The Tsitsikamma Mountains run from West to East and form the Northern border of the Garden Route. It stretches for 80 Km from Keurbooms River in the West to Eerste River in the East. To the West it forms a continuous range with the Outeniqua Mountains, North of George. To the North of the Tsitsikama Mountains you find the arid Little Karroo, quite different from the lush vegetation of the Garden Route to the South.
The highest peak in the range is Peak Formosa (1675 m). The Table Mountain Sandstone of which the mountain range consists, is highly resistant to erosion and makes for its impressive topography. Snow can occur on the mountain tops during winter. The climate is very mild with temperatures that vary between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius. This makes it most suitable for the indigenous fynbos and other forest habitats.
The Garden Route National Park that lies to the South of the range and stretches to the Indian Ocean is most popular with tourists, due to the beauty of the forests, the scenic variety and a large number of adventure activities that can be enjoyed.
The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .
This tour combines the scenic Route 62 and Garden Route. Get close to ostriches and elephants, tour the Cango Caves, do a sunset cruise on the Knysna Estuary, an ocean cruise at Plettenberg Bay in search of dolphins, seals and whales, visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storm's River Mouth.
Highlights: Oudtshoorn , Knysna , Cango Caves , Buffelsdrift Game Lodge , Knysna Estuary , Plettenberg Bay , Tsitsikamma , Storm’s River Mouth , Storm's River Mouth suspension bridge .
The Garden Route is a tourism paradise combining excellent infrastructure with scenic natural attractions. It comprises the narrow coastal belt on South Africa's south coast, stretching from the Tsitsikamma Forest in the east ±200 km to Mossel Bay in the west. It is named after the region's lush vegetation and mountainous scenery.
The Tsitsikamma National Park is a section of the broader Garden Route National Park, a coastal Nature Reserve that stretches eastwards for 80 kilometers from Natures valley. It is known for its indigenous forests, mountains and rugged coastline. The Park offers a number of accommodation facilities, walking trails and a diversity of adventure activities.
Storms River Mouth is the main camp within the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. This section comprises a coastal stretch roughly 5 mm wide. It includes the Tsitsikamma rain forest that drops down to the rugged coastline with a marine conservation region of approximately 80 km.