These sub-tropical thorn and sand flats on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, were once home to the nomadic San (bushmen) who lived off the land and feasted on great herds of migrating game. They were displaced by stronger African tribes, who in turn had their day. Chief Hwange of the Rozi tribe was ousted by the Matabele chief Mzilikazi, and his lands taken over as a royal hunting ground. In the nineteenth century the white man came and promptly set about claiming land and shooting the remaining game.
Tsitsikamma (pronounced sit-si-kama) is a wild and beautiful place where primeval yellowwood and stinkwood forests set the scene for one of South Africa's most pristine parks. Situated mid-way along the Garden Route, the park's main focus is its rocky coastline with cliffs that press close to the sea. The park even extends (5km) offshore to include inter-tidal, reef and deep sea eco-systems.