Classic Tsitsikamma

While the stormy seas and deep-green forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park have not changed much in its 50-year existence, nearly everything else has evolved for the betterment of man and the environment – far beyond the park’s official boundaries.

Tsitsikamma is an assault to the senses, in the most pleasant of ways. The crushing seas are loud; the herbaceous fragrance of fynbos mingles with fresh, salty sea breeze; the horizon stretches forever. Every now and then a whale pops out just behind the breakers. In the forest, everything is green, fine and pretty; it smells of wet leaves and soil and dew.

Proclaimed in 1964, Tsitsikamma is the oldest marine national park in Africa and has the largest single no-take area in South Africa. Originally called the Tsitsikamma Coastal and Forest National Parks, it initially comprised a long narrow coastal strip between two rivers called Groot (great). Over the years it has been extended with acquisition and long-term lease agreements, and now covers an area of 63 422 ha, including 34 300 ha that is a Marine Protected Area (MPA). It straddles the border between the Western and Eastern Cape.

Experience pure beauty, an unhindered and safe Tsitsikamma filled with adventure activities

Experience pure beauty, an unhindered and safe Tsitsikamma filled with adventure activities

In 2009 the park was amalgamated with other conservation spaces in the region and is now referred to as the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park.

The Tsitsikamma of today incorporates four sectors that include land from just east of Keurboomstrand, around Nature’s Valley Village, to Groot River (east) in the Eastern Cape. Inland it stretches deep into the Tsitsikamma Mountains, where the Soetkraal section extends along the length of the 40km mountain range, covering 24 392 ha of mostly untouched territory from behind Plettenberg Bay to just outside Kareedouw. Read more here

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