Teambuilding in Tsitsikamma

BY Tsitsikamma Village Inn

With the start of the new year, get creative with your teambuilding activities and give your employees and colleagues a chance to relax and unwind while able to bond away from the work place.

Team building is vital in any company; not only is it a fantastic way for colleagues to network, socialise and get to know each other better, it also includes benefits such as:

  • Celebration, team spirit, fun and motivation
  • Creative collaboration
  • Communication and working better together as people and not as just colleagues

That being said, we have compiled a list of why you should be packing up and heading to the Tsitsikamma Village Inn for an action-packed adventure with your colleagues.

  1. We have beautiful, fully equipped conferencing facilities for all the nitty gritty. Yes, teambuilding activities are fun and may require you to work together physically, however a get-together in a gorgeous, green area to discuss and plan the year ahead counts too. We cater for up to 80 delegates and we provide everything from the projector to the pen and pad.

  2. We are a great base to explore the area. We are a central location from which our guests are able to explore hiking trails, the Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Bloukrans Bungee off the suspension bridge. There are also a number of fun activities to enjoy as a group, such as the Segway forest tours, black water tubing, canopy tours and kayak & lilo adventures. You are spoilt for choice.

  3. You are spoilt for choice within the village, too! When the day is done and you need a place to relax in the evening, we offer four different options for you to choose from. De Oude Martha restaurant is popular for the hearty, tasty and generous portions we serve. Hunters pub is rich with history and is beautifully decorated. Marilyn’s 60’s Diner is a well-known must-see along the Garden Route, and offers giant burgers and milkshakes to be enjoyed to the sounds of Elvis and the Beatles. The Tsitsikamma Microbrewery offers lots of their own original craft beers, local beers and they do food too. They also have lots of beer. BEER.

  4. You can extend your workshop without breaking the bank. The Tsitsikamma Village Inn offers 49 unique and individually decorated rooms, each with its own bathroom. We offer affordable rates for excellent service and a comfortable stay. PLUS – this means you can spend some extra time at the microbrewery, did we mention the craft beer?

Get in touch with us about organizing your next teambuilding adventure – village life style!

 January 19, 2017
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Christmas Menu 2016

BY Tsitsikamma Village Life

We love the excitement of the fast-approaching festive season that has taken over our staff at the lodge. The weather is warm, Christmas carols are going to be taking over the radio soon, and we get to share our Christmas menu with you to share of that excitement too! We can't wait to host another magical Christmas Day at our special place. 


Christmas Menu 2016

R235 per person


Welcome drink

Festive cocktail on arrival



Iced avocado gazpacho soup



Middle Eastern Couscous Salad
Greek Salad
Tropical Citrus Salad


Main dishes

Honey Glazed Gammon
Roast Turkey with a Cranberry Cream & Berry Compote
Deboned Leg of Lamb with a Red wine Jus
Roasted Vegetables, Creamed Spinach, Red Cabbage
Potato Wedges & Rice with Caramelised Onions'



Ice-Cream Bombe
Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard
Christmas Yule Log
Duo of Chocolate Mousse
Crackers, Mince Pies and Bon Bon’s



To book your Christmas lunch at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, please contact us directly on + 27 (0) 42 281 1711 or pop us abn email: info@tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za - let us take care of the rest! 

 November 23, 2016
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A Timeless Trek in Tsitsikamma

BY Marion Whitehead - SA Country Life

The article below was written by Marion Whitehead for the magazine South African Country Life. We were honoured to featured in such a wonderful magazine, and we have the article feauture on the Tsitsikamma Village Inn below. To read the full article and see more pictures, view their full article here. 


A snippet of the article:  A Timeless Trek in Tsitsikamma



A stroll back to my cosy room at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn soon sorts out my personal perambulation. I’m fascinated when my host, co-owner Chris Sykes, tells me the inn is on the site of what is believed to be the oldest building in the village, harking back to 1841. “Captain Thomas Duthie and his friends from Knysna used to come and shoot wild pigs in the forest. They walked on paths from the Crags and he built a shooting box here – today it’s our Hunters Pub.”

Once the pass was built, accommodation was needed for travellers waiting for the up or down day, according to the direction in which they were travelling. “Duthie’s Shooting Box became every traveller’s chosen place to rest at the end of their frightening and dangerous journey across the Storms River,” relates Chris. He and his partner, Irma de Villiers took over the Tsitsikamma Village Inn in 2010 after part of it was rebuilt to reflect the different styles of traditional Cape architecture.
A keen amateur historian, Chris has named one of the beers he brews at his Tsitsikamma Micro Brewery Bain’s Black Ale in tribute to the master road builder whose passes carried main road traffic between Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay until the modern N2 was built in the 1950s. “Once the Paul Sauer Bridge over the Storms River was completed in 1956, the old pass was closed,” says Chris.

Bain was known for treating his convict labourers well. They were a mixed bunch: black, white and coloured; errant soldiers and sailors, stock thieves and even murderers. He always ensured they had a good supply of meat and bread, because in those days they really did do hard labour. He laid out Storms River Village and built a dam to provide them with fresh water via a furrow that you can still see at Armagh Country Lodge.

“The furrow is shown on old maps,” says co-owner Johan Brink, “and this sparkling water quenched the convicts’ thirst at the end of a long day’s hard labour.”


Johan takes me bushwacking along an old path to the graveyard, where some convicts found their final resting place. It’s a peaceful spot under tall forest trees. The graves are little more than mounds in the leaf litter, most without so much as a simple headstone. “Some died while working on the pass – of disease, hard work, you name it. There were no antibiotics in those days and medical care was minimal,” says Johan, bending down to remove a broken branch from one. “The convicts are really the unsung heroes of the old pass.”

The trees nod gently in the breeze. Their hard labour is our heritage.


 November 17, 2016
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Summer Essentials: what to pack


Summer along the Garden Route is from November to March, with December to February seeing mid-summer daily temperatures of about 24-30ºC. That being said, we would have put together a list of essentials for you to pack for your summer holiday with us, to avoid any disappointment of missing out on all the opportunities in the village and in our area that comes with the summer weather


We encourage our guests to spend as much time enjoying the beautiful weather outdoors as much as possible. Whether you are out exploring the garden of the garden route, or relaxing with a good book around the pool, please remember to pack in some sunscreen to protect yourself from a nasty sunburn.


We have a beautiful pool that is open to our guests throughout summer. We are also nearby the Storms River mouth and sea, and you need to be prepared for any splashes while you sight-see!


The area of Tsitsikamma is often described as “the garden of the garden route”, as it is home to the popular Tsitsikamma National park, and is well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail. Don’t miss out on the beautiful hiking trails in and around Tsitsikamma and Storms River during your stay.


When you’re out and about exploring the area, you might want to pack a pair of airy, open shoes too.


Because there is no harm in looking fabulous while you explore!


A few light items to allow your arms and legs to breathe – jeans might be a little too warm in the summer heat, but bring a pair along just in case.


To further prevent sunburn, and keep you cool during a hike on one of our many trails.


We hope that this is good place to start while you plan your summer holiday with us, please comment below if you feel we've left anything out! 

 September 19, 2016
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10 Facts about our natural heritage

BY Tsitsikamma Village Life

We believe that, in order to take full advantage of the Storms River experience when staying with us at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, our guests should take the time to explore the beautiful area we call home. We often encourage our guests to visit the Tsitsikamma National Park for its rich history, and we have found some of our favorite facts about the park and our location as a whole for our guests to understand why visiting the park is so special.


  1. The Tsitsikamma region of the western Cape stretches from the Bloukrans river in the west, to Eerste Rivier to the east and on the north from the Tsitsikamma mountains to the Indian ocean in the south.

  2. The Tsitsikamma National Park forms part of the greater, well-known Garden Route National Park, an area covered by large areas of indigenous forest.

  3. The Tsitsikamma National Park is the largest marine reserve in South Africa, as well as being home to an indigenous rain forest that harbours 116 types of giant tree including the giant Outenique yellowwood trees.

  4. The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park hosts the world-famous Otter Trail -  a five-day hike where the Tsitsikamma Forest meets the Indian Ocean, and is 42km in distance.

  5. The Tsitsikamma area is also home to the Dolphin trail, and is claimed to be the easiest route to hike through the Tsitsikamma Forrest, and is 17km in distance.

  6. Storms River is one of the best places to go snorkelling or diving in the country, as you can expect encounters with anything from sea urchins, sponges and anemones to sharks and endemic fish that occur nowhere else in the world.

  7. In earlier days, Storms River was where local adventurers hunted elephant and buffalo. This was the inspiration behind the well-known Hunters Pub in the Tsitsikamma Village!

  8. Thomas Bain was the builder commissioned to construct a road through the Tsitsikamma in a bid to connect Port Elizabeth with Cape Town. He was responsible for the planning and construction of more than 900 km of roads and mountain passes, many of them still in use today.

  9. The N2 route between Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and Nature’s Valley in the Western Cape is about 230km, and if you were in a hurry you’d probably do the journey in less than three hours. However, taking your time lends to unexpected surprises and treasured moments.

  10. Today, the area of Storms River is home to the highest commercial bungee jump in the world – Bloukrans Bridge.


The Tsitsikamma Village Inn is proud to call this area home, and we are happy to advise our guests on the best sights, sounds, and adrenlaine-filled spots during their stay with us. 


*all information above has been gathered from www.southafrica.net





 August 25, 2016
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Why book with us this Winter


With the chilly season in full force, we have compiled a list of our favourite reasons of why you should treat yourself and your family to winter getaway at the magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn! We promise our guests comfort, great food and beautiful views all year round, regardless of the season.


  • Comfortable Accommodation

Our rooms are well equipped to keep you comfortable in winter. We provide extra bedding and electric blankets to make sure you are warm and snug throughout your stay with us.


"“From check-in to check-out we had an excellent experience. Staff were welcoming, friendly and efficient from reception to housekeeper - always with a smile. The rooms are set around a village green and feature different building styles, with the mountains as a backdrop. They have been beautifully decorated and have all the mod cons you need - hospitality tray/ TV / hairdryer, white cotton bed linen, soft fluffy towels, comfortable pillows, extra blanket and an electric blanket ! There is off road parking and wi-fi. Breakfast was an extensive buffet with eggs being cooked to order, and a dinner in Marilyn's Diner is a must. . We would highly recommend this establishment to any traveller.” 
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  • Comfort Food

There is nothing better than a hearty meal when it’s cold outside! The village has a number of restaurants that offer our guests’ affordable, satisfying meals, and each offer a unique experience. De Oude Martha restaurant is well known for their tuis-gebakte traditional meals, and is our onsite restaurant where we serve our buffet breakfasts daily. Marilyn’s 60’s Diner is an American style restaurant that is well known for its large and tasty burgers.


"American nostalgia and great burgers to match. The décor is great and the vehicles and bikes of yesteryear are great to see. This was an experience!!”
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  • Location, location, location

The hotel is a perfect base to explore the natural beauty and activities of the Tsitsikamma area, close to the Tsitsikamma National Park that offers many hiking trails throughout the park. Storms River is also home to the Bloukrans Bridge, which is the highest commercial bungy jump in the world. We are also close to several other outdoor activities that are available during winter, such as canopy tours, segway forest tours, and zipline tours.


  • It’s never too cold for good beer

Our onsite brewery, the Tsitsikamma Microbrewery, offers a great selection of our own ales and craft beers, as well as other South African craft beers. Is it ever too cold to have a beer?


  • Our fantastic specials

Enjoy all the great things in the Tsitsikamma Village highlighted above at fantastic prices over the winter season! We have a fantastic winter special running, where you can save up to 30% off on your bookings with us. We also have an adventure packed special running, the Awesome Foursome Special, that includes the very best of all the village has to offer! This package includes two nights for two at the magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn, a burger at Marilyn’s 60s Diner, a Segway forest tour AND a zipline tour for two!


 July 14, 2016
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