The Tsitsikamma National Park is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning “place of much water”. The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes. The Tsitsikamma’s spectacular scenery includes Indian Ocean breakers pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, ever-green forests and fynbos (shrubland or heathland) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines.
The Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life and provides a laboratory for research on endangered fish species. This is one of the largest single unit Marine Protected Areas in the world, conserving 11% of South Africa’s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline. In 1964 when it was proclaimed, it became the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in Africa.
Although Tsitsikamma boasts a magical world of inter-tidal life and reefs in its marine part, there is also the famous terrestrial part of the park with its lush forest, delicate fynbos and sheer cliffs. Approximately 30% of the park is covered in fynbos, scattered amongst the forest vegetation, boasting a wide variety of beautiful flowers, including proteas and heath.