Garden Route National Park

Last Updated: June 2014

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Location

  • Longitude: 23.869412
  • Latitude: -34.0109
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Languages

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Xhosa

About Garden Route National Park

The Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park was declared in 1964 and encompasses a marine reserve made up of over 80km of coastline. 

The Stormsriver Mouth rest camp of the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park is very scenic and a must-visit. A number of short hiking trails (2-6km) allow you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline. Storms River Mouth offers the visitor magnificent scenery, a small beach, restaurant and shop.

The famous Storms River Suspension Bridge spans the river mouth and this walk is the most popular. 

The Park conserves a considerable portion of the natural biota (all living organisms) of the Garden Route. The primary vegetation biomes consist of Mountain Fynbos, Coastal Fynbos, Afro-montane Forest and the Marine herb-land-, inter-tidal-, and sub-tidal zones. 

This is one of the largest single unit ‘no take’ (including fishing) Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world, conserving 11 percent of South Africa’s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline and provides a ‘laboratory’ for fisheries baseline research on endangered line fish species. In 1964 when it was proclaimed, it became the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in Africa.

You can choose to stay in a number of different accommodation units in the three different camps, Storms River (Tsitsikamma Section), Nature's Valley (Tsitsikamma Section) and Wilderness (Wilderness Section). To view this accommodation, simply visit the Sanparks Website to see what the units in the different camps offer.

You can book and pay for accommodation online or contact reservations.

All accommodation, ablution and kitchen facilities are serviced by cleaning staff on a daily basis.

Currently bedding is supplied in all accommodation (except campsites).

Cooking utensils and refrigeration are provided in most accommodation units. Exceptions will be indicated when booking.

Additional Person Supplements are applicable to those units where number of beds exceeds the base occupancy, if these beds are occupied.

Map and Directions to Garden Route National Park

GPS : 34° 0' 39.24" S / 23° 52' 9.88" E

From George

  • About 18 km past the Bloukrans bridge turn right at the sign "Tsitsikamma National Park"
  • Follow this road straight down to the gate of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

From Port Elizabeth

  • About 8.6 km past the Storms River bridge turn left at the sign "Tsitsikamma National Park"
  • Follow this road straight down to the gate of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

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