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Tsitsikamma

The Tsitsikamma National Park is a section of the broader Garden Route National Park, a coastal Nature Reserve that stretches eastwards for 80 km from Natures Valley. It is known for its indigenous forests, mountains and rugged coastline.

The name Tsitsikamma is derived from the indigenous khoi language. "Tse-tsetsa" means “clear” and "gami" means “water”, probably named after the Tsitsikamma River.

The Tsitsikamma National Park offers the tourist a huge variety of experiences. Apart from the sheer beauty of the forests, the mountains and the coast, there are a variety of attractions to visit. The Tsitsikamma includes a number of rivers that run in deep gorges and are spanned by impressive bridges. The most famous is the Bloukrans River Bridge that houses the highest bungy jump site in the world.

A visit to the Big Tree is recommended. A lovely forest walk takes you to this magnificent Yellow wood tree that is estimated to be more than 800 years old.

The main camp of the Tsitsikamma National Park is at Storms River Mouth. Apart from a choice of accommodation options, the beauty of this rugged coast can be enjoyed from the open deck of the restaurant, or on one of the many walking trails.

Tours that include Tsitsikamma

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

Hole-in-the-Wall

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.

Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .

View from the Outeniqua Pass

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R1,380 single supplement (±US$ 101 )
R11,185 per person sharing (±US$ 820 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


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 .

Storms River Mouth

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R11,185 per person sharing (±US$ 820 )
R1,380 single supplement (±US$ 101 )

Valid dates: Dec 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour combines the scenic Garden Route and Route 62. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storm’s River Mouth, do an ocean cruise at Plettenberg Bay in search of dolphins, seals and whales, a sunset cruise on the Knysna Estuary, tour the Cango Caves and get close to ostriches and elephants.

Highlights: Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna Estuary , Plettenberg Bay , Robberg and Robberg Nature Reserve , Outeniqua Pass , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Route 62 , Cango Caves , Buffelsdrift Game Lodge .

Tsitsikamma attractions

On of three pedestrian suspension bridges at Storms River Mouth on South Africa's Garden Route.

Garden Route

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 Storms River Gorge, just above the river mouth, with the Parksboard inflatable moored to the left bank.

Storm’s River Mouth

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.

'The Big Tree' in the Tsitsikamma Forest, not far from Storms River Village.

The Big Tree (Tsitsikamma)

The Big Tree in the Tsitsikamma Forest can be reached from the N2 where it passes through the Tsitsikamma forest, near the Paul Sauer Bridge. It is clearly signposted with parking space. A 10 minute walk through the forest will bring you to this magnificent specimen.