The area between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town is known as the Garden Route. It is one of the most popular tourist routes in South Africa. About 160km west of Port Elizabeth you enter the Tsitsikamma. The Tsitsikamma is the area wedged between the ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains and consist of indigenous forests, magnificent coastline, river gorges, streams and some of the most awesome scenery on the whole Garden Route.
The indigenous forest consist of trees like the Yellowwood, stinkwood, ironwood, milkwood and much more. These trees are all protected by South African law as they are all hardwood species that were nearly cut out in the late 1800’s for the building of boats, houses and the railway line north. Today you get very sought after furniture made from these woods harvested from the forest in a sustainable way. Some of the Outeniqua Yellowwoods (SA’s national tree) in the Tsitsikamma Forest are about 800 years old.