Tsitsikamma, affectionately known as “The Garden of the Garden Route” welcomes you to the area the ancient San people called the “place of many waters.” Beautiful indigenous forest, protected by the State, are home to centuries old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi and many others. Storms River is a little village which nestles virtually at the perimeter of the Tsitsikamma National Park, famed for its adventure activities.
The area is like a treasure trove; a crypt overflowing with protected indigenous forest that bears ancient trees like yellowwood, hard pear, stinkwood, and ironwood; fynbos covered landscape and the appearance of entrancing animals and birds, like the shy Knysna loerie.
Far from being a garden, the Tsitsikamma is a place where magic and the ancient have merged to create a fairytale. The Tsitsikamma forest is a huge protected conservation area that supports an incredibly diverse ecosystem. This isn’t any forest. It is eons old and trees tower above one as one walks in the immediate cool and shade their protective cover creates; the floor of the forest an intricate trail of ferns, moss and fragile fungi.
But it is the waters contained in rivers that have carved their way through mountains to create spectacular gorges that have earned the area its unusual name. From these trickle streams that wend their way through vegetation, complete with crystal clear pools that glisten over river pebbles. The deep gorges widen as the rivers make their way to the sea through a series of kloofs and waterfalls. Storms River mouth is one of the most magnificent of these, complete with suspension bridge that spans the mouth and offers visitors incredible views. Explore this natural heritage and stay at one of the hotels or guesthouses near Storms River village.