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 Falls Adventures
Enjoy a birds eye view of not 1 but 3 waterfalls as you zipline back and forth across the Kruis river in the garden of garden route. The zipline tour consisting of 8 slides is done in a harness fitted with a patented braking system. Suitable for all ages. We are here to ensure people have loads of safe fun.
Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail
This is a 2 - 6 day hiking trail through the scenic Tsitsikamma Mountains. The trail meanders through mountain fynbos and indigenous forests with wonderful river gorge and mountain scenery. There are plenty of rivers, streams and rock pools for swimming.
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 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.
Featured Accommodation in Tsitsikamma (Click for More Info)
Fynboshoek Cheese Farm Cottage
A small self catering cottage for two on the cheese farm Fynboshoek. It's without electricity (gas and candles) and no TV or wifi......there is a big fireplace! The cottage is on the farm yard of a working cheese farm. Sadly, it's not suitable for children or pets. Ideal for people that enjoy quiet country days reading a book, staring at the mountains and using farm products to cook lovely meals.
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.
Dolphin View Chalets
Dolphin view chalets is a family-run self catering establishment located in the heart of Tsitsikamma.
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.
Cadeau Adventure Trail and Accommodation
Nestled in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, bordering on the Tsitsikamma National Park, you can enjoy tent accommodation on wooden decks, while experiencing sounds from the Tsitsikamma forest ranging from the night owls, fish eagles and many other bird lives plus enjoying our home made cuisine and hospitality.
Tsitsikamma on sea Luxury Lodge
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.
Misty Mountain Reserve
Few locations manage to convey the sense of peace and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma. From its lush vegetation to its awe-inspiring coastal vistas, this unspoiled stretch of paradise is home to an amazing array of animals, plant-life and natural waterfalls. Perfectly nestled in the heart of this peaceful paradise is Misty Mountain Reserve. Whether it’s an unforgettable family break, the adventure of a lifetime, a romantic getaway or team building conference, Misty promises a memorable stay – “Nature at your Service...”
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.