Tsitsikamma National Park – Storms River

The Unwitting Traveller

Tsitsikamma, so named by the ancient Khoi San people, means “the place of abundant or sparkling water”.  There could not be a more apt name for such a wonderful area.

The national park was proclaimed in 1964 in order to conserve both the indigenous forests and establish the first ever marine conservation area in Africa.  I’m mighty glad that they did; how hideous would it be if property developers got their dirty mitts on this place? {shudder}…

From Nature’s Valley in the west, the national park stretches along 85km of coastline to the east.  The main rest camp, at Storms River, is central to this protected stretch of land and sea, and the starting point for many a hiking trail; the Otter Trail being the most lauded.

Compared to the camp at Nature’s Valley, the Storms River camp is much busier, more bustling and generally noisier.  Yes, there…

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