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WELCOME TO TSITSIKAMMA

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When I first started to plan my trip through South Africa and read about Tsitsikamma, I knew it was a place for me. It is a heaven for those who love the ocean, long walks and/or hikes, campling and nature.

Let me now tell you more about this magnificent place, so if you desire a visit, you would know what is waiting for you..

* It is situated in the Southern Cape, on the Garden Route. It is 615km from Cape Town, 195km from Port Elizabeth, and 68km from Plettenberg Bay.

* It was designated in 1964; it extends along a coastline of around 70km and streches seawards for some five kilometers.

* The word "Tsitsikamma" comes from the Hottentot words of 'tse-tsesa' (meaning clear) and ' gami' (meaning water). It is possible that the name refers to the clear water in the Tsitsikamma River.

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* Two of the South Africa's most popular hikes lie in Tsitsikamma - Otter Trail (41km or 25 miles) and Tsitsikamma Trail (60 km or 37 miles). Otter Trail was South Africa's first official trail and it stretches from the mouth of the Storm's River to the beach of Natur's Valley.

* The park is open from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm for day visitors, but you can also arrange an overnight stay (a variety of options is available). Entrance fee from adults is around R20. If you plan on going for Otter Trail, you need a permit (book in advance), which will cost you R400. Tsitsikamma Trail will set you back R200.

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How do you like this picture? When I first saw these pocket-like formations, I had to take a closer look to figure out what they were.. After some observing, I came to beleive that these pocket-like formations are creations of spiders -very fascinating! Do keep your eyes open when you hike in Tsitsikamma to witness this, too!

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful scenery, great hiking and camping
  • Cons:Didn't find any
  • In a nutshell:Heaven for hiking and capming lovers!
  • Last visit to Tsitsikamma Nasionale Park: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 29, 2006
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    Nice photo's, and what a great spot for a campground!

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:27 AM

    Great photos! The walk to Storms River Mouth isn't too hard at all - I did it I'm really not fit at all!!! The views from there are great! Gillybob greetings

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2007 at 6:31 AM

    great pics from one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2007 at 8:30 AM

    You did some lovely hikes! The view from the Mouth Trail is indeed magnificent! Ah, the dolphins... I wish I would see some. They are one of the sweetest living cratures :)

  • Nobbe's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Never heard of this place before, but it sure looks like a beauty! Stunning!!

  • johanl's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2005 at 8:19 AM

    great pictures. WE had lots or frain when we visited, but it was fun too.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2005 at 10:53 AM

    3600 people does sound like a rather lot to fit onto that bridge:-) Glorious shots of a beautiful place.

  • nichole_521's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 11:27 AM

    I have not heard of Tsitsikamma Nasionale Park before looking at your pages. Did you see many animals?

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2004 at 7:31 AM

    Where were the other animals? :)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2004 at 11:56 AM

    I just love the ocean.........anywhere! Great pics very refreshing Greetings from Scotland

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