The Tsitsikamma Forest, Garden Route, Western Cape
Did you know?
Tsitsikamma has the longest slide in South Africa, it is 211m and 50m above ground zero.
The Tsitsikamma forest is home to plenty of adventurous activities from the world's highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge, the Storms River Adventure centre and the Tsitsikamma canopy tour, to the Tsitsikamma Waterfall Zipline adventure, scuba diving sites and the Woodcutters' Journey. There are also many lovely hiking trails, of which the Otter Trail and Dolphin Trails are the most famous.
Nature-based activities abound and there is abundant bird life. The coastline is home to a very delicately balanced marine eco-system and some of the finest whale and dolphin viewing sites.
The Tsitsikamma region of the western Cape stretches from the Bloukrans river in the west, to Eerste Rivier to the east and on the north from the Tsitsikamma mountains to the Indian ocean in the south.
The Tsitsikamma National Park forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park. The area is covered by large areas of indigenous forest as well as commercial plantations and fynbos. There are also many rivers in the area, which have carved deep gorges as they wind their way from the plateau to the sea. The climate is mild all year round making this a great destination with many adventure activities on offer.
This the largest marine reserve in South Africa as well as being home to an indigenous rain forest that harbours 116 types of giant tree including the giant Outenique yellowwood trees. There is a special walk to the biggest of the these − The Big Tree − which is a yellowwood giant estimated to be approximately 800 years old. It stands 36.6m-high and has a circumference of almost nine metres.
With activities, shops, accommodation and tour operators all easily to hand, it's easy to have a go at all sorts of adventure activities, while experiencing the incredible beauty of the Tsitsikamma forest first-hand.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tsitsikamma National Park
Tel: +27 (0)42 281 1607
How to get here
The Tsitsikamma forest is easily accessible by road from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth
Best time to visit
The Tsitsikamma forest can be visited all year round.
Around the area
Storms River Bridge Bloukrans Bungee Jump. Hike the the Otter Trail if you're very fit, or the less strenuous Dolphin Trail.
Tours to do
The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters' Journey.
On foot, or by vehicle, or take one of the available guided tours.
Length of stay
Plan to stay at least two nights, more if possible.
Where to stay
There is a range of accommodation available in the Tsitsikamma area, including the 49 charming free-standing cottages at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn.
What to eat
The nearby Storms River Village has a range of eateries
Consult the Tsitsikamma website for updates for local events and special occasions