Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape

Tsitsikamma Region Attractions and Places of Special Interest in the Tsitsikamma Region of the Eastern Cape
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Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape

Storms River in the Tsitsikamma Region
Storms River in the Tsitsikamma Region

Once you've booked your hotel or Tsitsikamma accommodation explore our destination pages below for info on attractions and what to do in the Tsitsikamma Region.

The incredibly beautiful area of land that lies between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the sea stretches west to the Bloukrans River and east to Eerste River, and is named after the San word that means ‘place of abundant water’. The area is like a treasure trove; a crypt overflowing with protected indigenous forest that bears ancient trees like yellowwood, hard pear, stinkwood, and ironwood; fynbos covered landscape and the appearance of entrancing animals and birds, like the shy Knysna loerie.

Described as the ‘garden of the garden route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Far from being a garden, the Tsitsikamma is a place where magic and the ancient have merged to create a fairytale.

View point at Tsitsikamma National Park
View point at Tsitsikamma National Park
The Tsitsikamma forest is a huge protected conservation area that supports an incredibly diverse ecosystem. This isn’t any forest. It is eons old and trees tower above one as one walks in the immediate cool and shade their protective cover creates; the floor of the forest an intricate trail of ferns, moss and fragile fungi.

But it is the waters contained in rivers that have carved their way through mountains to create spectacular gorges that have earned the area its unusual name. From these trickle streams that wend their way through vegetation, complete with crystal clear pools that glisten over river pebbles. 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 suspension bridge that spans the mouth and offers visitors incredible views.

Additional Reading:
For more info about Tsitsikamma see our articles on the SA Travel News Blog:
Hiking Trails in the Tsitsikamma
Things to Do in the Tsitsikamma Forest
Things for Nature Lovers to Do in the Tsitsikamma
Ziplining over the Tsitsikamma Waterfalls
Keeping busy in the Tsitsikamma
Blackwater tubing on Storms River


Destinations / Town & Suburbs of Tsitsikamma


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Joubertina

Joubertina (pronounced Djou-ber-tina) lies nestled in amongst the Kouga, Baviaanskloof and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges, with accommodation provided mostly on nearby farms. Whilst the surrounds are gorgeous, the little town ... Joubertina information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kareedouw

Kareedouw is a gorgeous little town that lies on Route 62 just behind the Tsitsikamma National Park, between Joubertina and Humansdorp, and nestled up against the Suuranys Mountains roughly 120 kilometres from Port Elizabeth... Kareedouw information

Storms River

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Storms River

The Storms River, just one of a number of rivers in this region, originates in the Tsitsikamma Mountains and makes its way through forests thick with ancient Yellowwood, Hard Pear Trees and distinctive Cape ... storms river information

Natures Valley

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Natures Valley

The peaceful valley, some 29 kilometres from Plettenberg Bay, lies virtually in the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest, the site of monkey ropes, old man’s beard dangling from trees, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by mountains ... natures valley information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Eersterivier

This part of the world is remote and beautiful, despite being only an hour’s drive from Plettenberg Bay. Eersterivier is no doubt named after the Eerste River (first river), which borders the Tsitsikamma to the east, and is ... eersterivier information


Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Tsitsikamma

Bloukrans River Bridge Bungee

Bungi jump the highest commercial bungi jump in the world! The Bloukrans Bungi Jump surpasses the position previously held by the Victoria Falls as the 'highest bungi in the world". The Bloukrans bridge is 216 m high, the jump is approximately 160 metres. You jump from the arch support of the bridge. A unique ... more information

Bloukrans Pass

Bloukrans River Bridge, just beyond Nature's Valley in the Western Cape, is famous for its bungi jump, reputed to be the highest commercial bungi in the world at 216 metres. But the Bloukrans Pass is one of several passes found in the Tsitsikamma. These passes are part of the old route ... more information

Formosa Nature Reserve

Just north of Nature's Valley, between the towns of Kareedouw and Misgund, the Formosa Nature Reserve lies inland of what is arguably the most beautiful stretch of coastline in the country - the Garden Route. The Formosa Nature Reserve probably got its title from Bartholomew Dias, as early as 1488, when ... more information

Langkloof Valley

Part of the Cape Fold Belt, the Langkloof Mountains are a short range of mountains that serve as a link between the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua Mountains. In the valley below is an area that stretches for some 160 kilometres that is ideal for growing fruit, particularly apples and pears, but there are other varieties as well ... more information

Tsitsikamma National Park

The Tsitsikamma National Park is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of much water". The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and... more information

Birds of Eden Bird Sanctuary

The world’s largest single span aviary, just a few kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route, where birds are free to fly free provides an incredible experience for those who visit, and a wonderful way of life for over 2000 previously caged birds.The completely unique venture of Birds of Eden is... more information

Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

Head off towards Nature’s Valley from Plettenberg Bay on the N2 and Keurbooms River Nature Valley lies roughly 8 km along the major route of the N2. The beautiful Keurbooms River nature reserve that stretches over a distance of 2500 hectares, is bisected by the Keurbooms River and overlooks the estuary... more information


Featured Things To Do in Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

Where: Storms River
How much (per person): R201 to R500

'Me Tarzan, you Jane.' Swing from the treetops across the forest canopy of the place named by the ancient San, Tsitsikamma (place of abundan ... more information

Woodcutters Journey

Where: Storms River
How much (per person): R101 to R200

A specially designed off road vehicle in camouflaged green with a yellow canopy leads you to the resting spot of historic wagons that once t ... more information


Holiday Accommodation in Tsitsikamma

For accommodation in Tsitsikamma see:
Eersterivier accommodationJoubertina accommodationKareedouw accommodation
Natures Valley accommodationStorms River accommodation

Or to see all accommodation in this region at once, visit Tsitsikamma accommodation.

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