Over the course of an hour the sky changed from this:
To this – the end of another beautiful day:
Apart from the boardwalk to the Storms River Mouth, walks through the forest, and swimming at the small sandy beach, there are a number of other things to explore at Tsitsikamma. These pictures come from one short walk to the rocks near the start of the Otter Trail.
The cracks, ledges and striations on the rocks beg for exploration.
Small stones, worn smooth by the action of the sea, tiny bits of wood, seaweed and shells also call for attention.
The patterns on this shell proved to be irresistible.
There is driftwood aplenty.
You may have noticed a tin on the bottom right hand side of the first picture. This is what it looks like from nearby. Where did it come from? How did it land up in the ocean? How long has it been there, being tossed by the waves?
Obviously long enough to have become a home for a colony of molluscs.
The walk through the coastal forest at Tsitsikamma to the Storms River starts at the little beach.
A lovely collection of light blue agapanthus flowers grow near the first waterfall.
One gets interesting views of the coast and of other paths through the forest trees.
Steps made from plastic wood make the steep ups and downs easier to manage and help to protect the forest floor from the hundreds of feet that pass this way every day.
Moss-covered trees abound in the forest.
The first glimpse of the mouth of the Storms River way below the path.
There is a rocky beach at the end of the walk.
And a series of suspension bridges to cross on the way back!
Note: click on the photographs for a larger view.
The strong fynbos smell that is Tsitsikamma fills your nostrils as you wind down the hill from the reception at the gate. The beautiful thick indigenous forest on the hill forms the perfect backdrop for the camping sites and chalets that hug the coast.
The view of the ever-changing seascape is wonderful.
There is such a variety of accommodation on offer that suits all tastes. As campers we love the large stands that allow for plenty of room, so that one doesn’t feel overcrowded.
Our campsite backed on the terrace below some chalets and overlooked the sea.
The Otter Section of the camping area is well shored up above the rocks and the waves below.
There is a wooden fence and a concrete walkway that extends along the length of the camping area. The views of the waves, the rocks, the dassie and birds are spectacular from here.
The banks are covered with grass and vygies.
Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of much water.” Water is a great attraction there for swimmers, divers, snorkelers, for those who enjoy kayaking, and those who simply enjoy watching the waves breaking over the rocks and marvel at the power of the water.
To me, Tsitsikamma is a place of peace and renewal.