Things To Do in TsitsikammaThe Big Tree
Where? Tsitsikamma Forest (two kilometres east of the Storms River Bridge), Tsitsikamma
When? September to April from 08h00 to 18h00 May to August from 08h00 to 17h00
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
With a name that doesn’t leave much to the imagination, The Big Tree is exactly what it claims to be. This giant Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus Falcatus) is a magnificent part of creation, being some 1 000 years old and towering at an impressive height of 36.6 metres. The largest known Outeniqua Yellowwoods reached 45 metres in height. The trunk has a circumference of nearly nine metres and the canopy boasts a spread of 33 metres.
The Outeniqua Yellowwood favours mature forests (mountain or riverine) and provide edible fruits to bats and bushpigs. They are also home to a number of different bird species, which take advantage of the dense crown. The wood is used for furniture and building.
The walk to The Big Tree is a few hundred metres through the gorgeous forest, cooled by the lush canopy. It is a very easy walk, not requiring any significant level of fitness. The tree is surrounded by a wooden pathway so that you are able to examine it from every angle. There is plenty of parking available.
The entrance fee is R12 per adult and R8 for children between three and 12 years old.