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Attraction Name: Sanddrift River gorge waterfall
CATEGORY:: Natural Attractions
Type: Waterfalls
Description of Attraction: Tsitsikamma, a place of deep, heavily scarred gorges, cliffs, tidal pools and thick evergreen forests. Bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean. The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east.

The Sanddrift River separates Blueliliesbush (a prominent forestry area) from Sanddrift. Dairy farms and pine plantations make up a large part of the greater Blueliliesbush area which encompasses land all the way to the coast, including the start of the famous Dolphin Trail. A 6km dirt road off the N2 near Storms River leads you to a private cliff-side paradise boasting some of the finest views you are likely to find anywhere in South Africa.

The beautiful 30-metre waterfall is home to the magnificent Forest Ferns Estate. Occupying a magnificent position boarding onto the Tsitsikamma National Park, the lodge is built above the waterfall and offers stunning views of the river mouth, Indian Ocean and Tsitsikamma Mountains… the perfect spot to reacquaint yourself with nature and renew the harmony of your soul.


(a) When travelling west on the N2 from Port Elizabeth & Jeffreys Bay, continue for 4km after passing Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures and crossing the Kruis River Bridge, and turn left onto the BLUE LILIES BUSH / NOMPUMELELO road.

(b) When travelling east on the N2 from George & Plettenberg Bay, continue for 4km after crossing the Storms River Bridge and turn right onto the BLUE LILIES BUSH / NOMPUMELELO road.

Continue south on the Blueliliesbush road for 2km, passing Nompumelelo Village on the right, to a T-junction. Turn right at the T-junction & then left after 50 metres & then right again after a further 50 meters; as per The Fernery and Forest Ferns signs. From here it is 6km on a well sign-posted gravel road to The Fernery Lodge & Chalets.

Please note: This road is an MTO forestry road and we are dependent on their maintenance teams for its upkeep. Please drive carefully.

A short distance after entering the Estate gates the road becomes paved. The first turn off to the left is to the sheds and buildings that house Forest Ferns Exports - a working foliage export company. Do not turn here but continue to follow the road which will take you down to Reception. This is situated on the way down to the Lodge and close to the swimming pool.

Welcome to the magical, mystical Fernery!

TELEPHONE: If you cannot reach us on our landline telephones: 042 2803 588 and 042 2803 876. Please try our cellphone number: 081 422 9617.
Entrance Fee (Terms): Please contact: The Fernery Lodge or visit there website
Street Address: Forest Ferns Estate, Bluelilliesbush
Town: Tsitsikamma
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (42) 280-3588
Posted / Updated: Nov 11, 2017
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Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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