Tsitsikamma National Park
Travel to Tsitsikamma National Park – Spectacular Coastal Scenery and Marine Life
The Tsitsikamma National Park is an 80 kilometre coastal reserve located on the Garden Route between Nature’s Valley and the mouth of the Storms River. The park is famous for indigenous forests, dramatic coastline and the Otter Trail. Tsitsikamma National Park is also home to spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges that lead down to the sea.
Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan (early inhabitants of the area) word meaning “place of much water.” The Tsitsikamma area has a long history of marine and forest utilisation and most of the local communities relied mostly on these two ecosystems for their survival. It also incorporates various cultural heritage sites ranging from Khoisan sites such as caves, shell middens and rock art to more recent cultural historic sites such as the ruins of small fisher settlements, remnants of the past forestry industries and grave sites.
In Tsitsikamma National Park it is possible to spot dolphins, porpoises, African black oystercatchers, Knysna louries, Cape clawless otters and blue duiker. However, it may be the bigger mammals that you’ll find most impressive such as wild cats, baboons, leopards and both killer and humpback whales.
There are many activities that you can enjoy within the park. You can participate in abseiling, climbing, hiking, tree top tours and even bungee jumping at the world’s highest bridge (Broukrans bridge). Or perhaps take an eco friendly boat cruise up the Storms River Gorge.
The hikes in the park include the 42km otter trail and the 20km dolphin trail.
Relax at the onsite swimming pool and beach before heading to the bars and restaurants and then camping for the night for an unforgettable experience like no other.
- Spot majestic killer and humpback whales.
- Hike amidst spectacular coastal scenery.
- Experience the thrill of bungee jumping, abseiling and rock climbing.