Day 0: Check in is any time after noon at the Tsitsikamma National Park Reception. Be sure to have your booking form available as this includes your entry to the Park. After moving into the quaint chalets you are free to enjoy what remains of the afternoon at your leisure. Lunch is not included in the package. Evening 7 pm, please be at the Restaurant to meet your host who will answer any questions you may have, and will give you information regarding the trail. Includes: (D).
Day 1: After 8:45 am The luggage will be collected at the chalets, and you will meet your guides who will be with you for the two days of hiking. When the group is ready and all drinks bills settled you depart along the boardwalk to Storms River Mouth and the Khoisan Cave. Weather permitting, there will be a 25 minute boat trip into the river gorge. After crossing Storms River Mouth on the suspension bridge, hikers follow a steep and rocky path to the Lookout Point with a magnificent view of the Tsitsikamma National Park. The hike continues level for a short distance before beginning a long descent through indigenous forest to sea level. Hikers should take a good break here as the climb up Steilkop (Steep Hill) is quite taxing and follows immediately. Once you have conquered Steilkop it is a comfortable forest walk to Misty Mountain Reserve. Here you can collapse and relax, making use of the lovely swimming pool or spa bath, or you can take advantage of the opportunity to go bass fishing in the dam. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 2: 9:30 am hikers follow a steep path from their chalets straight down to the rock pools. Today's route is mainly at sea level and the morning walk along the coast is magnificent. Enjoy the beautiful plant life and rocky scenery, and keep your eyes open for the spoor of the Cape Clawless Otter in "Otter's Alley". Swimming and snorkeling are possible in a couple of rock pools en route. The guides will carry 2 sterilized snorkeling sets for the group. In the mid-afternoon hikers arrive at the Fernery to a well earned drink and are then shown to their beautiful chalets nestled in fynbos along the river. Several activities are available, such as boating, cycling and bird watching. A swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna are there for your use. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Day of Departure. The weary can sleep in and enjoy the peace of their chalets, and early risers are welcome to go bird watching or visit the fern export operation. At 8:30 am breakfast is served in the Fernery after which the luggage is loaded and you set off on a scenic 4x4 trip through the old Storms River Pass. Includes: (B).
What to bring:
- Hiking boots are recommended although a good pair of trainers is acceptable footwear
- Two pairs of socks per day
- Suitable hiking gear - the Tsitsikamma is known to have “four seasons in one day”. We recommend short pants for warmer weather and a comfortable pair of long pants and a warm jacket should the weather turn cold
- Light rain wear
- Swimming costume
- Rucksack / Day Pack
- Walking stick
- Binoculars for keen birders (a bird book will be carried by the guides)
- Insect repellent and sun block
- Hat or cap
- Camera and film
- Warm, comfortable clothing and shoes for the evenings.
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