Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance Fee, Opening Times, Accommodation & Suspension Bridge

Tsitsikamma National Park is a protected area on the Garden Route, Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail. On 6 March 2009 it was amalgamated with the Wilderness National Park and various other areas of land to form the Garden Route National Park.

The park covers an 80 kilometres (50 miles) long stretch of coastline. Nature's Valley is at the western end of the park, and the main accommodation is at Storms River Mouth. Near the park is the Bloukrans Bridge, the world's highest bridge bungee jump at 216 metres.

The word "Tsitsikamma" hails from the Khoekhoe language tse-tsesa, meaning "clear", and gami, meaning "water", probably referring to the clear water of the Tsitsikamma River. Other meanings are 'place of much water' and 'waters begin'


Tsitsikamma National Park Storms River

Various amenities, including a restaurant, shop, chalets, camp site and caravan park, information centre, adventure bookings office, the Agulhas lookout platform, trees marked with their national tree list numbers and underwater trails. The restaurant was destroyed by fire in November 2016.

Nature's Valley Rest Camp
This camp is situated in De Vasselot on the banks of the Groot River, about 30 km from Plettenberg Bay and about 40 km from Storms River Rest Camp. It is an ideal region for bird watchers and has a variety of trails for hikers.

Camping at Storms River
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.
The Campsite is not suitable for Motorhomes, Roof-top Tents or Caravans. It is only appropriate for tents to be pitched on the timber decks.

  • 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

The suspension bridge that hangs over the red-brown waters of the Storms River Mouth spans 77 metres and remains one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Tsitsikamma region of the Eastern Cape. Situated within the Tsitsikamma National Park, it was originally built in 1969, but has since been rebuilt by San-Parks to ensure its stability and safety. It hangs just seven metres above the churning waters of the river as it enters the foamy Indian Ocean.

The pathway leading to the suspension bridge covers 900 metres of the Tsitsikamma forest. There are plenty of steps to negotiate, but it remains a fairly easy route, particularly if covered slowly. The walk is well worth the magnificent views. Birds accompany walkers along the way and there are a number of lookout point and places to have a seat and rest, while enjoying the vistas of the turquoise ocean.


Tsitsikamma National Park Accommodation

Tsitsikamma Lodge
Located close to Tsitsikamma National Park, accommodation is in a variety of cosy log cabins. The Garden Cabins are perfect for families as they have an upstairs loft with 2 twin beds for children as well as a double bed and a single bed downstairs. The Gardenette Cabins have a double bed to accommodation a couple, while the Luxury Cabins have a double bed in the loft and a single bed downstairs. There is also a romantic Honeymoon Cabin.

Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Tsitsikamma Village Inn is close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth. Accommodation is in individually decorated free-standing colourful colonial style cottages each with their own charming garden. The cottages have been designed to resemble a typical Cape Village of the past. Room facilities include air-con, television, coffee/tea facilities, electrical blanket, en-suite bathroom and either double or twin beds.

About Tsitsikamma Backpackers
Based in Stormsriver Village we offer a relaxed home away from home atmosphere... arrive as a guest and leave as a friend. We have a range of good accommodation from lovely tented units on platforms, private rooms with en suite and shared bathrooms as well as dorm rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Daily breakfast and dinner is served and we have vegetarian friendly options. Our bar and entertainment area is the perfect place to sit back and relax after an adventure filled day!

Boutique Vintage Forest Cabin
Their vintage forest cabin is perched above our pristine mountain stream set amidst a highly diverse indigenous botanical forest wetland. The cabin is entirely private with a large deck and extensive views of both of our mountain peaks.

Hand built by the owner over a period of two years, with hardwood floors throughout, hand waxed with beeswax polish from our own hives on the property. All wooden touch surfaces made of our own properties oak timber finished with 100% natural Tung oil.

Guests enjoy their own private access along with their secluded forest path, numerous fruit trees abound with pears, apples, granadillas, figs, kumquat and bananas. The garden is entirely organic planted with raspberries, asparagus and lots of lettuce and a variety of salads leaves.

Visitors on a Tsitsikamma National Park holiday can enjoy many outdoor activities in this multi-dimensional Marine and Nature Park surrounded by spectacular scenery.

The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park is home to the world famous Otter Trail and many more hiking routes. Other Tsitsikamma National Park activities include diving, snorkelling, river adventures, whale watching, kayaking and tubing.


Tsitsikamma National Park Activities

    Hiking
    Scuba-diving and snorkelling
    Inter-tidal excursions
    Kayaking and tubing
    The Otter Trail
    Dolphin Trail
    Tsitsikamma Trail
    Several nature trails (1-3 hours)
    ”Spirit of Tsitsikamma” boat rides
    Marine and River Activities
    Bathing at a small beach, and swimming pool
    Guided outings (Eco-Guides from local communities)
    Activities for School Groups
    Holiday programme during school holidays

Activities offered by operators in the area
    Kloofing
    Abseiling and climbing
    Mountain biking
    Tree top tours
    Tractor-trailer rides
    Bungee Jumping – world's highest
    Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary


Tsitsikamma National Park Gate Times

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.

- Check-in - 14:00
- Check-out - 10:00

Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance Fees

Tsitsikamma National Park Map

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