Tsitsikamma National Park
Known as 'the place of clear water', Tsitsikamma National Park protects fragile marine reefs and tidal pools as well as ancient forests and a variety of wildlife. Vigilant nature lovers will find rich rewards, from mammoth Humpback whales to tiny dark-footed forest shrews in this lush, forested park.
Tsitsikamma lives up to its name of the Eden of the Garden Route, boasting 49 species of mammal and a wide variety of shoreline and forest birds. If you're into birds then head for Nature’s Valley. Track cool, mossy streams through rain forests filled with ferns and protected Outeniqua yellowwood trees in search of blue duikers, Knysna turacos (loerie), elusive Narina trogons, African crowned eagles and African wood owls.
Snorkel ithe park's fascinating inter-tidal reefs crowded with fish, perhaps with a Cape clawless otter for company; and watch schools of dolphins and porpoises from the steep cliffs. Follow its unspoiled shoreline from Storms River mouth, seeing endangered African black oystercatchers on the strenuous Otter Trail; while 4x4 vehicles discover the secrets of mountainous Soetkraal, deep in Tsitsikamma’s spectacular wilds.