The Big Tree

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This famous landmark tree is well worth a visit - at a height of 36m, circumference of 8.5m and an estimated 800-900 year-old, “The Big Tree” towers over the other trees in the canopy, being the largest of the giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees in the Krisjan-se-Nek area, near Diepwalle Forest Station. It is about a 10 minute walk. The big tree is also known as the Kind Edward V11 tree.

The Outeniqua Yellowwood tree, one of the largest tree species and national tree of South Africa is an endangered species and protected by the National Forests Act. Only a few of the ancient giants have survived. The Knysna Loerie can be spotted in this area.

What you can do at the Tsitsikamma indigenous forest, near Plettenberg Bay:

  • Zipline amongst the tree tops of other big trees of the forest.
  • Forest board-walking, on a well maintained 1km round trip - a comfortable 10 minutes
  • Hiking along forest trails or along the rugged coastline – short or long routes and water pools for cooling off.
  • Enjoy a picnic in the clearings of the lush, cool forest or at the Velbroeksdraai picnic site.
  • Cycle the 19km Homtini Trail
  • Visit the scorching white beaches of Plettenberg Bay
  • Tubing down a black water gorge
  • Doing the world's highest bungee jump off the Bloukrans River Bridge