The Tsitsikamma National Park, found 9km west of the Storms River Bridge off the N2 highway on the Garden Route in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa, is well known and well loved for its lush indigenous forest, spectacular coastline, and the ever-popular (and challenging) Otter Trail. This absolutely amazing coastal reserve was South Africa's first marine national park.
'Tsitsikamma', a Khoisan phrase meaning 'place of abundant water' is a very apt name for the area and the park. But, besides, the plentiful water in the region, the Tsitsikamma National Park is also home to one of the most magnificent indigenous forests in the world - a forest populated with grand old towering Yellowwoods and Stinkwoods and many other magnificent trees, with fabulous fynbos providing stunning colour to this forested wonderland. With so much striking flora around, it is no surprise that the park is also home to a wealth of wonderful birdlife.
Covering an 80km stretch of gorgeous coastline and extending more than 5km out to sea, some of the highlights of the area include Nature's Valley at the western end of the reserve, the warm and welcoming lodgings at the Storms River Mouth, and the nearby Bloukrans Bridge which, at 216m, is the world’s highest bungee jump. A protected conservation area containing wonderful gorges, icy rock pools, cascading waterfalls, and, of course, the Indian Ocean, the park is an adventurous tourist’s paradise. The world-renowned Otter Trail and the snorkelling and scuba trails are to die for, with sightings of blue duikers, bush bucks, Cape clawless otters, black oystercatchers, Knysna louries, dolphins, and whales around (almost) every corner. There are also interesting indoor and outdoor exhibitions that portray and display the biological diversity of the park.
On the 6th of March 2009, the Tsitsikamma National Park, the Wilderness National Park, the Knysna National Lake Area, and various other areas of state-owned land were amalgamated to form the Garden Route National Park.
Tsitsikamma National Park Physical Address
Stretching along the coastline from Natures Valley, Western Cape to Eersterivierstrand, Eastern Cape
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