The Bloukrans bridge, the site of bungee jumping off of the bridge. Picture: Supplied
The Bloukrans bridge, the site of bungee jumping off of the bridge. Picture: Supplied

#ExploreYourCountry: Get adventurous in Tsitsikamma

By Mpho Rantao Time of article published Aug 20, 2018

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Sometimes splitting up a group and partaking in a variety of activities before the sun sets is the only way to enjoy what Tsitsikamma has to offer. 

The indigenous forest-covered area is filled with tons of activities across the area which is between Port Elizabeth and George on the Garden Route. 

Tsitsikamma encompasses a marine reserve, deep gorges and local vegetation like the Big Tree, a towering yellowwood. 

The area also has an Otter Trail which leads to Nature’s Valley, with birds including the Cape batis and Loerie species. 

Part of the Tsitsikamma National Park, there are also sightings of wild animals like bush pigs, the Cape leopard, and baboons. Along with wildlife sightings, here are a number of activities which visitors can participate in while in the national park. 

Quad biking

There are a number of quad biking tours that occur in the national park, with guided tours through Tsitsikamma’s indigenous forest, with gorgeous views of Storms River. 

Quad-biking on trails through the indigenous forest. Picture: Tsitsikamma Tourism Association

Bungee jump 

One of South Africa’s best adrenaline activities is offered in Tsitsikamma - bungee jumping off of the Bloukrans bridge. Considered one of the highest bungee jump from a bridge not only in Africa but also in the world, this activity is not for the faint-hearted, but when done, the feeling is exhilarating.

Zipline adventure

Feel like Tarzan when you zip between the tall trees of Tsitsikamma’s National Park. Guided by two professionals, visitors are given the opportunity to zip through the forest, travelling as fast as 25km/h, at heights of almost 90m high. 

Visitors are given the beautiful views of the Kruis river through another zip line company (Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours) while ziplining between trees at lengths of 211 metres and an average height of 100 metres. 

Zipline through the Tsitsikamma National Park. Picture: Tsitsikamma Tourism Association.

Horse riding

For those who don’t desire to get their adrenaline pumping, there are trails which you can follow by horseback, with a guided tour through the Tsitsikamma National Park.

Options for horse riding go between a half day or full day session with an optional picnic. Visitors are treated to sightings of bush pigs and wild flora.  

Horseback riding. Picture: Supplied

Kayak and Lilo 

For those who love the waters, there is the option to partake in kayaking and floating on a lilo up or down Storms River. Starting on the kayaks and guided by a tour guide, visitors paddle up the river, passing the bats' cave, steep cliffs and majestic views. 

Kayaking and lilo. Picture: Tsitsikamma Tourism Association

Blackwater tubing 

Blackwater tubing is a fun, easy and safe adventure activity that allows you to explore exclusive and remote areas of the Tsitsikamma and Plaatbos Nature Reserve. 

Visitors are able to use specialised one-man inflatable river tubes while paddle boating between three and six hours, and receiving a drink and a light meal afterwards. 

Blackwater tubing. Picture: Tsitsikamma Tourism Association

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