Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life. This one of the largest single unit " no take " ( including fishing ) Marine Protected Area ( MPA ) in the world, conserving 11 % of South Africa´s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline and provides a " labratory " for fisheries baseline research on endangered line fish species. It was proclaimed in 1964 as the first Marine National Park in Africa.


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Tsitsikamma National Park

...place of much water
Where the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound rocky shores, where temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet, where ancient rivers carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines. This, "the place of much water", is the Tsitsikamma National Park. The heartland of the park stretches some 5 km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish.

Dolphins frolic in the breakers, surfing and playing for the sheer joy of life, and the gentle giant of the ocean, the southern right whale visits here, coming inshore to breed.

Special features
Dolphines and porpoises, African Black Oystercatcher, Knysna Lourie, cape Clawless Otter, Blue Duiker.

Wildlife; Killer Whale, Leopard, Afican Wild cat, African Weasel.
Birds; Kelp Gulls, African Black,Oystercatchers, Red-eyed Dove.

Plants / Trees; Fynbos, Outeniqua Yellow-Wood.

Activities
Most of the activities are safe  enough to undertake unguided. For a small fee, small groups can book a guide to accompany them and discover more about the area.
The Otter trail, The Dolphine trail, Soft Nature trail, Tree Top canopy tours, Absailing, 4 x 4 trails, Boat ride, Swimming pool for overnight visitors in Storms River Mouth, Bungee Jumping, Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, Snorkling.

How to get there
The park is situated about 615 km from Cape Town with its international airport and car rental services, Port Elisabeth and Plettenberg Bay, 195 km and 68 km from the park / respectively, have airports and car rantal services. All the roads in the park are tarred and well maintained. 

Accommodation
All accommodation is serviced daily and provided with bedding, towels and soap.

Nature Valley Rest Camp
Is perfect for hikers, backpackers and campers. These 2 bed forest huts with communal ablution and standard three point electric plug facilities offer the visitor that peaceful, tranquil or adventurous getaway.
Storms River Mouth Rest Camp
Consists of Forest Huts, Forest Cabin, Chalets, Oceanettes, Cottages, Family Cootages and Honeymoon Cottages, Self-equipped with a minimum of 2 beds per unit. camping sites all have 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 auto villa or motorised caravan will be permitted per site.

The above presentation of the park, is a contribution from © SANParks.org 2004-2009.