Tsitsikamma and Storms River Village are a traveler’s paradise and haven. Offering both the adventure head and cruisy traveler a veritable smorgasbord of holiday goodness and adventure
The National Park (A Wild Card gets you in for free) is probably one of my favorite places in the world, although the restaurant is touristy and caters for the international wallet – don’t let that put you off as eating isn’t compulsory. It offers hiking, canoe trips or you can plonk yourself just about anywhere and get lost in the views.
There is so much to do – a good place to start is the easy hike to the iconic suspension bridge which traverses the Storms River Mouth. If you’re feeling energetic, hike up to the viewpoint once you have crossed the bridge for a truly panoramic view of the whole mouth. Or just cross the bridges – there are two sections, and watch the sea and the river fight each other for direction. Easy, beautiful and undoubtedly a cool place just to sit and chillax.
You can also hike the start of the world-famous Otter Trail which leads you to a Waterfall that cascades down a cliff and into the angry seas,. The hike itself is about 6km in total and can be a little slippery as you walk along the coast. Best in the morning but just as good in the afternoon the hike is a must when visiting the National Park, it is epicly beautiful. Give yourself plenty of time at the Falls to just chill, picnic and swim.
A lot of places along the Garden Route have “Big Trees” but the Tsitsikamma iteration, an Outeniqua Yellowood is pretty spectacular. Close to forty metres tall, roughly nine metres at the base and supposedly one thousand years old – putting its start in life somewhere in the 1100’s. That’s roughly ten generations of humans. It’s kind of awe-inspiring, beautiful and carries a real sense of gravitas.
The Tsitsikamma Backpackers is a place of serenity with a side order of liveliness when you venture into the bar in the evenings. Set on a piece of land in Storms River village, the garden is alive with bird life, indigenous trees and plants. Comfortable, chilled and friendly it’s a great place to relax after the busy days Tsitsikamma offers.
There are few things more spectacular than the Canopy Tour at Stormsriver. You hook yourself onto zip lines that allow you to slide from tree to tree through some of the last and most beautiful indigenous forests in South Africa. It has a smattering of adrenalin, lots of interesting bird life, chameleons and monkeys and is a huge amount of fun. The slides vary from twenty metres to one hundred, some slow, others quick. Its is a killer activity that just about anyone can do.
Entrancing beauty, day tours and hikes that cater for every need from jumping off a bridge or Ziplining over Waterfalls or through forests, riding bikes or Segways or just sitting on the porch of the backpackers taking in the magnificent mountains. Tsitsikamma and Stormsriver Village really is a travelers paradise.
All photos © Stu Cooper