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Tsitsikamma National Park

Picturesque valleys, beaches and mountains, diverse wildlife and adventure sports make this one of the Eastern Cape’s most appealing national parks.

The magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park is spread over valleys, rugged mountains and a sweeping coastline. Hike through the scenic landscapes, explore the coursing Storms River and try extreme sports. Tsitsikamma National Park is part of the Garden Route National Park and stretches approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) along South Africa’s southern coast. 

The park is ideal for discovering the Eastern Cape’s lush wilderness. Explore Tsitsikamma National Park’s network of excellent hiking trails. Traverse the multi-day Otter Trail, which follows the coastline between Storms River Mouth and Nature’s Valley. Hike through native fynbo forests and watch waves crash against the rocky shore. Shorter hikes include the Blue Duiker Trail and Waterfall Trail. 

Visit the rest camp at Storms River Mouth to take part in water-based activities such as boat cruises and kayaking tours. Go snorkeling in the rock pools. Enjoy sweeping views from the Storms River Suspension Bridge. Spot a range of different bird species, as well as dolphins and whales migrating between June and December. Travel high up in the treetops on a zip-line tour or visit viewpoints on a rented mountain bike. 

Find more opportunities for adventure at Nature’s Valley, on the park’s westernmost edge. Paddle a canoe along the Groot River to discover a pristine gold-sandy beach. Follow walking trails across hills clad in evergreen forests. Admire the architecture of the nearby Bloukrans Bridge. Brave the bungee jump off this 709-feet (216-meter) tall bridge to experience one of the world’s highest bungee jumps. 

Tsitsikamma National Park sits on the western edge of the Eastern Cape, about a 1-hour drive from Plettenberg Bay and 90 minutes from Jeffrey’s Bay. A good way to visit the park is via rented car. Well-maintained roads lead to observation decks and designated picnic areas.  

An admission fee is payable when entering the rest camps at Storms River Mouth and Nature’s Valley. Both camps offer accommodation in the form of camping grounds, cabins and lodges. The park benefits from consistently mild temperatures with rain common throughout the year. Rain generally falls at night, leaving the days clear for outdoor adventures.

Popular Activities at Tsitsikamma National Park

Like to make your time spent at Tsitsikamma National Park even more unforgettable? Remember to try out some of these things to do:

Your next big adventure is right in front of you! You might like to try a Discover nature at its purest on the Woodcutters Journey or a 6 Day Garden Route & Addo Adventure Tour from Cape Town.

Check out our Storms River things to do page to discover even more activities while you're here.


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Tsitsikamma Village Inn $74
Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019
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Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Darnell Street, Storms River, Eastern Cape
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    We stayed in the barn room and it was really nice. The air-conditioning worked well. We actually used it to heat the room because it was a bit chilly. The bed was very comfortable and the place is beautifully kept. Not least the robot grass cutter! They were really nice to let us stay an extra hour ...

    Tsitsikamma Manor $68
    Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019
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    Tsitsikamma Manor

    Tsitsikamma Manor

    74 Protea Street, Storms River, Eastern Cape
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Only stayed overnight but staff lovely and situated in a very interesting place.

      Tube n Axe
      Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018
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      Tube n Axe

      Tube n Axe

      Cnr Saffron and Darnell Streets, Storms River, Eastern Cape
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Friendly staff, manager is very grumpy and unfriendly. Apart from that, we enjoyed our stay, ladies at reception (Autherdine and Meli) had been very pleasant and eager to assist. On the tubing, it needs to specify alot of hand paddling, aswell as walking over rocks and hiking. All of us in our group ...

        Misty Mountain Reserve $171
        Reviewed on Feb 7, 2018
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        Misty Mountain Reserve

        Misty Mountain Reserve

        Farm 438, Tsitsikamma, Storms River, Eastern Cape
           
          3.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          A beautiful tent which was furnished to very high standards a real flavour of africa

          Andelomi Forest Lodge $67
          Reviewed on Dec 3, 2018
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          Andelomi Forest Lodge

          Andelomi Forest Lodge

          31 Formosa Street, Storms River, Eastern Cape
             
            3.9 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Absolutely lovely experience. Beautiful location in the storms river village with clean rustic furnished rooms. Alex was a super star - well informed, provided us with ample information and very friendly. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for good location with fabulous service ...

            The Village Lodge $67
            Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019
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            The Village Lodge

            The Village Lodge

            40 Darnell Street, Storms River, Eastern Cape
               
              4.5 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Easy check in, very helpful staff. Right in the middle of town with a brewery and 80s diner directly opposite. Breakfast was also lovely!

              Andelomi Nature's Rest $61
              Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019
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              Andelomi Nature's Rest

              Andelomi Nature's Rest

              31 Formosa Street, Stormsriver Village, Storms River, Eastern Cape
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Very friendly and helpful front desk staff. Parking near the rooms was awkward as the bays were full. Clean and nicely decorate rooms. Breakfast was good.

                At the Woods Guest House $79
                Reviewed on Apr 15, 2018
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                At the Woods Guest House

                At the Woods Guest House

                43 Formosa Street, Storms River, Eastern Cape
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Right in the middle of Storms River, surrounded by the national forest, this is a perfect base for whatever level of adventure you have in mind. The room was basic, but clean, spacious and with some nice touches to make it homey. Plus a nice patio to relax at the end of the day. Breakfast was ...