I had never heard of Tsitsa Falls and 99% of the people I have asked haven’t either. You should definitely visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After harnessing up, we did a zip-line of about 150 metres across the waterfall – pardon the parlance – but hell yeah it was awesome!
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.
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 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.