Small is the new big …
So after an unexpectedly busy visit to Plettenberg Bay, i headed towards Stormsriver and Tsitsikamma for another whistle-stop visit to a little village with a difference and a very unique way to see the town.
Stormsriver has to rank as one of the coolest and quirkiest places on earth, stuck between towering mountain peaks and beautiful coastline, the village itself is tiny, but don’t be fooled by it, it packs a punch when it comes to getting your pulse on the go.
I arrived at the Tsitsikamma backpackers and was immediately enveloped by the serenity and beauty of the place, situated in the village on a great piece of land that is strewn with indigenous trees and plants, it offers dorms, doubles and all the usual amenities, as well as great tented accommodation dotted in the garden.
After chatting to Michelle and Andre, the almost brand new owners, i would be hard pressed not to recommend this place, their vision is for an epic (and green) experience that seamlessly ties you into the adventure and beauty of the area, all while being housed in a well equipped comfortable house or tent with super friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you get your groove on.
A special mention must go to the porch, heavy on the sunshine, a cup of joe and a killer view it’s the near perfect way to start your day … before trying one of several dozen adventure tours available, there is however one i recommend starting with …
It’s brand spanking new, the only operator in the Western Cape and a totally unique experience worth trying. Andre has started offering off road Segway tours that give you a little rumble through the forests and the village.
It’s totally cool, after a quick orientation and get to know your marvelous machine we headed off. As a way to get around … awesome, as a tour where you get to see the place and ride a Segway … totally awesome!
After a quick farewell, i was back on the road for the obligatory stop at the Stormsriver bridge after which i headed onto the Tsitsikamma Falls for some Zip Lining organized by Stephanie at gogardenroute.co.za with the Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure crew.
As far as an adventure activity goes, my only complaint was that it was over to soon! I could have kept going all afternoon.
The crew, Wilson and Charles, guided me around the eight lines you traverse, the longest being two hundred and eleven meters. You cross the gorge a few times, hover over waterfalls and its hard not to be smiling at the end of the tour.
It’s beautiful, epic and a boat load of fun.
This is definitely worth doing. In fact if you skip it you missing one of the more adrenalin fueled tours that anyone can take part in, from young kids to your gran.
Reluctantly it was back in the van and on to the legendary Jeffrey’s Bay Island Vibe Backpackers for a night.
Again time constraints allowed me to barely scratch the surface of Stormsriver but there is a planned redux coming soon.
Thanks to HI South Africa, Michelle & Andre at Tsitsikamma Backpackers (and for the amazing Segway Tour), Stephanie at www.gogardenroute.co.za and Dennis at the Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure for the awesome stay and killer activities.