This is a truly majestic area where sea and forest come together to offer unspoiled natural attractions, energetic high seas, steep cliffs, rivers and cascades tumbling to an ocean lined with rocky crags and white, sandy beaches not to mention awesome forests. Keep an eye open for indigenous Birds, antelope, bushpig and Honey badgers on land and the Dolphins and Whales that frequently swim up and down the coast.
The streams cut deep gorges through the coastal plateau, leaving a rugged and sometimes inaccessible area for nature to thrive and for the adventurer to excitedly explore. Storms River Village is the center of adventure tours here you can choose from the extreme to the layed back, there is something for everyone. Some of the activities in the region include:
Bob Plane launches dolphin and scenic glider trips from Plettenberg Bay airport and, Stanley Island will sweep you over the southern Tsitsikamma in a motorized glider. You can also Soar above the forests and the Plettenberg Bay region spotting dolphins and, in season, whales; alternatively treat yourself to a fly-in safari to Storms River, or over the region to Shamwari with African Ramble.
Established Buffalo Hills Game Reserve the best game viewing area west of Addo / Shamwari have now added a three-day portaged hike to their portfolio. The Oxwagon Trail starts with a game drive and a night at the private camp. Hikers set off the following morning from the Bitou river on a meandering trail that winds through indigenous forest to a fynbos covered ridge with stunning views from the beautiful wooden cabin that is the overnight hut.
Stormsriver Adventure’s Tree Tops Canopy Tour is Unique in Africa, and one of three in the world. This unique experiance gives you full immersion into the marvelous indigenous forest.
The 216m high bridge over the Bloukrans Gorge is the highest road bridge in Africa and, in the Southern Hemisphere. The 40-minute tour covers all the information on the construction of the bridge and its environment as you meander on a custom-made catwalk approprietly placed underneath the road surface. Moving along you will the come to the arch and an awesome view of the bungee site as well as breathtaking vista of the mountains to the north and the ocean to the south . A tour of this monument is secure with experienced guides in a state-of-the-art full body harness ensuring your safety and enjoyment.
Hire a motor boat
little motorboats for hire and tour River. The boats can be hired from Keurbooms River Adventures (044 532 7876) stop along the way at one of the many small sandy beaches perfect for a picnic or a romantic getaway. The seaward side offers fishermen looking for the big one the opportunity to put their skills to the test. Bird life in this area is abundant and fantastic sounds of african nature can be herd all around
Marked trails from Robbehoek Trails and Stormsriver Adventures traverse the SAFCOL plantations and National Park providing some challenging riding. Deep South Eco, a new and very professional outfit based in Plettenberg Bay, specialises in guided trails. And if that’s not tough enough, you can always include 110m abseil and a half-day of blackwater tubing before you start on a tough uphill from the low water bridge back to the village as part of Stormsriver’s Gorge Challenge.
The Keurbooms Estuary is open all year round and is a great place for saltwater fly-fishing and large predator fish, as well as a number of estuarine species that move into the estuary to breed and hunt. For more information contact the Plettenberg Bay Angling Club (044 535 9740).
Escape into the hills
Chill out in a tree-level tent in Kouga Eco Adventures’ remote bushcamp, dining under the stars and enjoying the silence of the wilderness. Activities include birdwatching, scenic 4×4 drives, rafting on Kouga River and abseiling down the cliffs.
From the Keurbooms River bridge, one can set off on a two-day, Whiskey Creek flat-water canoe trail through a gorge to a wide, flat section of serene and peaceful river surrounded by forests. Listen for the fish eagle as you approach the overnight cabin (which sleeps ten) chill out on the deck and enjoy the sensational views before paddling back in the morning. Canoes can also be hired for day trails from the Whiskey Creek bookings office.
Hike — Keurbooms Strand to Nature’s Valley
The trail between Keurbooms Strand and Natures Valley runs along one of the most spectacular coastlines in South Africa. This close proximity to the ocean makes it essential to attempt this trail only during low tide. The trail starts at Keurbooms beach in front of the restaurant and heads east past Matjies River, Arch Rock, and Salt River to end in front of the restaurant in Natures Valley. The total distance of 12 kilometres can easily be covered in four hours, but allow at least two hours for exploring along the way. For more information contact SANParks (De Vasselot).
The Tsitsikamma National Park, is South Africa’s pioneering marine reserve, making it the prime ecotourism destination.
The National Park contributes in a different ways to the economic development of the region. This is done through:
• Attracts tourists to the region
• provides economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs, (local trail guides, adventure operators, transport services, infrastructure development & maintenance services, etc.) and as implementing agency for poverty relief program’s
• Creates employment and training opportunities for some of the regions poverty stricken communities. Currently, two of the nationally running, poverty relief programs, namely Working for Water (Invasive Plant Clearing) and Coasts Care (Coastal Conservation) are operated within the National Park
Tsitsikamma National Park protects the astoundingly beautiful coastline between the Groot River in the east and Natures Valley in the West. The National park also has cultural heritage sites such as Caves, rock art and shell middens. create a unique contrast in the natural environment to enjoy on land, sea or air. Three of South Africa’s noted hiking trails; the five day Otter, Tsitsikamma trail (should be booked in advance) and Dolphin trails,can be found in this region. Also on offer is the Storms river Mouth Trails, the Big Tree and Ratel Trail. For shorter one-day and half day hikes try the Fynbos trail, Goesa Nature walk, Plaatbos Natire Reserve, Retal nature walk, stroms river cycle route or the capitain harrison hiking trail.