Tsitsikamma National Park
Tsitsikamma National Park information
This park protects 80km of coast between Plettenberg Bay and Humansdorp, including a Marine Protected Area 5km out to sea.
At the foot of the Tsitsikamma (meaning ‘place of much water’) Range, the park is cut by rivers that carved deep ravines into the forests. The flora vary from huge stinkwood and yellowwood trees to ferns, lilies, orchids and coastal and mountain fynbos (fine bush), including proteas. It offers spectacular walking.
Elusive Cape clawless otters, after which the Otter Trail is named, inhabit this park; there are also baboons, monkeys and small antelopes. Birdlife is plentiful, including endangered African black oystercatchers.
Several day walks give you a taste of the coastline if you don’t have time to tackle the longer hikes such as the Otter Trail. The waterfall circuit (four hours) on the first part of the Otter Trail is recommended. The suspension bridge over the river mouth was closed at the time of our visit due to fire damage, but should be open by the time you read this.