A dense luxuriant indigenous forest with rugged ravines, waterfalls and delightful sandy coves.


To the east of Plettenberg Bay lies the Tsitsikamma National Park. A dense luxuriant indigenous forest, with rugged ravines, streams and waterfalls, as well as delightful sandy coves. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region, which sits on a 200m high plateau stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to the Tsitsikamma River in the east. It is bordered by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and by the Indian Ocean. This undoubtedly superb area of primeval rain-forest and wild coastline is incredibly beautiful.

We have divided it into two areas – Firstly, The Crags near Plettenberg Bay (20km from Plett) and secondly The Tsitsikamma National Park area which is further (50-60 mins drive from Plettenberg Bay).

The Crags

We could have included this area with Plettenberg, because it is only 20km away. But it is a great area to base yourselves, as you can easily reach Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and the Tsitsikamma from here.

Greater diuble collared sunbird in Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

The Tsitsikamma coastal park stretching for 75 km along the southern Cape coast. It comprises a wild, unspoilt and rugged stretch of dense indigenous forest. There are numerous walks and trails through the park. An example is the pretty boardwalk to the suspension bridge over the Storms River.


Why you may love it

  • Monkeyland – you see many rare monkey species from the majestic Black lemurs of Madagascar to delightful Squirrel Monkeys, all in an open forest environment.
  • Birds of Eden – a giant walk-through bird aviary set in the indigenous forest.
  • Tenikwa Wildlife sanctuary.
  • Bramon Wine Estate offers wine-tasting and a delightful country restaurant (local cheeses, oysters, homemade bread and mezze platters).
  • Plett Puzzle Park is a great day out for the family, especially on an off weather day.
  • Walking trails of varying lengths through the Tsitsikamma wild forest flora.
  • Dolphin Trail – 3 night/3 day guided ‘slackpacking’ walking trail.
  • Tsitsikamma Treetop canopy tour – glide along in a harness on steel cables 30m above the forest floor.
  • Bungy jumping at Bloukrans bridge – the world’s highest commercial bungy jump (216m).
  • Storms River Adventures is the home of adventure tours – choose from the world’s longest bungee-jump, treetop canopy tours, kloofing…
  • The Elephant Sanctuary specialises in up close and personal educational tours.

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