Storms River - Tsitsikamma Hot
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The Storms River camp within the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park has to be one of South Africa’s most recognized landscape photographic destinations.

The rugged scenery, exposed rock formations and massive crashing waves make this a high priority site to visit.

Storms River camp is also the start of the famous Otter Trail, which meanders along this rugged coastline offering breathtaking views as well as the opportunity to see Bottlenose Dolphins, Humpback Whales and the elusive Cape Clawless Otter.

Birdlife is also excellent, making this a favored spot for birders. From the campsite a number of short trails that cover the variety of habitats are also on offer. 



Best Time to Photograph
Pre-dawn and the magical hours around dusk are definitely the best times to photograph seascapes, while birds and the Rock Hyrax’s and Bushbuck are most active in the early morning. Given the darkness of the forest, this can be photographed throughout the day.
Type of Photography
  • Birds
  • Landscapes
  • Seascapes
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
Most landscape/seascape images are taken in close proximity to the rest camp and down on the rocks in front of the restaurant. The route through to the swing-bridge that crosses over the Storms River also has side-trails that lead to good photographic locations. It is also worth visiting the waterfall on the route of Day 1 of the Otter Trail. Taking the boat trip up the Storms River itself showcases steep sided gorges that from mid-morning onwards have ample light for photography. Be extremely cautious of large crashing waves and slippery rocks that have sharp cutting edges when working on the coastline.
Recommended Gear
Most landscape images are taken with wide-angled lenses but the addition of mid-range zoom lenses will definitely create interesting perspectives. A tripod and cable-release are a must


Season and Weather
The Climate is mild with rain potentially falling throughout the year. Winter storm fronts offer great landscape image opportunities.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Boat trips
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking


Closest Town
Getting There
Storms River camp lies along the N2 between the towns of Plettenberg Bay and Humansdorp and is well signposted.
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Peter Chadwick
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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.