2016-09-01 06:00

Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region, which sits on a 200m high plateau stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to the Tsitsikamma River in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.

The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating specta-cular waterfalls and deep kloofs (ravines). The water in the rivers is a characteristic dark brown, due to its high tannin content leached from the surrounding vegetation.

A mild all year round climate allows one to make the most of all the outdoor activities that are on offer, while a high rainfall in excess of 1 200mm per year ensures the lushness of vegetation that the area is renowned for.

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