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I had never heard of Tsitsa Falls and 99% of the people I have asked haven’t either. You should definitely visit.

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Behind the falls

The Falls backpackers struck a chord in a lot of ways, as it’s off the grid. Way off. It was kind of refreshing not having to bother with the digital trappings of the world, which is exactly why you should visit. It’s good for your soul. They offer awesome accommodation in a rondavel, dorms and doubles. There is also a huge garden with fruit trees and outside chill areas.

From the porch
From the porch

Bring your thoughts, as it’s the perfect place for them. The porch’s screen saver is a wide open landscape that has a habit of drawing you in and not letting you go. There is silence, serenity and a calmness that seems to envelop the whole place.

Once you walk into the landscape for a mere five minutes, it goes from wide open to canyons that cut deep into the land. They are kind of amazing as they are well hidden from view but are epicly spectacular when they appear in the landscape.

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I did a great hike with Addi (co-owner of the backpackers), which gives you a first glimpse of the falls from way above. We then made our way over to the next canyon.. another five minutes and it gets even more mind-blowing.

Tsitsa Falls
Tsitsa Falls

The Tsitsa and Pot rivers converge and flow towards the coast. You get the pleasure of viewing this by hanging your legs over the edge. As you sit there, it’s hard not to just be quiet and realize your insignificance in the greater scheme of things.

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How to make yourself feel insignificant

We then walked back towards the falls and after a descent down a crack, literally – we hunkered under an overhang and checked out some Bushman paintings and some old school stone masonry, before making our way back to the Falls.

Rocking the art world
Rocking the art world

After harnessing up, we did a zip-line of about 150 metres across the waterfall – pardon the parlance – but hell yeah it was awesome!

Way easier than walking
Way easier than walking

When you get to the bottom of the line you are literally in the bowl of the waterfall, with a few more bushman paintings on offer. We then walked back out by passing under and behind the falls.

Tre’ cool.

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Behind the falls

The next morning it was time to head out back to the coast for some sun, surf and chillax in the Kei at the legendary CoffeeShack.

If you are vaguely in the hood be sure to visit the Falls, it’s an amazing and undiscovered place and stay with Addi and Angela at the Falls backpackers, it’s definitely one of the best spots I have had the pleasure of visiting on my travels.

And it’s good for your soul.

One more for the road
One more for the road

One other thing worth mentioning – the place is a mecca for Kayakers. I don’t have much knowledge on the sport or goings-on, but if you’re a fan of challenging white water – you should definitely be calling the Falls Backpackers sooner rather than later.

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Stu Cooper

Hi! I am Stu, a long time early adopter of the interwebs and digital technology with the goal of avoiding working 9 to 5 for some management type corporate person. I build websites for moolah, take photo’s for inspiration and generally believe there is more to life than working for a living. I like beer, shooting the breeze and my couch. Which is not coming with me unfortunately. Currently embroiled in a giant road trip around South Africa you can follow me on Twitter - @going_homeless or on facebook.com/thegoinghomelessproject, visit my blog goinghomeless.co.za or better yet, see you on the road.