Things to do in Storms River Tsitsikamma
Walking in Tsitsikamma
The Big Tree and Ratel Hiking Trails
The well sign-posted "Big Tree" is situated on the N2, just east of the entrance to Storms River Village. A 500m wooden boardwalk through indigenous forest leads to the Yellow wood giant. Walking to the tree takes about 10 minutes. The tree is estimated to be ±800 years old; it stands 36.6 meters high and has a circumference of almost 9 meters. It is accessible by vehicle for those with lack of mobility, by special permission.
The Ratel Nature Walk follows on from the Big Tree. This trail offers either a 2.6km or 4.2km walk through wet and medium moist High forest, both options are relatively easy.
Goesa Walk – Storms River Village
This short 2km walk starts at the SANParks office, and traverses indigenous forest. It descends to a stream bordered by Giant Tree Ferns, before ascending back to the start point. Sections are along wooden board walks.
Fynbos Trail – Storms River Village
This trail meanders through fynbos, and is an easy 1.8km flat route, offering some lovely views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The start is opposite the Info Centre.
Plaatbos Walks – Storms River Village
These walks traverse through High Indigenous Forest. Three routes have been laid out, between 5 and 8 km in length. They all start at the SANParks office. The longer option takes you to a picnic site down at the Old Storms River Bridge, where you can also swim.
Rugbos Picnic Site
On the edge of the indigenous forest, this picnic site offers views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, a short forest walk and toilet facilities. It is situated on the eastern side of the closed Bloukrans Pass, accessed from the N2 via the Coldstream turn off (R102).
Mountain Biking in Tsitsikamma
There is great pleasure to be had cycling through indigenous forest, breathing in good, clean air.
This 22km route follows the old national road through the Storms River Pass, which was by-passed in 1955 with the building of the Paul Sauer Bridge on the N2.
The 5km descent to the river passes through indigenous forest and offers some wonderful views of the gorge. At the Old Storms River Bridge you can swim. After crossing the river the route climbs out of the valley, to the coastal plateau, for a relatively flat section to the viewpoint which overlooks the Storms River Mouth. The return route circles back to the Storms River Pass and on into the Village.
Mountain bikes can be hired in the village. Our Storms River Guest House does offer storage space for bikes.
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
An experience you will never forget, high up in the indigenous forests of the Tsitsikamma. This activity, the first of its kind in Africa, allows you to experience the forests of the Tsitsikamma in a unique manner, high above the forest floor. 10 Platforms providing unbelievable views of the enchanting world. 10 Slides to gently glide along, 30m above the ground.
Woodcutter´s Journey Tsitsikamma Forest
Journey down the old Storms River Pass and experience the tranquility of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. The old Storms River Pass, built in the late 1870´s and now closed to public vehicles, is one built by Thomas Baines, the famous road pioneer. This trip, on an open vehicle, allows one to marvel at the skills of the road builder, whilst enjoying the forest and magnificent views afforded as one descends down to the Storms River. Refreshments are served at the picnic site where wagons used to outspan, before the return journey.
Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures
It´s amazing, it´s spectacular, it´s awesome! The Waterfall Zipline Tour offers two hours of adventure as you criss-cross the river on a slide system, with the longest slide being 211m. Set above the Elands River, this series of Foofie Slides allows one to glide above the water, and enjoy the surrounding scenery.
The Bloukrans Bridge is the world´s highest bungy jump! This unique pendulum bungy system gives you the highest, smoothest and best bungy jump in the world by far. 10/10 for pure adrenalin.
On the largest bridge in Africa. The Bloukrans Bridge is an amazing feat of engineering, and the Bridge Walking Tour allows you to walk on the catwalk below the road, onto the middle arch of the bridge. Friendly, knowledgeable guides will be with you whilst you see this bridge up close and personal.
The Wolf Sanctuary
Get in touch with your wild side and learn more about these mystic animals. The Wolf Sanctuary is a unique experience of viewing rescued wolves in a semi-free environment.
Tsitsikamma Segway Tours
Enjoy a guided tour through Storms River Village and to the Big Tree on a Segway Personal Transporter. This unusual but exhilarating form of transport provides a unique experience in the Tsitsikamma. Training included.
Untouched Adventures Storms River
Explore the magnificent Storms River Gorge. Start your trip on a kayak and paddle under the world famous suspension bridge, then transfer onto a lilo and explore further upriver where the canyon is narrower and deeper. An unforgettable experience.
Birding in Tsitsikamma
With various habitats - coastal, Fynbos, forest, riverine etc, twitchers can be kept busy all day.
Narina Trogans, Knysna Turacos (Loerie), Victorin´s Warbler, olive thrush, Chorister, Caoe and starred robins - interested? My mom has recorded over 80 species in her garden alone, add to that her other sightings and you are looking at close to 100 possible sightings.