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SSouth Africa’s forests take many forms, although they make up a small number of the ecosystems in the country. A large portion of South Africa's forests are renowned for their incredible biodiversity and beauty, with special emphasis on unique flora and abundant birdlife.
The magic of South Africa's forests finds its essence and heart in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. Here you’ll find rocky cliffs dropping to the Indian Ocean, and a narrow band of giant evergreen yellowwood, mountain cypresses, wild pears, stinkwood, Cape chestnuts and the unmistakable ironwood trees.
What happens below is as special—a world of ferns, lilies, witch hazel and the pale, velvet-soft, fragrant Boesmans Kooi. It is a nature lover's dream! South African forest conservation was one of the very first environmental efforts in this country, and once you visit one, you will come to see why.
MMany forests of South Africa are confined to the coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape, although hundreds of smaller forests are tucked into the valleys and gorges of mighty mountain ranges as hidden gems.
KwaZulu-Natal’s Dlinza Forest boasts an aerial boardwalk, where you have canopy-level access to its gloriously rich birdlife, or you could visit Ndumo Game Reserve to appreciate its unique and rare fever forest.