Tsitsikamma National Park, Garden Route, South Africa
Tsitsikamma National Park is situated at the heart the Garden Route, found in the Southern East area of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning "place of much water." The heartland of the park stretches some 5 km to sea, protecting inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish.
The Park has some 80 km of rugged coastline with spectacular sea views and scenic landscapes; this remote region is covered in mountain Fynbos such as Proteas and evergreen forest with rivers cutting deep into the stone to create some dramatic gorges, ravines and valleys
Tsitsikamma National Park is the third most commonly visited out of the twenty national parks in South Africa. The Park, which consists of coastline, mountains and forests, protects some of the unique plants found in the Garden Route . The mean annual rainfall is 1200 mm.
Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of marine life. This is one of the largest single units Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world, conserving 11 percent of South Africa 's Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline. Proclaimed in 1964, it became the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in the continent of Africa.
Almost one third of the park is covered in fynbos, scattered amongst the forest vegetation, boasting a wide variety of beautiful flowers, including Proteas.
The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates various cultural heritage sites ranging from Khoisan cultural heritage sites such as caves and rock art to ruins of small fishing villages and past forestry sites.
Dolphins cavort in the waves, and the giant of the oceans, the southern right whale visits the area in the breeding months of June - September.
Activities which can be enjoyed in the Tsitsikamma area is Abseiling & climbing, mountain biking, 4x4 trails, tree top tours and the highest bungee jumping in the world.