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The Tsitsikamma Forest, stretching east along the coast from Plettenberg Bay, is an area of great natural attraction and has a range of activities to suit all tastes.

Spectacular scenery

The Tsitsikamma Forest, South AfricaThickly forested hillsides are cleaved by deep canyons that carve through cliffs at the shore, their dark waters merging with frothy ocean swells. Dizzying bridges cross these canyons, some of which are modern road bridges — spectacular pieces of architecture in their own right — some rope suspension bridges atmospherically slung near the water for walkers.

Apart from jumping off these bridges and splashing your way up or down the rivers in a variety of vessels, there are also hiking trails through the woods.

Wildlife sanctuaries

In a small cluster in the west of the forest are three fantastic eco-ventures: an elephant sanctuary, Monkeyland (a huge reserve for primates released from captivity), and the Birds of Eden (an enormous dome housing a swathe of rainforest and all manner of African birds).

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Suggested itineraries featuring Tsitsikamma Forest

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    Ideas for experiencing Tsitsikamma Forest

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Tsitsikamma Forest, and which use the best local guides.

    • Tsitsikamma Forest Trip
      The Tsitsikamma Forest, South Africa

      Tsitsikamma Forest Trip

      Tsitsikamma Forest Trip

      At the eastern end of the Garden Route, and easily accessible from any of the Garden Route destinations, is the Tsitsikamma Forest, a dense cloak of deep green that coats the mountains.

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    • Active Storms River & Tsitsikamma Forest
      The Tsitsikamma Forest, South Africa

      Active Storms River & Tsitsikamma Forest

      Active Storms River & Tsitsikamma Forest

      Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, where with a guide, you will experience a sea kayak trip on the open ocean to the Storms River mouth and onward, passing under its photogenic suspension bridge. The upper reaches of the river gorge are explored by lilo, which are better able to navigate the shallower waters.

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