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Water Activities

Wilderness Section


Rent a canoe and slowly paddle up the Touw River, passing dense indigenous forests with sightings of the Half-collared Kingfisher, Fish eagles and the illustrious crimsons, greens and hues of blues of the Knysna Turaco. Alternatively select the route that takes you up the Serpentine River arriving at Island Lake for an afternoon lunch on the water or dock and enjoy the braai facilities available there.

Swartvlei is also a water body for an early morning canoe trip around the northern part of the lake.

Touw Estuary

Enjoy a lovely day basking in the sun, where the river meets the ocean. Be spoilt with choice of swimming in the estuary or the sea.

Knysna Lakes Section

Knysna Estuary

Enjoy boating trips and indulge in world class cuisine after a fun filled day of adventure in nature’s playground.


Kayaks can now be hired directly from the SANParks Thesen Island office: +27 (0)44 302 5600.

Tsitsikamma Section

River Tubing

This gorge adventure includes tubing down the storms river, swimming, rock jumping and hiking through the Storms river gorge. These activities take place every day , in all weather conditions, but the most favoured time for water based activities is from September to April. Depending on the water level of the river, this tubing adventure may range from a kloofing experience to white water tubing. Tubing starts at 07:00 with orientation and finishes at 12:00 .Lunch is served at 13:00.


Canoeing is also an exciting activity whereby you go out on a boat and you paddle using the small paddles. It starts from the camping site up to the swimming area where the river meets the sea in Natures valley.

Kayaking and Lilo adventure in Tsitsikamma

If you crave adventure and the thrill of exploring what the great outdoors have to offer, then Storms River Mouth is waiting to send you on a ride of your life. Kayak across the ocean, then end up the glorious Storms River and finally end off on the lilo's where you can relax and marvel at the wonders of nature. From deep caves to tranquil pools and spectacular cliffs, anything is possible. Experience nature and adventure at its best.
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Snorkelling in Storms River Mouth

Imagine moving across the ocean surface, marvelling at the spectacular underwater world from above! Chase the fish over the reefs, spot rays on the bed of the ocean and get away from the rush of the world by experiencing a day under the sea. This kind of splendour is truly possible and an ideal adventure for the whole family.

Scuba diving in Storms River Mouth

Anyone with an inquiring mind and love of the water will find Tsitsikamma a true underwater treasure just waiting to be explored! The Storms River is a marine protected area filled with an abundance of marine life. No matter what your experience level, newbie or pro, you can choose between shore entries or boat dives. We stock all the equipment you need. We do various courses from a one (1) day Discovery course to Dive master courses.

Boat Cruises

The 30 min trip up the Storms River gives visitors the opportunity to view the gorge firsthand and to marvel at one of nature's many wonders. Huge caverns are interspersed on either side of the river, some which extend upwards for 20 meters providing a habitat for rare bat species. Awesome cliff faces extend above the boat and block out the sunlight as one proceeds silently through the "black water". Contact SANParks directly for information on the boat rides.


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Did You Know?

  • The Wilderness section of the GRNP has a Ramsar site (wetland of global significance). It has the potential to conserve whole ecosystems from catchments to sea.