Experience Tsitsikamma first-hand

2015-12-17 06:00
: Luuise Hepburn-Brown at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure.  PHotos: SUPPLIED

: Luuise Hepburn-Brown at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure. PHotos: SUPPLIED

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SUBMERGE yourself in the Tsitsikamma forest and experience an Africa that you may never have known existed. With a profusion of plant life and abundant water as well as scenic and adventure outings, this forest is a living splendour that has to be visited and experienced to be believed.

Tsitsikamma has the longest slide in South Africa, it is 211m and 50m above ground zero.

The Tsitsikamma forest is home to plenty of adventurous activities from the world’s highest commercial bun-gee jump at Bloukrans Bridge, the Storms River Adventure centre and the Tsitsikamma canopy tour, to the Tsitsikamma Waterfall Zipline adventure, scuba diving sites and the Woodcutters’ Journey. There are also many lovely hiking trails, of which the Otter Trail and Dolphin Trails are the most famous.

Nature-based activities abound and there is abundant bird life. The coastline is home to a very delicately balanced marine eco-system and some of the finest whale and dolphin viewing sites.

The Tsitsikamma region of the western Cape stretches from the Bloukrans river in the west, to Eerste Rivier to the east and on the north from the Tsitsikamma mountains to the Indian ocean in the south.

The Tsitsikamma National Park forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park. The area is covered by large areas of indigenous forest as well as commercial plantations and fynbos. There are also many rivers in the area, which have carved deep gorges as they wind their way from the plateau to the sea. The climate is mild all year round making this a great destination with many adventure activities on offer.

This the largest marine reserve in South Africa as well as being home to an indigenous rain forest that harbours 116 types of giant tree including the giant Outenique yellowwood trees. There is a special walk to the biggest of the these - The Big Tree - which is a yellowwood giant estimated to be approximately 800 years old. It stands 36.6m-high and has a circumference of almost nine metres.

With activities, shops, accommodation and tour operators all easily to hand, it’s easy to have a go at all sorts of adventure activities, while experiencing the incredible beauty of the Tsitsikamma forest first-hand.

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