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BY TSITSIKAMMA VILLAGE LIFE

We know that when you travel to a foreign country, finding all the necessary information can be very tedious and you hardly get it without a lot of effort. That is why we decided to put all the information you might need in one place.

  • South Africa’s President: Jacob Zuma
  • Size: 1,221,037 sq km
  • Capitals of SA: Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)
  • Population numbers: 43.1 million (77% black, 10% white, 8% mixed race, 2.5% Indian or Asian descent.)
  • Religions: Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and traditional religions
  • Major Industry: mining, finance, insurance, food, tourism
  • Languages: There are 11 official languages. The English-speaking tourist will experience no difficulties, neither the Dutch nor Flemish speakers. The Tsitsikamma Village Inn Team is very fluent in English.
  • Currency: The currency unit is the Rand (R) , with 100 cents making up R1 (one Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Changes. Most major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and their affiliates are widely accepted.
  • Fuel Purchases: Credit cards are accepted for fuel purchases in South Africa. South African Rand cash is also excepted.
  • Time: South Africa operates two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year, making it an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Winter Time and seven hours behind Australian Central Time.
  • Climate: South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April. Here at The Tsitsikamma Village Inn we have summer rainfall and moderate temperature throughout the whole year.
  • Visas: All visitors to South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country, and in some cases, a visa. To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, visit the comprehensive South African Home Affairs Department website at http://home-affairs.gov.za
  • Electricity: South Africa’s electricity supply: 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz. Most plugs have three round pins but some plugs with two smaller pins are also found on appliances. Adapters can be purchased but may be in short supply. US-made appliances may need a transformer.
  • Driving: All visitors intending to drive are required to obtain an international drivers permit, visitors found driving without a permit will be fined and not permitted to continue on their journey. Visitors will also not be able to rent a car without a valid driver’s permit. The wearing of seat-belts is compulsory and strictly enforced by law.
  • Airports: The 3 major international airports in South Africa are the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport (Durban) as well as 90 regional airports including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit.
  • Travel by Road: South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Speed limits are set at 120 kilometres on highways; 100 kilometres on secondary roads and 60 kilometres in urban areas.
  • Health: Many foreigners are unaware that South Africa has a well-developed infrastructure, high standards of water treatment and medical facilities equal to the best in the world. In a great many medical disciplines, South Africa is a global leader. Malaria is found only in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is not much of a risk in the winter months. Although the incidence of malaria is rare, it would be best to take adequate precautions if you choose to visit these areas. The tap water in South Africa is safe and free from harmful micro-organisms. In South African hotels and restaurants, the standard of hygiene and food preparation is of the highest quality. Fresh fruits and salads can be eaten as much as you like. Visitors who are entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Only infants under the age of one year are exempt. Immunisation against cholera and small pox are not required and no other vaccinations are required when visiting South Africa.

We hope that this information is useful to you and that we will be seeing you soon.

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 May 25, 2017
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Why you should have a beer TODAY!

BY Tsitsikamma Microbrewery

A beer a day might actually keep the doctor away! We have compiled a list of health-orientated reasons you should be enjoying an ice old beer daily, here’s why:

  • Beer has anticancer properties
  • It reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • It aids in the prevention of dementia
  • It is also an aid to the digestive system
  • Beer consists of anti-aging properties
  • Beer is used in the treatment of diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and hypertension.
  • It acts as a serious stress buster
  • Beer contributes towards the prevention of Anemia
  • It cleanses the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Beer consists of more protein and Vitamin B content than wine
  • Hops, usually found in brewing beer, are potent with antioxidants
  • Beer increases ones creativity (who knew?)
  • Increases recovery time after a workout
  • It can give you an instant confidence boost
  • It aids in lowering your blood pressure
  • boost your immune system and fight infections
  • A couple beers a day could actually strengthen your bones, as it increases bone density
  • Good ol’ beer even helps with the prevention of coronary disease

 
Never fear when a beer is near!
If you’re staying at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, look no further for the perfect place to enjoy a healthy beer! Pop in and enjoy a tasting set of some of our finest original crafts.

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 April 18, 2017
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TripAdvisor's Top 10 Restaurants in Storms River

BY TSITSIKAMMA VILLAGE LIFE

Planning your trip to the Tsitsikamma - you have packed in your hiking shoes, your walking shoes and your running shoes for the best adventure of your life OR  you are ready to kick off your working shoes and put on your comfy, relaxed flipflops for some quality time with your family and friends.


Whichever get-away you are planning, be assured that you can have a taste of the flavours of the world right here in Storms River! There is enough to choose from for the adventurous and the peaceful.


You can choose from Italian Delicatessen, have true South African grainfed beef, experience an American 1960’s Diner, experience an “Old World” al-fresco dining and experience cuisine right from a mother’s kitchen.


With that being said, we have compiled a list of the top 10 restaurants in the Storms River Area to give you an overview of the culinary that can be expected when visiting this area.

 

  1. Tsitrus Café – Try out their Italian Pizza Cafe Delicatessen, prepared in a wood fired oven, with a fantastic cup of coffee whilst your kids play in the playground. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed outdoor seating area or inside the beautiful authentically decorated area.

  2. Tsitsikamma Cattle Baron – they are situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park "Storms River Mouth" taking pride in their strong family tradition with traditional booth seating and a comprehensive menu selection. They offer perfectly aged grainfed beef that is consistently juicy, tender and full of flavour. This is a great venue to relax and unwind.

  3. Marilyn's 60's Diner (On Site) - Proudly sporting the all American Burger and cold milkshakes, the diner invites you to a throwback of a dining experience altogether. Enjoy jukebox classics and take snaps of the stunning classic cars and bike collection, celebrating the sensational ‘60s era of none other than Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Come Shake, Rattle and Roll at the retro Marilyn's 60s Diner!

  4. The Bistro at Bitou – If you are looking for a cosy and arty atmosphere, this is the restaurant to pay a visit. For the colder days, log fires will warm you up whilst enjoying a good cup of coffee and for the warmer days there is a big lawn with seating where you can sip on something cold from the menu. They are situated in the tourist information centre offering a gift shop, an art shop and bistro in one location.

  5. Tsitsikamma Micro Brewery (On Site) - The latest addition to the Tsitsikamma Village Inn is our micro-brewery, brewing up uniquely local brews available on tap. Our one of kind brewery tap room can be found between our Hotel and Marilyn’s 60’s Diner.  The beer is brewed according to the 1487 German Reinheitsgebot and the ingredients are carefully selected and the water is from our very own well – giving you that original Tsitsikamma brewery taste.

  6. Tsitsikamma Restaurant – this is a beautiful setting with amazing Seafood Grills. They offer amazing views and good portions. You can also access a small beach and the suspension bridges from here.

  7. De Oude Martha (On Site) - Surrounded by a wide verandah, looking out onto the Village square, the décor is a blend of today and yesterday. We use fresh, often organic and local ingredients with fresh herbs from our garden mixed with a detail of love to create traditional meals. Cosy in winter and cool in summer, De Oude Martha has good food and friendly staff all year around. The doors always open, stop by and experience the heart of this historic restaurant.

  8. Cafe Bacchus (On Site) - This al-fresco dining area is set in a beautiful courtyard looking onto the fountain in the middle, complimented by an enchanting statue of the delightful Bacchus himself. Indulge in one of our freshly baked cakes and a spot of tea overlooking the swimming pool and play area across from Cafe Bacchus. The menu consists of a selection of snacks, main meals and teatime treats. Stop in anytime for an old-world experience.

  9. Rafters – This restaurant create true, South African dishes prepared by their chefs who are all local and learned to cook in their mother’s kitchen. Log fires in the winter, good music, great service and true South African food prepared with love. This is what you can expect from a visit to Rafters.

  10. Andelomi Forest Lodge - Visitors can look forward to a wonderful selection of local, pub and gourmet meals cooked to perfection by their chef, Mike. The restaurant is run by Mike and he is an experienced and passionate chef who takes pride in preparing tasty dishes.

Don’t go hungry on your get-away and pay these restaurants a visit.

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 March 28, 2017
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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!

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 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

 

Soups

Iced avocado gazpacho soup

 

Salads

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'

 

Desserts

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! 

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 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.

 

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 November 17, 2016
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