Tsitsikamma Garden Route

Home to the famous Otter Trail, Tsitsikamma is heaven for hikers and outdoor adventurers. Watch for the whales that frequent the rocky coastline and wait for the ultimate wave, or wander through the indigenous forest and scane for birds. The suspension bridge across the Storms River offers breathtaking views of the coast.

Kayaking in a river gorge is reverential – the damp, grey Table Mountain sandstone walls rising like those of a place of prayer, silence prevailing.

– Melissa Siebert, Wild 22

Main attractions

  • Spending time in the water: swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving
  • Walks along the coast or through the forest


  • Boat rides
  • Kayaking and lilo adventure
  • Short and long day hikes
  • Multi-day hikes (including slackpacking)
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing

Top sightings: Cape clawless otter, dolphins, blue duiker

Accommodation: Camping, chalets, forest huts and cabins, family and honeymoon cottages

Gate times: 06:00 – 19:30

Nearest centre: Plettenberg Bay is 68km away (just under an hour’s drive).

Contact park: +27 (0)42 281 1607

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Visit the home page of Garden Route National Park’s Tsitsikamma Section.

Packing list – Sponsored

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