Tsitsikamma National Park

suspension bridge distanceSea and Forest

Waves River mouthTsitsikamma forms part of the Garden Route National Park which runs along some of the most beautiful coastline in the country. Bordered on one side by lush, fertile forest and on the other by the ever changing face of the ocean, this park is undoubtedly one of the loveliest to walk through.

There are several hikes of differing length and difficulty and it’s here that the very popular 5-day Otter Trail begins.

It is also home to Storms River Mouth where the Indian Ocean pounds the rocks and the dolphins play. If you’re lucky enough you might also spot Southern Right whales in season.

There are lovely log cabins to stay in, right on the rocks, or small campsites around the park. There is also a restaurant, small beach and swimming pool (for residents).

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Tsitsikama challet1To stay:

Storms River Mouth rest camp – offering different types of self-catering accommodation to suit your requirements. The cottages set on the rocks, a stone’s throw from the sea, are especially worth booking into!

To eat:

Cattle Baron – situated at the end of the park with fabulous views overlooking the ocean. Good food in a great location. Open 7 days a week until 9pm.

To do:

As many hikes as you can! Walk the boardwalk from the car park and across the suspension bridge to Storms River Mouth. Fairly easy hike ending with steep steps .

bridge2Water activities – canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling are all on offer, depending on your quest for adventure!

The Sound of Music

All around is the sound of the ocean beating its non stop rhythm against the rocks. Take time out to sit and breathe the sea air while listening to the music of the sea.

This is a real “must visit” place if you’re staying anywhere along the Garden Route. Open for day visitors.

Look at the SANParks site for further info.

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