How to visit Tsitsikamma national park
- Tsitsikamma national park is part of the garden route national park located in the western and eastern Cape provinces in South Africa. This park is one of the most underrated destinations in South Africa yet it has a lot to offer tucked between the sea, mountains, and temperate forests. Tsitsikamma has two sections: Storms River Mouth rest camp and Nature's Valley rest camp.
- Storms River Mouth rest camp is where the Indian Ocean meets the high temperate forests. The marine park here is a great place for dolphin and whale watching, bird watching, and sea sports. One of Tsitsikamma's most famous trails, the otter trail is also located here.
- The natures valley rest camp is located along the Groot River. It's a hiker's paradise with a variety of trails to choose from.
How to get to Tsitsikamma national park
- You can easily get to Tsitsikamma from one of these three towns; Plettenberg Bay, George, or Port Elizabeth. Plettenberg Bay has the nearest airport if you are visiting Tsitsikamma park (68km away). For other parts of the Garden route for example Kynsa area and the Wilderness area, the George airport is the nearest.
- Car hire and taxi are available from Plettenberg Bay airport.
- Plettenberg has limited scheduled flights, most people who visit the Garden route get in via Port Elizabeth (195km away). Follow the N2 highway from either Plettenberg Bay or Port Elizabeth. The exit to Tsitsikamma national park is 5km west of Storms River. See directions here.
- Alternatively, catch a bus to Total petrol port, this is the nearest bus stop to both sections of Tsitsikamma and is along the highway. You'll have to hitchhike from here. Storm River Mouth entrance is 15 km while Nature's valley entrance is 55km away.