Hike and visit Tsitsikamma National Park for a unique experience. Enjoy nature, the Indian Ocean and beautiful wildlife year-round, and close-by to La Vista Lodge.
Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, ‘place of much water.’ This is the perfect description as the Tsitsikamma National Park, sprawled across the lush landscape of the Garden Route, opens up a world of natural wonder to those who visit. If you can think of an outdoor activity, odds are you can do it here. Creatures on land, in the air and under the sea…they’re all present, ready to dazzle you. A few top must- see critters include dolphins and porpoises, African black oystercatcher, Knysna lourie, Cape clawless otter and blue duiker.
Activities to be experienced at the Tsitsikamma National Park vary from adrenalin to leisure, so take your pick.
There’s so much to do, it may take you a few days to get to it all. Hiking, scuba-diving and snorkelling, inter-tidal excursions, kayaking and tubing with Untouched Adventures, The Otter Trail, the Dolphin Trail, the Tsitsikamma Trail, the Spirit of Tsitsikamma boat rides, marine and river activities, Eco-Guides from local communities, and more. There are various operators who offer organised activities such as kloofing, abseiling and climbing, mountain biking, tree top tours, tractor-trailer rides, the world’s highest bungee jump with Face Adrenalin and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.
From Nature’s Valley Rest camp, a network of six nature trails are available to stretch the legs. Particularly popular with bird watchers, the area is a treasure trove of feathered beauties. Swimming, board sailing, rowing and canoeing on the river is lots of fun and as no powerboats are allowed, tranquillity is available in spades. If you are an adventure junkie, then pack your bags and head for park ASAP.
After a long day of exploring our unique Tsitsikamma National Park, you can be assured a cool, crisp glass of wine and a fabulously prepared dinner by Chef Lincoln waits for you at La Vista.
The cherry on the cake is an in-room massage that can be booked the following day to work out all those tired spots from a day of hiking and exploring.
Hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park will give opportunity to birdwatch one of the 350+ endemic bird species that can be found in Plettenberg Bay.
With a temperate climate, birding enthusiasts can view year-round. The area is home to a diverse range of different habitat zone and microclimates conducive to wintering and breeding birds. Here is your essential packing list for birdwatching:
With the naked eye, most birds pretty much look the same. Binoculars are your window into a whole new world where they transform into explosions of bold colours and patterns.
- Field Guide
Luckily, when it comes to field guides, there is not so much of a variance in price among brands.
- Spotting Scope
Spotting scopes serve a very specific purpose—watching birds that tend to stay in one spot, such as ducks on a lake, a perched raptor, or shorebirds on the roost.
Earth-toned clothing is best. Birds have a highly-developed sensitivity to colour, as evidenced by females choosing brightly-coloured mates.
When learning to identify birds, train yourself to immediately notice field marks, such as eye rings, wing bars, and beak type.
Feel free to take photos to remember your experience. Although be forewarned, birdwatching purists will turn their nose up at you.