Tsitsikamma, a nature lover’s paradise, is a kaleidoscope of scenic, natural beauty, spectacular seascapes, rugged mountains with remote valleys, ancient deep unfathomable forests, sparkling lakes, and rivers the colour of amber.

To the Khoisan the forest was known as ‘Sietsiekamma’ meaning “place of clear water”. Wild flowers (well over 2 000 varieties) grow in profusion. Khoisan rock paintings, depicting their way of life so long ago, can be found hidden on the rock faces waiting for some present day explorer to discover. There is also an amazing diversity of plant life. Fynbos alone boasts somewhere in the region of 8 600 species with around 5 800 being endemic.

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Suggested Activities En-Route

Harkerville Farmer's Market

Hog Hollow Horse Trails

The Links St Francis Bay

Health and Beauty

Suggested Restaurants En-Route

The Lookout Deck

The Surf Café

St Francis Brewing Co & Grill House

Christy's Catch

Suggested Accommodation En-Route

3 bedroom Apartment in Plettenberg Bay for self catering accommodation

12 Greenpoint Mews

Bayside lodge outside

Bayside Lodge

The Sands at St Francis


The ‘Big Tree’, a giant yellowwood is worth visiting. It is somewhere between 600 and 800 years old, over 41 metres tall and more than 7 metres in circumference.

The birds of the forest, although often elusive, are magnificent. The most exotic resident is the Knysna Lourie (found only in South Africa), a bird of brilliant green and red plumage.
For those desiring an adrenaline rush of note, a visit to the Bloukrans Bridge is a must, boasting the world’s highest bridge bungee jump at 216 metres (709 ft)!

The small village of Storms River, situated in the midst of the forest, is a good start to get an overview of all the many amazing eco-adventures and activities available in the area. Storms River town is a popular holiday destination offering value for money guest houses, B&B’s, backpackers and self-catering options.