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Posted on: Thursday, 31 January 2013

Things For Nature-Lovers To Do in Tsitsikamma

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Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden

Tsitsikamma is the area once inhabited by the San people and, later, by forest folk who lived off the abundance of the forests. Today, it remains a natural paradise, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists to its unique loveliness. This natural beauty is most appreciated by visitors who love the outdoors and the fauna and flora to be found within their natural habitat.

The entire Tsitsikamma region is prolific in fascinating species and breath-taking sights. Here are some of the nearby not-to-be-missed highlights for nature-lovers from around the world:

Birds of Eden and Monkeyland

These two facilities are a firm favourite amongst tourists and locals. As the only formal Fair Trade Tourism-approved facilities in the region, both Monkeyland and Birds of Eden have as their focus the well-being of the animals. Each facility can be visited independently of one another, or a combined ticket can be purchased for a tour of both (in which case a discounted entrance fee applies).

Tenikwa Wildlife Centre

Tenikwa Wildlife Centre

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Wild cats are the order of the day at Tenikwa, which provides a sneak peek into the characteristics and habits of captive-bred cats in an environment similar to that in which they would be found in the wild. Leopards, cheetahs, servals and caracals are all showcased, and visitors are even given the opportunity to interact and walk with various individuals.

The Elephant Sanctuary

This sanctuary accommodates young elephants that are in need of a home before they are able to be released into the wild. Visitors can touch and interact with these African giants and The Elephant Sanctuary conducts a number of educational programmes aimed at informing youngsters about elephants for their future safety.

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

The Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary provides a safe home for some of the world’s most impressive snake species. A one-hour tour includes an indigenous snake pit, an impressive exhibit of the venomous boomslang, an enclosure with prehensile-looking monitor lizards, a giant python room and an array of exotic snakes. Lawnwood is sensitive to those who are afraid of snakes, allowing them to appreciate their beauty and size without feeling threatened in any way.

Tsitsikamma National Park

The Tsitsikamma National Park is a SANParks initiative that comprises 80 kilometres of coastline, remote valleys, towering mountain ranges and some of the most beautiful vegetation in the region, including the famous Fynbos. It is a Marine Protected Area, thus combining marine animals (such as whales, dolphins, cormorants and a plethora of fish species) with an array of bird species, mammals and reptiles. The beautiful Outeniqua Yellowwood also thrives within this national park.

While you’re visiting all of these awesome attractions you’ll want somewhere lovely to rest your head at the end of the night so book your Tsitsikamma Hotel today.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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1 comment about Things For Nature-Lovers To Do in Tsitsikamma
  1. February 6th, 2013 at 15:46
    Liz Louw says:

    Have visited all these facilities and we send all our guests to Prospect Cottage , Knysna to visit each and every one . Each so different, each so special.