m high.
Storms River Village Mountain Biking
The woodcutter tracks criss crossing the Tsitsikamma forest offer excellent mountain biking opportunities. There is a 22km 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!
Featured Accommodation in Tsitsikamma (Click for More Info)
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.
Seeking some Time out in the Tsitsikamma? Serenity Retreat is a relaxed haven for cost conscious independent travellers, families, hikers and Small Groups - an ideal base from which to explore the many aspects of this Amazing Area on the doorstep of the Tsitsikamma National Park .
This small owner run establishment has an easy going atmosphere offers free WIFI, friendly service, tons of travel tips and info and the companionship of 2 boisterous and loveable Staffies, Secure off-street parking is available and we also offer and facilitate Teambuilding /Retreat programmes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oyster Bay Lodge
The lodge is set on 235 hectares of unspoilt landscape and incorporates magnificient dunes, woods, river deltas, beaches, wetlands, lagoons and home to free roaming horses and an extensive birdlife. Oyster Bay Lodge is the ideal place to start or end the beautiful journey along the Garden Route.
Andelomi Forest Lodge
We offer quality B&B and Self-Catering accommodation to all travelers passing through. Situated in Storms River Village in the Tsitsikamma region of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, our relaxed farm-style atmosphere is ideal for families with children wanting a quiet break from the hustle of the city life.
Featured Attractions in Tsitsikamma (Click for More Info)
The Big Tree And Ratel Hiking Trails - Storms River Village
The well sign-posted “Big Tree” is situated on the N2, just east of the entrance to Storms River Village. A 500m wooden boardwalk through indigenous forest leads to the Yellowwood giant. Walking to the tree takes about 10 minutes. The tree is estimated to be ±800 years old; it stands 36.6 meters high and has a circumference of almost 9 meters. It is accessible by vehicle for those with lack of mobility, by special permission.
The Ratel Nature Walk follows on from the Big Tree. This trail offers either a 2.6km or 4.2km walk through wet and medium moist High forest, both options are relatively easy.
Garden Route 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.
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