If you’re looking for the complete coastal forest experience, Tsitsikamma, in the Eastern Cape has to be on the top of your list. Walk through the ancient forest, chill on the beaches, kayak up rivers and hike some of the most famous trails South Africa has to offer.

The Tsitsikamma National Park forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park. The area is covered by large areas of forest as well as commercial plantations and fynbos. There are also many rivers in the area that have carved deep gorges into the mountains as they wind their way from the plateau to the sea. With a pleasant climate all year round, this is the perfect place to get your adventure on.

Why not leap off the world's highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge? Or take an idyllic kayak up the Storms River? How about a bird’s-eye view of the forest with a canopy tour? Or a breathtaking hike along the Otter Trail or Dolphin Trail? Why not do it all?

If you love nature, the coast and all that goes with it, then you’ll love Tsitsikamma. With an abundance of bird and marine life (not to mention the cheeky Cape otter), you can really get in touch with nature.

The Tsitsikamma region of the Western Cape stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, and from the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south.

It’s also the largest marine reserve in South Africa and is home to an ancient indigenous rain forest with 116 types of massive trees, including the giant Outeniqua yellowwood tree. There is a great walk that leads to a very special yellowwood called “The Big Tree”. This wooden giant is estimated to be over 800 years old, stands 36.6m high and has a circumference of almost nine metres, it’s not called “The Big Tree” for nothing.

With activities, shops, accommodation and tour operators all readily available, there’s no excuse not to have a go at one of the many, exhilirating and breathtaking adventures on offer.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Tsitsikamma National Park
Tel: +27 42 281 1607

How to get here

The Tsitsikamma Forest is easily accessible by road from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.

Best time to visit

The Tsitsikamma Forest can be visited all year round.

Around the area

Storms River; Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump; hike the Otter Trail if you're very fit, or the less strenuous Dolphin Trail.

Tours to do

The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters' Journey.

How to get around

On foot, or by vehicle, or take one of the available guided tours.

Length of stay

Plan to stay at least two nights, more if possible.

Where to stay

There is a range of accommodation available in the Tsitsikamma area, including the 49 charming freestanding cottages at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn.

What to eat

The nearby Storms River Village has a range of eateries.

What's happening

Consult the Tsitsikamma website for updates on local events and special occasions.