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.
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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.
“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.
Minimum of 4 hikers will be allowed and booking in advance of 3 days IS ESSENCIAL
Hog Hollow Horse Trails
Experience the Tsitsikamma on horseback... Choose between a one hour meadow trail with wildlife, a two hour forest trail or a three hour Cruise The Crags Trail, riding on horse back to attractions such as Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Mill Craft Centre and Bramon Wine Estate.
Featured Accommodation in Tsitsikamma (Click for More Info)
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.
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.
Wake up to the sound of birds singing, take walks in the forest, sit by a rippling stream or just enjoy the peace and quiet or participate in the various activities on offer, both on our property or in the area.
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.
Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa
Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa is a truly splendid lodge loftily set against the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountain range and is sheltered by the forest fringe. Blending in with the surroundings and built entirely of wood, these unique free-standing cabins with alluring spa baths that have been designed to complement their environment.
Upon entering this multi award winning lodge you will find beautifully landscaped gardens with prolific birdlife and an unrivalled atmosphere of peace and tranquility where you will become aware that you have arrived somewhere quite special. Due to its prime setting, it is the perfect base from which to explore the adventure activities along the Garden Route.
Elandsrivier Guest House
Elandsrivier Guest House, situated in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, offers upmarket bed and breakfast as well as fully equipped self catering accommodation. We want you to be relaxed and feel at home, without compromising on luxury and professional service.
Tsitsikamma Seaside Accommodation
Tsitsikamma Seaside Accommodation offers privately owned self-catering holiday homes for rental in the secluded village of Eersterivier in the Eastern Cape. Located along the eastern edge of the majestic Tsitsikamma region on the Garden Route of South Africa, Eersterivier offers a serene seaside holiday experience.
Storms River Guest Lodge
Storms River Guest Lodge is located in the peaceful village of Storms River, in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, which forms part of the Garden Route. The Lodge is a Bed and Breakfast, consisting of a double story building with 14 lovely, spacious, en-suite rooms. Suitable for small and large groups.
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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.