This Park is positioned at the heart the Garden Route and found in the Southern East area of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning "place of much water." The heartland of the park stretches some 5 km to sea, protecting inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish. The Park has some 80 km of rugged coastline with spectacular sea views and scenic landscapes; this remote region is covered in mountain Fynbos such as Proteas and evergreen forest with rivers cutting deep into the stone to create some dramatic gorges, ravines and valleys.
The Park, which consists of coastline, mountains and forests, protects some of the unique plants found in the Garden Route. The mean annual rainfall is 1200 mm.
Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of marine life. This is one of the largest single units Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world, conserving 11 percent of South Africa’s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline. Almost one third of the park is covered in fynbos, scattered amongst the forest vegetation, boasting a wide variety of beautiful flowers, including Proteas. Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates various cultural heritage sites ranging from Khoisan cultural heritage sites such as caves and rock art to ruins of small fishing villages and past forestry sites. Dolphins cavort in the waves, and the giant of the oceans, the southern right whale visits the area in the breeding months of June - September. Activities which can be enjoyed in the Tsitsikamma area are; tree top tours, bungee jumping, mountain biking, 4x4 trails, Abseiling and climbing.
How to get there
The park (and Storms River restcamp) is situated 68 km from Plettenberg Bay towards Port Elizabeth. The access route is clearly signposted (about 6km before the Storms River Bridge) from the N2 highway.
Gate Hours - 05:30 – 21:30
Visitors with reserved accommodation who arrive after 18:00 may collect the keys to their accommodation at the entrance gate
1. Lily Pond Country Lodge is located 7 Minutes from Natures Valley beach. This lodge boasts activities such as; Horse riding, whale & dolphin watching, golf course and many others.
2. Nature's Valley Rest Camp is 40 km west of Storms River at Nature's Valley. The cottage is nestled between forest, ocean, and river lagoon, just 100 paces from the beach and 1800 metres from the lagoon. This self-catering house is fully equipped and is a convenient 200 metres from the village shop and restaurant.
3. Tsitsikamma Villa Inn is on the Garden Route. It has been re-constructed as a typical Cape Village of the past, and having old traditions of warmth and hospitality thriving side-by-side with all the comforts of the modern day.
4. Tsitsikamma Lodge is a haven of peace where a warm welcome and friendly service combine with nature provides a perfect break. There are also Cosy log cabins in beautiful garden setting with spectacular mountain/forest views.
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