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Wander between forest and ocean in Tsitsikamma National Park

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Surrounded by mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, Tsitsikamma is one of South Africa's most-visited natural wonders. You'll find it along the famous Garden Route between Knysna and Port Elizabeth. Lovers of the great outdoors can explore this reserve in a variety of different ways: on foot, by canoe or kayak, and even by scuba diving. There is something for everyone, and most activities are accessible to all.

Pick any of the 21 hiking trails that wind through the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest and let the path surprise you. You might spot sea otters, kingfishers, or Knysna turacos in this exceptional natural setting bursting with plant life. A suspended walkway leads you to beautiful viewpoints over the mouth of the river and refreshing waterfalls.

Adventurous types can go bungee jumping from Bloukrans Bridge, one of the highest bungee jumps in the world. That's not the only thrill on offer. A canopy tour course, with a series of six zip lines, also awaits. As you soar over the quiet Tsitsikamma forest, you'll hear the sounds of nature from over 65 feet high.

Jump in a canoe or kayak and paddle along the Storms River or through one of the Nature's Valley lagoons, admiring the scenery at your own pace. Another option is to scuba dive or snorkel around the reefs, where the Storms River meets the Indian Ocean. For a more in-depth experience in Tsitsikamma, consider staying in one of the cottages at the Storms River Mouth Camp, the perfect place to rest after a day of adventure. Your local Evaneos agency will be happy to arrange for you an action-packed day in Tsitsikamma reserve.

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