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 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.
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
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour
The original canopy Tour. An Experience you’ll never forget.
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.
Featured Accommodation in Tsitsikamma (Click for More Info)
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.
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.
Tsitsikamma Village Inn
This magical hotel is situated in the quaint village of Storms River.
This privately owned and managed country hotel consists of 49 village-style rooms, where each cottage is individually decorated.
The Hotel is renowned for its good food, old world charm and has been a favourite for many a year!
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.
At the Woods Guest House
At the Woods provides a relaxing and comfortable base to explore the Tsitsikamma. En-suite bedrooms offer tea trays, bar fridges, ceiling fans or heaters, and TV. Lounges. Pool. Mountain views. WiFi & internet Children. Laundry. TGCSA 3-Star Guest House.
Armagh Country Lodge & Spa
In the foothills of the Tsitsikamma mountains surrounded by natural forest and fynbos, lies the village of Storms River, where you will discover Armagh Country Lodge. Spacious, en suite rooms with magnificent views and private patios which lead into the sprawling natural gardens will entice you into spending at least a couple of days in this ecological wonderland.
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.
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.
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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.