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Vital Information

Operating hours and Gate Times

  • Gate opening is 07:00 and closing times 18:00
  • Security service, starting 18:00 – leaving 07:00 in the morning
  • Late arrivals (after 18:00) may collect keys at the entrance gate with Security
  • Day visitors allowed until 21:30

What To Bring/Pack

  • Remember to bring along a bathing suit, angling equipment, hat, sun block, walking shoes, binoculars, bird and mammal reference books. Hikers must always carry sufficient water.
  • For summer (September – March), cool comfortable clothing is recommended along with sunhats and sun protection cream.
    For winter and autumn (April – August), warm clothing is recommended for the night times.
  • As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
  • Bring along binoculars, camera, walking shoes and wildlife reference books.

Tips & Hints

  • Pets are not allowed in a national park.
  • 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.
  • Medical/hospital and pharmaceutical facilities at Kareedouw – 55km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
  • Post Office and police services at Storms River village – 13km from Storms River Mouth Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma Section (a post box is available at the rest camp).
  • Roller blades and skateboards are prohibited.
  • No bait, shells, driftwood or any other organism, living or dead, may be removed from the Garden Route National Park.
  • Powerboats are not permitted on the river at Nature’s Valley.
  • No immunisations are needed for travel to this park. The park is situated in a malaria-free area.
  • Please see detailed Tips & Hints at the various camp pages.

Climate

  • Nature has blessed the Garden Route National Park (Tsitsikamma, Knysna and Wilderness Sections) with a pleasant, temperate climate; it is unique in Africa as the only area in which rainfall occurs throughout the year.
  • And, to cap it all, most of our rain falls at night! It's the ideal climate for a visit - at any time of the year!

Day Visitors

The park is ideal for day visitors with various picnic sites at the rest camp and at the lagoon.

Fuel Stations: Petrol/ Diesel

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.

Park Regulations

  • To ensure a safe and joyful trip through our parks, kindly adhere to the Rules and Regulations as stipulated by South African National Parks.
  • The use of drones inside (and over) our national parks is strictly prohibited.

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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.