Tsitsikamma National Park meaning, ‘Place of abundant sparkling Water’ by the Khoi, is situated along the beautiful Garden Route.
The area is like a treasure trove; overflowing with protected indigenous forest that showcases ancient trees like yellowwood, hard pear, stinkwood, ironwood and spectacular landscape covered with fynbos. Far from being a garden, the Tsitsikamma is a place where magic and the ancient history is combined to create a fairytale experience enjoyed by all.
The Tsitsikamma forest is a huge protected conservation area that supports an enormously diverse ecosystem. The trees create a tower above you as you walk through the shaded protective area while the floor of the forest offers intricate trails of ferns, moss and fragile fungi.
The sparkling waters contained in rivers have carved their way through mountains to create spectacular gorges and valleys that have earned this area its unusual yet ideal name. The deep gorges widen as the rivers make their way to the sea through a series of kloofs and waterfalls. Storms River mouth is one of the most magnificent of these, complete with a suspension bridge that spans the mouth and offers visitors incredible views.
There are a number of hiking trails and walks through the Tsitsikamma Forest. These vary in length and difficulty, but are all quite manageable. The Ratel Walk shows off the incredible Outeniqua Yellowwood that is believed to be almost 1 000 years old.
The Segway experience is an eco-tour that involves travelling the area on a safe, easy-to-master scooter like transporter. This personal transporter consists of a standing platform with two wheels and a steering column in the front. So, visitors see the forest standing upright, but without having to walk at all. The tours go through the Storms River Village, wind along the forest paths and over the Witteklip Bridge.
Get a different perspective of the forest by experiencing it from the deep red-brown waters of the Storms River. Tubing through the gorge, the lush forested mountains meet the clear blue sky above, as the Fish Eagle soars overhead. This tour can take up to five hours, depending on the size of the group.
There is no better way to experience the Tsitsikamma Forest than from the ziplines that carry you over it at canopy height. Soar from tree to tree up to 30 metres in the air, all while learning more about the fauna and flora from the experienced and knowledgeable guides.
This tour of the forest is conducted in a large, comfortable, open-sided truck that enables maximum visibility as it negotiates forest trails. It follows the path of the elephants that once occupied these forests. The entire tour takes between 2.5 and three hours and is suitable for the elderly.
Experience the forest trails from the elevated back of a horse. These animals are so familiar with the forest that they negotiate tricky paths with ease and allow you to enjoy the surrounding scenery with confidence. The horses are tame enough not to require that visitors have any prior training on horses.
In 2003 Bloukrans Bungy Bridge was recognised as the world’s highest commercial bungy bridge. Here, you will be secured in a full body harness as you make your way 216 metres up to the arch of the Bloukrans Bridge. You will then be given final instructions by highly experienced staff; a countdown will start and off you go plummeting 216metres down. Bloukrans utilizes pendulum bungy technology ensuring you the smoothest, most comfortable bungy jump possible.