Tsitsikamma is an exquisite part of the Garden Route; a route that extends formally between Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. However, many understand the Garden Route to refer to the entire route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Tsitsikamma is a green haven of lush forests, rolling mountains and deep gorges that eventually lead to the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.
“Tsitsikamma” is a Khoi word, meaning “place of abundant water”, and its natural magnificence leaves us in no doubt as to the origins of its name.
This abundance combines with the Tsitsikamma’s prime positioning along the world-famous Garden Route – acclaimed as one of the planet’s most beautiful scenic routes. It hosts thousands of international tourists every year, and many more local travellers exploring South Africa. These ones delight in its splendour and in the unending variety of attractions and activities en route.
Keeping Busy in Tsitsikamma: Tsitsikamma, although being such a serene escape from city living, is actually the ideal destination for visitors wanting thrills and adventure in the heart of the Eastern Cape.
See the expanses of the Tsitsikamma forest from up to 30 metres in the air as you dangle securely from non-invasive harnesses. Landing platforms are attached to mammoth trees that have stood over this stunning forest for generations. These platforms are in place using a tension method that doesn’t damage the trees in any way.
Trained guides provide fascinating information as the tour progresses, and ensure that everyone is safe while having fun. Finish off your adventure with a light meal, refreshments, and a video of your experience.
Experience the knee-wobbling power of the rapids on one of the thrilling tubing packages. Choose a gentler exploration of the pools if you’re not up to quite as much adrenalin-inducing adventure.
Or, get really daring by opting for a no-holds-barred trip down the raging rapids of Storms River. All of the necessary equipment (helmets, life jackets, and so on) is provided, and visitors are only urged to wear comfy clothes, closed shoes and plenty of sunscreen. Some packages include meals and refreshments as part of their experience.
The Bloukrans Bridge currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the highest single span arch bridge in the world. It is also the world’s highest commercial bungee jump, at 216 metres.
In addition to bungee jumping, thrill-seekers can also walk on a suspended walkway beneath the bridge, or can go on the Flying Fox; a 200-metre long foefie slide extending from the arch of the bridge to the mountainside. This is a little tamer than the bungee jump, but is guaranteed to get the pulse racing.
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Other really fun activities in Tsitsikamma include cycling along the mountain paths or through the forests, hiking, horse riding, swimming and surfing.