Tuesday, March 19, 2013

South Africa: Tsitsikamma National Park

After our week long safari in Kruger Park we headed out on the famed Garden Route along South Africa's magnificent coastline.

A few of our first stops included iconic waves at Geoffrey's Bay and an adventurous tree top canopy zip line trek near Storms River.

While staying in Storms River we spent only one (of two allotted days) 
The view looked a little something like this.... 

Like all travelers, we can't control the weather so, unfortunately, our first visit to Tsitsikamma Park was sepia toned and not as scenic. We opted for a little drive but so much exploring that day!
At least know we know why the area is called Storms River!

Fortunately, as luck would have it, the sunshine came back out for our second day of hiking in the park before we headed back along the Garden Route towards Hermanus for some whale watching.

Tsitsikamma means, "place of abundant or sparkling water" and with ocean views, deep gorges and water falls, that's exactly what this park has!

Visitors can catch gorgeous views of the area while camping, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, canopy tours and so much more.
In fact, this national park streatches across more than 50 miles of coastline, amazing!

This seems like a post where I'll should let pictures can do the talking...

Calla Lillies and two Dassies, a fat South Africa rat

If you're heading to South Africa, I'd highly recommend checking out the SANParks website for information all of the country's unique and stunning national parks.

If you'd like to get caught up on our South African adventure, have a look at what to pack, Safari in Kruger Park part one and part twoJohannesburg, the Cradle of Mankind and Sterkfontein caves.

Plus, close encounters with a cheetah, an early morning bush walkelephants on paradepetting baby lionsflora and fauna, driving the garden route to Geofrey's Bay and the Addo Elephant Park.

Happy Travel Tuesday!


  1. absolutely stunning photos! i want to be there now :)

    1. Thanks Megan, I really would love to go back, South Africa stole my heart. This was one of my most favorite trips, ever and it's so fun to re-live it on my blog. I'm so curious how your visit to Minsk goes...

  2. Hi Lily! I'm enjoying your blog, the photographs of South Africa are gorgeous. But can we just talk about the size of those rats? Umm, kind of huge and scary :)

    1. Haha! Apparently, the dassies are everywhere in SA but we only saw a few. Probably a good thing because the thought of giant rats is not settling!

  3. Gorgeous! Those waves look very intense. I can see why you let the photos speak for themselves.