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Magical Tsitsikamma Park is 50

Gabby Venter | IOL   in 
September 18, 2014

East London – Set on the shore of the Indian Ocean on South Africa’s Southern Coast, lies a hidden gem called Tsitsikamma.

Home to the oldest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Africa, the thunderous waves and timeless tides welcome you to the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) as you snake your way down through the Tsitsikamma forest to Storms River Mouth Camp, in the Tsitsikamma section of the park. The GRNP celebrates the launch of this year’s South African National Parks Week, as well as Tsitsikamma’s 50 years as a Marine Protected Area.

Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning “place of much water” and the Tsitsikamma section of GRNP stretches 80km down the coast from Storms River Mouth to Nature’s Valley at the Western end of the park. A relatively young park in the South African National Parks (SANParks) stable, Tsitsikamma was amalgamated with Wilderness National Park in 2009 to form the now famous 121 000 hectare GRNP which consists of the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness sections and the Knysna Lake section. The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route is home to unpredictable oceans, silent rainforests, meandering rivers and surprising mystery.

The MPA is the oldest in Africa and was declared as such in 1964.

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