Experience Koukamma; discover the rocky rugged Tsitsikamma shoreline of adventure as it blows salty kisses to mountain tops. Witness the delicate biodiverse dance, between fynbos and forest, as it blooms into the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve. Listen to the call of adventure, from the top of the Bloukrans Bridge and giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees, to the depths of brown waters and stormy seas. Dig into the treasure trove that is the Langkloof, with its historic galleries of Khoisan rock art and paintings. Journey into tranquillity where apples and wild honeybush meet and greet across the sprawling landscapes of the world’s longest wine route, Route 62. Get off the beaten track and breathe in the countryside’s hospitality; indulge in farm-like experiences, gather friends and family for a hearty home-cooked meal and soak in the serenity. Visit Koukamma; explore the Langkloof, explore Tsitsikamma, explore more.
The Koukamma region is characterised by two distinct regions: Tsitsikamma (coastal) and the Langkloof (inland).
Open the gate to the Garden Route, step into Tsitsikamma and take a deep breath. Fill your lungs and rejuvenate your mind with the indigenous forest and fynbos slopes, take a daring plunge as you step off the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bungee jump, zip through ancient forest, paddle the glorious Storms River gorge and quench your thirst for adventure at a destination the Khoisan called, ‘place of abundant water’.
Tsitsikamma is a dream getaway for adventure travellers, nature enthusiasts and those craving a tranquil escape with its abundance of adrenalin activities, lush vegetation, waterfalls and serene silence. Stretching from Eerste River in the east to the Bloukrans River on the west, the area is also home to Storms River Mouth, the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. The park is Africa’s oldest marine protected area, not only known for its varied marine life but also for the world-renowned Otter Hiking Trail, known as “The Grail of Trails”.
If you are ready to explore, then travel in the direction of the lesser-known section of Route 62, the Langkloof; where towns such as Kareedouw, Twee Riviere, Joubertina, Krakeel, Louterwater and Misgund form part of South Africa’s Fruit Route, an area boasting pink and white blooming fruit orchards in spring and white snow-covered mountain peaks during winter.
The Langkloof is a haven of tranquility, a secret hideaway, with its wild proteas next the road, scenic mountain vistas and secluded, quiet farm stays. But rest assured, adventure seekers, this section of the Koukamma region is also known for its hiking trails, such as the formidable Peak Formosa, the highest in the Tsitsikamma mountain range, with a height of 1 665m above sea level, 4x4 routes, horse riding and dirt roads waiting in anticipation to cover mountain bikes in dust and adrenaline.
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