Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa (with Map & Photos)

Tsitsikamma National Park is located in the heart of the picturesque region known as the Garden Route or Route of the garden in the southern part of South Africa and the United Cape Floral.

Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa

Tsitsikamma is a word of Khoisan origin that literally means "place where there is a lot of water" and to put it mildly: 80 km of rocky coastline, spectacular landscapes, a remote mountainous region and isolated valleys covered with fynbos, high temperate forests with deep gorges that flow into in the sea are the geographic characteristics of the park and numerous rivers.

It was in 1964 that Tsitsikamma Park became South Africa's first marine park with the aim of protecting the wonders of this region. At the same time, it became the world's first protected coastal area. But it is not only the maritime space that has been protected and here the sea and the forest are intimately linked.

Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa

At 70 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide, the Tsitsikamma National Park is one of the places that you cannot miss on the Garden Route in South Africa, which stands out for having an impressive stretch of coastline, in which you can make several trails, in addition the possibility of staying inside the park, in cabins with incredible views of the coast.

What to do in Tsitsikamma National Park


If there is something that you cannot miss in the Tsitsikamma National Park, it is its trails. Taking into account that we understand that you will be there for a full day or several hours, we recommend the following that we believe are the most representative as well as the most beautiful, at the landscape level.

Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa

  • Mouth Trail: This trail of no more than an hour, easy level, is the best known in Tsitsikamma since it is the one that includes the famous suspension bridges. The trail starts from Sandy Bay, right next to the restaurant, where you can leave your car in the free parking lot to start the journey through some wooden walkways that go into the forest and after several meters reach the suspension bridge of 77 meters across the Storms River.

Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa

  • Waterfall Trail: This trail of about 6 kilometers and approximately 3 hours is another of the best known walks in Tsitsikamma along the Mouth Trail. The path begins in the parking area, right next to the accommodation known as oceanettes, some wooden houses with views of the coast that are a real wonder and runs parallel to the coast, with incredible views, sometimes dotted by whales and dolphins that get very close and are a real treat for the eyes.

Tsitsikamma National Park Map