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Where the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound rocky shores, where temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet, where ancient rivers carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines.
This, "the place of much water", is the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. The heartland of the park stretches some 5km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish.
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5 Things to seek
- Dolphins and porpoises – keeping vigil on the ocean will produce sightings of schools of dolphins and porpoises frolicking in the waves.
- African Black Oystercatcher – this red data species is one of South Africa’s most threatened bird species. Several pairs nest along the park’s rocky coastline.
- Knysna Lourie – these beautiful birds with a gruff call are common in the forest.
- Cape Clawless Otter – the source of the name of the Otter Trail, this shy and elusive species hunts crabs along the park’s coastline and rivers alike.
- Blue Duiker – this miniature antelope is found in the forests.
All accommodation is serviced daily and provided with bedding, towels and soap.
- Forest Huts – communal facilities (2 beds)
- Forest Cabins (a.k.a. Dolphin Cabins) – self equipped units 2 beds)
- Chalets – self equipped detached open plan units (2 single beds and either bunk beds, bed in lounge or double sleeper couch)
- Oceanettes – self equipped detached units on the ocean edge (3 or 4 beds)
- Cottages – self equipped free standing units (3 beds)
- Family Cottages – larger version of above (4 beds) - 2 bedrooms
- Honeymoon Cottages (double bed)
All with communal ablution, laundry and washing up facilities. A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one autovilla or motorised caravan will be permitted per site.
- Caravan only sites with power point and view
- Caravan only sites with power point and no view
- Tent only site with no power point but with a view
- Camping sites (caravan or tent)
- Camping (tent or caravan) without power
To view the accommodation prices, refer to Tariffs
Activities & Facilities
Most of these activities are safe enough to undertake unguided.
For a small fee, groups of more than ten people can book a guide to accompany them and discover more about the history and ecology of the area.
- All activities are dependent on favourable weather conditions.
- For more information or directions, visit the Information desk, Enviro Centre or Reception at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
- The park has a joint initiative it runs with private parties from on the park’s periphery. The result is a semi-luxury hiking trail known as the Dolphin Trail.
- Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail: Two - six day hiking trail (with optional equipment porterage): journey through forest, fynbos and many rivers in the spectacular Tsitsikamma mountains.
- "Spirit of Tsitsikamma" boat rides
- The Otter Trail, 42km long, 5 days and 4 nights: (www.footprint.co.za); Check Availability.
- Several nature trails (1-3 hours)
- Dolphin Trail – a joint initiative with private parties adjacent the park
- Marine and River Activities
- Bathing at a small beach, and swimming pool (for resident guests only).
- All angling in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park is prohibited.
- Guided outings (Eco-guides from local communities).
- Holiday programme during school holidays.
- Activities for School Groups.
There are many activities in the area of the park, for which staying in the park is an excellent base. The following are some that SANParks recommends.
- Abseiling & climbing
- Hiking (www.footprint.co.za)
- Mountain biking
- Tractor-trailer rides
- Tree top tours
- Bungee Jumping – worlds highest
- Shop where souvenirs and basic commodities may be purchased, a la carte restaurant, also serving light refreshments, laundromat and ironing room (flat-irons not supplied) and information desk at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
- No ATM facility available
- Cattle Baron operates Tsitsikamma Restaurant.
- Fuel is available at Storms River Bridge (±25km from Storms River Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section)) and at Nature's Valley (adjacent Nature's Valley Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section)).
- Full conference equipment and catering service at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
- Reservations: tel +27 12 426-5025 and fax +27 12 343-2005/6
How to get there
The Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park is situated some 615km from Cape Town, 195km from Port Elizabeth and 68km from Plettenberg Bay.
The access route from the N2 highway and all internal roads are tarred. Car hire is available at Plettenberg Bay, which is also the nearest airport (limited scheduled flights). Airports are also found in George and Port Elizabeth.
- Gate opening 06:00 and closing times 22:00 due to restaurant service.
- Security service, starting 18:00 - leaving 07:00 in the morning.
- Late arrivals (after 18:00) may collect keys at the entrance gate.Overnight guests arriving after 18:00 should call the camp on (042) 2811 607 - key(s) may be picked up at the gate with the security service.
- Day visitors allowed until 21:30.
- S 34 01’ 18.8”
E 23 53’ 47.9”
Map of Tsitsikamma
Map of the Otter Trail (pdf 2mb)
- General Tariffs Information
- 2014/2015 Tariffs
- Pensioners' Discount
- Members of SANParks’ loyalty programme WILD do not pay conservation fees provided that proof of Identity and their WILD card are shown on arrival.
- Cost of a Wild Card
- Activity tariffs
- View accommodation pictures and availability for Garden Route National Park
Daily Conservation fees for 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015
|South African Citizens and Residents (with ID)||R42 per adult, per day
R21 per child, per day
|SADC Nationals (with passport)||R84 per adult, per day
R42 per child, per day
|Standard Conservation Fee||R168 per adult, per day
R84 per child, per day
A temperate coastal climate with an annual rainfall of 1 200mm. The wettest months are May and October, and the driest are June and July.
Day visitors are welcome subject to the payment of a nominal daily conservation fee.
No firearms are allowed.
Visitors should remain in their vehicles and are serviced through their vehicle window.
- Office hours: 07:30 – 18:00
- Gate opening and closing times: 06:00 – 19:30
- Security service 19:00 – 07:00
- Visitors with reserved accommodation who arrive after 18:00 may collect their keys to their accommodation at the entrance gate.
- Check-in: 14:00
- Check-out: 10:00
Tips & Hints:
- Nearest garage or vehicle repairs at Witelsbos – 30km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
- Medical/hospital and pharmaceutical facilities at Kareedouw – 55km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
- As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
- Post Office and police services at Storms River village – 13km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section) (a post box is available at the rest camp).
- This is a multi-dimensional marine/forest national park. Remember to bring the following: bathing suit, hat, binoculars, sun block, walking shoes, bird and mammal reference books, snorkelling equipment.
- Vehicle fuel is available in all parks (or is available on the park periphery) - South African legislation stipulates that fuel stations will accept legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.
- Scuba divers must present valid certificate and supply own equipment. SCUBA refill facilities are available at Storms River Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
- The swimming pool at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section) is reserved for resident guests only.
- Roller blades and skateboards are prohibited.
- Pets are not allowed in a national park.
- No bait, shells, driftwood or any other organism, living or dead, may be removed from the Garden Route National Park.
For enquiries e-mail email@example.com or phone us on the following numbers:
- Tel +27 (0) 42 281 1607
- Fax +27 (0) 42 281 1843
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