Place of Abundant Waters
The 'Garden of the Garden Route' welcomes you to the area the ancient San people called the 'place of sparkling waters'. Here the high mountains, deep gorges and rugged coastline are covered with tall indigenous forests and vast, unspoilt stands of the Cape's unique fynbos. and this is truly a place of abundant waters, with rivers and cascades tumbling to an ocean lined with rocky crags and white, sandy beaches.
Beautiful indigenous forest, protected by the State, is home to ancient trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi and many others. Over time, rivers have cut awesome gorges through the coustal plateau as they flow down to the spectacular coastline. With all these natural gifts and a mild cilimate throughout the year, it's natural that the Tsitsikamma should offer loads of adventure opportunities for everyone.
The Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa's pioneering marine reserve, protects the dramatically beautiful coastline, which encompasses fynbos and forestlands as well as the delicate and unusual marine environment of the Tsitsikamma shore.
Adventure seekers will revel in the diverse range of activities. Storms River Village is the hub of adventure tours. Here you can choose from dozens of options that range from laid back and lazy to extreme and exciting. Explore the indigenous forests from high on a Tree Top Canopy Tour or take the more sedate route with a tractor trailer ride on a Woodcutter's Journey. Take a guided walk or a challenging mountain bike ride in the forests or try your hand at bass and fly fishing.
For the true adrenaline junkie, the Bloukrans Bungy offers the highest commercial bungy jump in the world (at more than 200 meter free fall) or you can marvel at the engineering brilliance of the Bloukrans Bridge and the sheer beauty on a guided bridge walking tour. The bridge over the 216m deep Bloukrans Gorge is the highest bridge in Africa. Here you will also find the Tsitsikamma Khousan Cultural Village.
If only passing through on the N2 make sure you take a moment to stop at the bridge over Storms River for magnificent views up and down the gorge. Even better, head fo the Storms River Mouth entrance to the Tsitsikamma National Park, where a number of short walking trails, one with a wonderfully wobbly suspension bridge, give you superb experiences of forest and coast. Or, if you choose to just relax it is easy to unwind for a day or two in the supremely tranquil and pristine wonderland of forest, mountain and sea.