Tsitsikamma National Park  

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Temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea and ancient river carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines

This "place of much water" is the Tsitsikamma National Park. The heartland of the park stretches some 5 km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter-tidal life, reef and deep sea fish. 

Dolphins frolic in the breakers, surfing and playing for the sheer joy of life, and the gentle giant of the ocean, the southern right whale visits here, coming inshore to breed.

 

How to get there

The park is situated some 615km from Cape Town, 195 km from Port Elizabeth and 68 km from Plettenberg Bay. The access route from the N2 highway and all internal roads are tarred.

Car hire is available at Plettenberg Bay, which is also the nearest airport (Limited scheduled flights). Airports also at George and Port Elizabeth.

GPS Waypoints:

Storms River
Nature's Valley
S 34 01' 18.8
S 33 58' 19.0
E 23 53' 47.9
E 23 33' 48.2

 

Gate hours

07:00 - 19:00
Visitors with reserved accommodation who arrive after 18:00 may collect the keys to their accommodation at the entrance gate.


Accommodation

Storms River Mouth Restcamp

All accommodation is serviced daily and provided with bedding, towels and soap.

  • Forest Huts communal facilities (2 beds)
  • Forest Cabins (a.k.a. Dolphin Cabins) self equipped units (2 beds)
  • Chalets self equipped detached 1 bedroom with (2 single beds and either single bed or double sleeper couch in lounge)
  • Family chalets larger version of above (2 bedrooms, 2 single beds each)
  • Oceannettes self equipped detached units on the ocean edge (3 or 4 beds )
  • Cottages self equipped free standing units (3 beds)
  • Family Cottages larger version of above (4 beds) - 2 bedrooms
  • Honeymoon Cottages (double bed)

Camping all with communal ablution, laundry and washing up facilities.  A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one autovilla or motorised caravan will be permitted per site.

  • Caravan only sites with power point and view
  • Caravan only sites with power point and no view
  • Tent only site with no power point but with a view
  • Camping sites (caravan or tent)

Nature's Valley Restcamp - 40 km west of Storms River at Nature's Valley.

Camping

All with communal ablutions with electricity, laundry and washing up facilities.  A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one autovilla or motorised caravan will be permitted per site.

All accommodation is serviced daily and provided with bedding, towels and soap.

  • Two-bed forest huts with communal ablution facilities.
  • Each hut is fitted with a standard three point electric plug.
  • Camping (tent or caravan) without power

 

Activities

Recreational activities and adventures (Otter Trail Start; Abseiling; Paddle-skiing; Scuba-diving; Hiking Tsitsikamma coast; Snorkelling; Boat rides up the Storms River; Canoeing).

Storms River Mouth Restcamp

  • The Otter Trail, 42 km long, 5 days and 4 nights
  • Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail, 2-6 day, with optional equipment porterage
  • Spirit of Tsitsikamma boat ride up the Stormsriver gorge
  • Several nature trails (1-3 hours)
  • Dolphin trail - semi-luxury hiking trail, a joint initiative with private parties adjacent the park
  • Snorkelling (guided & unguided)
  • SCUBA diving
  • Bathing at a small beach, and swimming pool (for resident guests only).
  • All angling in the Tsitsikamma National Park is prohibited
  • Guided outings (Eco-guides from local communities)
  • Evening film shows during peak periods (holiday programme during school holidays)
  • Activities for school groups

Nature's Valley Restcamp

  • A network of 6 nature trails (2-6 hours - Bird watching)
  • Board sailing, rowing, sailing and canoeing on the river. No powerboats
  • Bathing at Nature's Valley beach (2 km from restcamp)

Tsitsikamma region activities
There are many activities in the vicinity of the park, for which staying in the park is an excellent base. The following are some that SANParks recommends.

  • Abseiling & climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Tractor-trailer rides
  • 4x4 trails
  • Tree top tours
  • Kloofing
  • Bungee jumping - world's highest

Facilities

  • Shop where souvenirs and basic commodities may be purchased, a la carte restaurant, also serving light refreshments, laundromat and ironing room (flat-irons not supplied) and information centre at Storms River Mouth Restcamp.
  • The restaurant is operated by Tigers Eye (+27 (0)42 281 1190).
  • Fuel is available at Storms River Bridge (±25 km from Storms River Rest Camp in Tsitsikamma) and at Nature's Valley (adjacent Nature's Valley Restcamp).

Conferences

  • Full conference equipment and catering service at Storms River Mouth Restcamp. (+27 (0)12 426 5025)

Climate

A temperate coastal climate with an annual rainfall of 1 200 mm. The wettest months are May and October, and the driest are June and July.

 

 

NATIONAL PARKS

Addo Elephant
Augrabies
Bontebok
Golden Gate
Karoo
Kgalagadi
Knysna & Wilderness
Kruger National
Mapungubwe
Marakele
Mountain Zebra
Richtersveld
Table Mountain
Tsitsikamma
Vaalbos
West Coast

 

Tsitsikamma National PARK

How to get there
Gate Hours
Accommodation
Camping
Activities
Facilities
Climate


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