The Stormsriver Redux …
Tsitsikamma and Stormsriver Village are a travelers paradise and haven. Offering both the adventure head or the cruisy traveler a veritable smorgasbord of goodness to get your holiday on.
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 Stormsriver 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.
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 eleven hundreds. That’s roughly ten generations of humans. It’s kind of awe-inspiring, beautiful and carries a real sense of gravitas.
The National Park ( A Wild Card gets you in free) is probably one of my favorite places in the world, although the restaurant is touristy and caters for the international wallet, but don’t let that put you off 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 much to do, a good place to start is the easy hike to the iconic suspension bridge which traverses the Stormsriver Mouth. If you’re feeling energetic hike up the viewpoint once you have crossed the bridge for a truly panoramic view of the whole mouth or just cross the bridges, there 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.
There are few things more spectacular than the Canpoy Tour you can do in Stormsriver, just outside of the village you hook yourself onto zip lines that allow you slide 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.
I had previously done a whistle-stop tour at the start of the Going Homeless Project – read about it here.