The Tsitsikamma Region, 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".

Did you know? Once you've booked your hotel or Tsitsikamma accommodation, explore the town and destination pages below for info on attractions, activities and things to do when you explore this exquisite part of the South Africa coastline.

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.

Did you know? Second only in popularity to the Kruger, Tsitsikamma is 80 kilometres of coastline on the Garden Route. Its rainforest, milkwood and yellowwood trees, surging rivers, deep ravines, ferns, walking trails and Storm’s River Mouth with its two suspension bridges combine into one of the most magnificent places on Earth.

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.

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Destinations in the Tsitsikamma Region

Bluelilliesbush

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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 animal life tha...

Eersterivier

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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 famous Ga...

Joubertina

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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 little notorie...

Kareedouw

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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 is a pretty rura...

Natures Valley

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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 Plettenberg Ba...

Storms River

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Stay overnight on the Garden Route when you book accommodation in Storms River to experience the pristine beauty. Storms River is a scenic, powerful river that winds its way through the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range and into the Indian Ocean. This is a k...

Twee Riviere

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In the heart of the Cacadu district, where the 160 km long Langkloof narrows on its eastern edge, you will find the historical town of Twee Riviere. The Langkloof is the heart of the apple farming industry of the Eastern Cape; the sides of the road a b...

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