Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamm Forest along the N2.
Bloukrans Bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest walkway at the Big Tree

Tsitsikamma is in the Cacadu District of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Understand

The Tsitsikamma forms part of the Cacadu District of the Eastern Cape and is branded as one of the Cacadu District's seven wonders due to its beauty. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water". The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest and Fynbos with deep river gorges that cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs.

A must see is the Tsitsikamma National Park with its abundance of birds and wildlife, and the chance to watch whales and dolphins play along the rugged untouched coastline or explore the Khoisan rock art and enjoy many walking and hiking trails. From treetop canopy tours, white water tubing to experiencing a 7 second free fall from the world’s highest commercial bungee jump location, Tsitsikamma is an action packed destination for the adventurous. Alternatively, you could take a walk on the wild side in the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest - home to the giant Outeniqua Yellowwood - or simply relax and unwind in a completely serene wonderland of forest, mountain & sea.

Get in

By plane

There are two airports located in close proximity to Tsitsikamma. The closest is in George, 144km away while the Port Elizabeth airport is 182km from Tsitsikamma. There are regular flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and other South African airports to George and Port Elizabeth.

By car

Tsitsikamma is easily accessible by motorways from Cape Town (579km), Bloemfontein (781km) and East London (460km). Of course, you can also drive from Johannesburg (1217km). The road conditions are fairly good if you are coming from any of these cities.

By bus

All major South African coach companies offer regular schedules to and from destinations like Tsitsikamma. It is also on the Baz Bus route.

See

Do

Amidst the tranquility there is still room for adventure. Tsitsikamma offers everything from hiking trails to quad-biking, to 4x4 routes, canoeing, white water tubing, treetop canopy tours, bird watching and abseiling in the Kouga Mountains. Scenic helicopter flights from Storms River Bridge and a leap from the world’s highest commercial bungy jump are strongly recommended.

Eat

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under R500
Mid-range R500 to R1000
Splurge Over R1000

Most of the available accommodation is in Storms River, they appear to be more affordable.

Budget

Mid range

Splurge

Outside the Tsitsikamma on the Route 62

Connect

For general enquiries please make use of the following directory numbers:

Go next

The Tsitsikamma forms part of the Garden Route and is located in close proximity to other smaller seaside villages such as Eersterivier. The Baviaanskloof is also close to Tsitsikamma.

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