Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail
- Natures Valley
- Natures Valley
Last Updated: November 2017
- Longitude: 23.750083
- Latitude: -33.9649
- Bird Watching
- Hiking / walking
About Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail
The Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail journeys through lush forests and mountain fynbos. Ancient river gorges and abundant rivers and streams provide plentiful swimming opportunities.
Beginning in Nature’s Valley and ending 60-km further at either the Storms River Bridge or Village, this six day, unidirectional trail takes hikers through the heart of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Shorter variations (2,3,4 or 5 days) are possible as each of the five overnight huts has its own unique access route with safe parking at the start.
Optional equipment porterage (slackpacking) now provides hikers with the chance of having all their equipment transported between overnight huts, allowing the luxury of carrying only daypacks on each day’s journey.This makes the trail accessible to a wider range of people and provides all with more time for swimming, photography, birding and other activities usually limited by time or weight constraints.
Field guides and binoculars are definitely recommended along this exciting and unpredictable journey. Many of the forest giants are labeled with their tree names and hikers can have much fun with guessing and identification games along the route.
The Tsitsikamma Trail was South Africa's first officially accredited hiking trail and has recently been allocated the Green Flag Certificate for a trail under excellent management.
Map and Directions to Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail
GPS : 33° 57' 53.64" S / 23° 45' 0.30" E
From the N2
- About 12.6 km east of the Bloukrans bridge take the turn off to the R102 "Coldstream"
- After 3 km turn right through a stone gateway onto a gravel road
- Follow this for 940 m and the starting point for the trail is in the building on the right.