Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape
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 Tsitsikamma region 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.
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.
Popular Towns in the Tsitsikamma Region
Stay? Accommodation in Bluelilliesbush
Bluelilliesbush is a small area that is perched along the renowned Garden Route of South Africa. Specifically, it is located in Tsitsikamma, which is part of the Western Cape Province and is known for its stunning greenery and the prolific...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Eersterivier
Easily confused with the other Eersterivier, which lies between Cape Town and the Cape Winelands close to Somerset West, the little holiday village of Eersterivier lies virtually unknown on the rocky coastline of the Tsitsikamma on the country’s...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Joubertina
Set in amongst other villages with similarly lyrical names, like Musgund, Louterwater and Kareedouw, on Route 62, Joubertina is a little town in the Eastern Cape that, until the establishment of the famous and very long wine route, suffered...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Kareedouw
Kareedouw is a pretty rural town, most of its roads still dirt, that provides easy access to an enviable outdoor lifestyle that incudes the Suurveld, Kouga and Baviaanskloof Wilderness area as well as canoe trips along the Kouga River. You come...
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Stay? Accommodation in Natures Valley
Possibly the best part about staying in Nature’s Valley is that, despite its being on the Garden Route and in spite of its overwhelming beauty, it has managed to remain relatively ‘undiscovered’. The peaceful valley, some 29 kilometres from...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Storms River
This is a key attraction for tourists from all over the world that want to experience the adventure sports and natural splendor of this South African water feature. It makes its way through the magnificent, verdant forests that characterise...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Twee Riviere
Twee Riviere is a stone's throw from Joubertina and takes its name from the two rivers that rise in the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the south and flow through town. The community is one of the oldest in the valley. The earliest records of the...
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