The Tsitsikamma Nature Area encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery on the Garden Route. The tranquillity of Natures Valley and Salt River, the dramatic coast at Storms River Mouth and the peaceful Keurbooms River are some of the magnificent spots you'll have the opportunity to explore on this guided nature tour. Well appointed local accommodation is where you'll relax after a fantastic day in nature.
SALT RIVER VIA KALANDER KLOOF
From the tranquillity of the Natures Valley Lagoon, you'll hike up through indigenous forest where giant Outeniqua Yellow woods form a canopy over Kalander kloof gorge. The gentle slope gives way to some taxing stairs but once up those you'll be on the escarpment where fynbos covered slopes lead up to the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the North and down to the Ocean in the South.
The trail heads towards the ocean and the beautiful Salt River, clear tea coloured water (a natural tannin stain from the forest) gurgles of white beach sand and meets turquoise waves between the densely vegetated coastal heads. It's a surreal beauty difficult to convey.
A lazy day of paddling along Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay. Below the cliffs, the cola coloured water meanders along forested shores and past sandy beaches. Clear and brown are not words often used to describe water, yet the tannin stained water is crystal clear and clean. It is possible to swim, wade and explore the area. Knysna Loeries, Fish eagle, shy bush buck, genets and many forest creatures live along the forest margins, this canoe trip is a quiet venture into nature.
STORMS RIVER SUSPENSION BRIDGE & WATERFALL
Turquoise Indian ocean and the amber coloured Storms River clash and merge into a work of art as they meet in the surf below massive black cliffs. It is a spectacular sight that can be enjoyed close up on the suspension bridge that extends out over the waves.
After the high energy of the dramatic Storms River mouth we hike to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Tsitsikamma National Park, the plunge pool at the base of the falls is a natural rim pool that empties directly into the ocean. You can swim in the cool clear waters and enjoy a picnic on the sunny rocks with the most beautiful views!