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The Inn Receives Recognition of Excellence Award

We've been working hard on keeping our guests happy, and receiving an 8/10 Recognition of Excellence Award from HotelsCombined for 2018 makes us incredibly proud! Recognition of excellence is a symbol of quality. It allows potential customers to feel confident in choosing you for their next stay.

Thank you for all of the incredible support last year, we can't wait to see what the future holds.

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6 Things To Do And See Whilst In The Tsitsikamma

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The Tsitsikamma region is filled with fun outdoor activities and things to do and see – be sure to give yourself a few nights here to enjoy all it has to offer.


Here are our top 6 picks to do while in the area:


1. Face Adrenalin Bloukrans Bungy
The legendary Bloukrans Bungy is the world’s third highest jump, and the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the Rolls Royce of bungy’s and access to the jump point on the top of the arch is via a specially engineered walkway underneath the road deck, an almost mystical experience.
Height: At 216m, Bloukrans is only 17m shorter than the world’s highest bungy.


2. Guided Bridge Walking Tours
Too scared to take the big leap? Don’t fear, you can enjoy a personally-guided tour of the bridge and bungy system to gain a first-hand understanding of the most high-profile adrenalin sport on the planet. Bridge tours take place daily, experienced tour guides will take you on a historical journey through the environment conquered by bridge engineers many years ago. It also has the perfect view to watch the thrill seekers jumping off the bridge. 

3. Paul Sauer Bridge 
The Paul Sauer Bridge, built in 1954, spans the impressive Storms River Gorge on South Africa’s Garden Route. It is erroneously known to many as the ‘Storms River Bridge’. It is a marvel of architecture and engineering and was designed by Italian Riccardo Morandi. 

4. Big Tree 
The well sign-posted and much-loved “Big Tree” is located close to Tsitsikamma Village along the N2. A pathway through indigenous bush leads to this magnificent Yellowwood giant and walking to the tree takes about 10 minutes. The tree is estimated to be ±800 years old, it stands 36.6 metres high and has a circumference of almost 9 metres.
 
5. Storms River Village 
Storms River is located between Paul Sauer Bridge and the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, south of the N2. It’s surrounded by trees – both pine plantations and lush, indigenous forest. The peaceful village is a quaint collection of smallholdings, houses and a couple of shops. 
The main attraction of the Village is a number of great adventure-type activities operated from or close to the village, also known as the Adventure Capital of South Africa.


Options include the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, Woodcutters Journey, Black Water Tubing, renting of mountain bikes, kayak & kloof, scuba & snorkel, Tsitsikamma boat dives, boat cruise, hiking and walking etc. 

6. Storms River Mouth 
The Storms River Mouth section of the Tsitsikamma National Park is very scenic and a must-visit. A number of short trails (2-6km) allow you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline. The most popular walk is to the river mouth and over the well-known suspension bridge that spans it. 
Other facilities include a restaurant with a deck that promises great ocean views and cold beer, a tidal pool, and a small curios and convenience store.

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 June 14, 2019
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Craft Beer All The Way!

BY Tsitsikamma Microbrewery

Having our very own brewery in the village, the Tsitsikamma Microbrewery, we thought we would share some of the best reasons to drink craft beer – and craft beer only!

We have chosen these few as our top nine, and while not many need reasons to drink craft beer at all, this is why you should be ordering a craft beer as soon as you get the chance to:

It just tastes better
Craft beers are less watery than beers brewed in bulk, making them the tastier choice at any given time.


Know your ingredients
Craft beer companies will tell you every little bit that goes into that glass of yours, and some will even show you how it’s made too. Bigger companies that brew in bulk have a reputation for not being completely honest with the components of your everyday beers. While these are unconfirmed, we recommend you have a craft beer instead anyways… just to be safe.

Health benefits
Craft beer contains a variety of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants – more so than the well-praised glass of red wine! It has been shown that the antioxidant ferulic acid is taken up from beer into the body more efficiently than from the tomato.  Read more about the health benefits of craft beer at www.craftbeer.com


More Alcohol
This is a personal favourite for us! Craft beers come in all shapes and sizes, but they all pack a mean punch compared to the watered down everyday beers. Taking this into consideration, this saves you both money and trips to the loo – because, in theory, you could drink less than you would an average beer.

Conversation starter
When you explore different parts of South Africa, or different parts of the world, describing each uniquely brewed beer from that area is always a great experience to share with your friends and family.

Meet the brewers
One of the greatest benefits of drinking craft beer is that you can visit a local craft brewery where your favourite craft beer is made and actually meet the people that making the beer! As with our Tsitsikamma Microbrewery, we invite our guests to watch our brew masters in action and take a tour of the brewery before sampling our beers.  It is also said that, people who make craft beer, are some of the nicest people you will come to meet.

Support the local economy
Firstly, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit our brewery and support our small establishment. Smaller craft breweries need the love and support to keep their passion going!

Greater variety
One of the best reasons to buy a craft beer is that you will always find new and exciting beers to sample. For example, we brew two original craft beers at the Tsitsikamma Microbrewery that is unique to our area, namely: Storms River Ale and Redwood Ale.

The extra mile
Have you ever been to a boring craft brewery? Each brewery will find a creative and unique way to aid the customer experience of tasting something special. Some give away T-shirts, some have creative glassware. For our personal touch for our own brewery, we deliver our beer by bicycle to our guests staying at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn!

Not all beers are created equal! We would love to hear some of your own reasons to drink craft beer, get in touch with us and we look forward to meeting new faces at our special place soon! 

For more information:
www.topofthehopsbeerfest.com
www.lordsofthedrinks.com
 

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 May 30, 2019
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The magical Christmas Menu 

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The dancing of bright and colorful lights, Christmas carols, the smell of Honey glazed Gammon and roast Turkey and warm friendly smiles. That is what you will find at our magical Christmas table.
 
We have carefully selected each dish to make sure there is something to satisfy every need for every guest. Our Christmas Menu is as follows:
Festive Cocktail on arrival
 
Chilled Peach Soup
Pomegranate and Pear Salad
Greek Salad; Caprese Salad; Tropical Citrus Salad; Salmon Terrine
Honey Glazed Gammon
Roast Turkey with Cranberry Cream & Berry Compote
Deboned Leg of Lamb with a Red wine Jus
Honey Roasted Butternut and Cranberries with Feta sprinkles
Roasted Vegetables, Creamed Spinach, Red Cabbage
Potato Wedges & Rice with Caramelised Onions
Ice-Cream Bombe
Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard
Christmas Pavlova Wreath
Duo of Chocolate Mousse; Elizabethan Trifle
Whole Brie with Caramelized Pecans and Cranberries
Crackers, Mince Pies and Bon Bon’s
 
Come over and spend a magical time making memories with friends and family this Christmas.
Contact Angie on 042-2811711 or admin@tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za
The Team is looking forward to hosting you on this very special day!

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 November 28, 2018
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The Glacier Storms River Traverse Spirit

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This year at the Glacier Storms River Traverse was full of excitement and many personal accomplishments. Our riders saw some of the most beautiful views of mountains, plantations and the coastline. The supporters had a blast at the Tsitsikamma Village inn whilst waiting for their friends and family to finish the course and head in for scrumptious meals and a celebration of the day’s personal victories.
 
With the kids running around, the laughter of the supporters, the joys of the riders and the anticipation of  everyone, this event was not to be missed. If you missed it, do not worry because Rookie Biesheuvel sumed up the spirit of the Glacier Storms River Traverse so perfectly in the following piece written by Michael Vlismas:
 
TSITSIKAMMA VILLAGE, Eastern Cape (12 August 2018) – Gauteng’s Stuart Biesheuvel surprised even himself when he took the solo men’s title in the Glacier Storms River Traverse and riding in only the second stage race of his short mountain biking career. And a veteran endurance athlete described his victory as exactly why this event is so important to local mountain biking.
The 26-year-old Biesheuvel, a Sandton resident who arrived at this race having only done one stage race before this, took full advantage of a race that prides itself on being a relaxed and fun introduction to stage racing and won the three-day event in a time of 5:51.06.
“It’s fantastic and I’m quite surprised myself,” said the 26-year-old Biesheuvel, who admits to still being “really new to this whole scene”.
“It was a great end to such a good race. I loved the atmosphere of this race. It’s made me think I may have to step up my training a bit and take this a bit more seriously.”
And Carel Bosman, a veteran of endurance racing at both a mountain bike and running level, was thrilled to hear of Biesheuvel’s experience.
“It’s normally what happens at events like these. You don’t have all your top professionals competing and it allows a rider like that to get a little bit of experience and build his confidence. I was looking at the times here and I noticed a lot of really talented youngsters in this field, and it’s wonderful to see because that’s the future of mountain biking in South Africa,” said Bosman, who added that he was also pleasantly surprised by his experience at this race.
“This event has been such a surprise for me personally. You would never have thought you could find such an amazing race in this part of the world. There are so many riders here who are taking part in their first stage race, and you can see why they picked this one. The routes are fantastic. They’re not flat, but it’s exactly the stuff mountain bikers enjoy. You also don’t want it to be overly technical. So although you need to keep your wits about you, it’s still very family friendly. But even if you want to go hard, there’s enough distance and enough climbing to test you.
“South Africa is by far the world leader when it comes to stage races, and that’s the international market telling us this. There is no other country that puts together stage races the way we do it.”
 
If you would like to read more about this amazing event, read more on The Storms River Traverse website at: www.stormsrivertraverse.co.za. All the photos of the event can also be seen on their Facebook page.
 
Be sure not to miss The Glacier Storms River Traverse of 2019. See you there!

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 August 31, 2018
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Who is Marilyn at Marylin's 60's Diner?

BY TSITSIKAMMA VILLAGE LIFE

Our famous Marilyn’s 60’s Diner is named after this phenomenal woman who contributed to making the 60’s era such a magnificent era. In this blog, we give you the scoop on why we decided to name our famous Diner after her.
 
On June 1, 1926 Norma Jeane Mortenson was born, in Los Angeles, California. Subsequently her mother Gladys changed their surname to Baker. During her all-too-brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood she never knew her father. Her mother Gladys developed psychiatric problems and was eventually placed in a mental institution. Growing up, Monroe spent much of her childhood in foster care and in an orphanage.


In 1937, a family friend and her husband, Grace and Doc Goddard, took care of her for a few years. When Doc’s job was transferred in 1942 to the East Coast, the couple could not afford to bring Monroe with them. Despising the idea of going back to the orphanage, at only 16 years old Monroe married James Dougherty.
In 1944, Monroe and a few other women who worked with her at Radioplane were asked to pose for photographs by a military unit making a film for army training purposes. This is Monroe’s overnight success story becoming one of the world’s biggest and most enduring sex symbols.


She had three spouses:
James Dougherty 1942 – 1946, Joe DiMiaggio 1954 – 1954, Arthur Miller 1956 – 1961
On May 19, 1962 Monroe made her last significant public appearance singing, “Happy birthday” at a birthday party for President John. F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden. The dress she wore to the event, specially designed for her by Jean Louis, sold at an auction in 1999 for USD $ 26 million.


Sadly on August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe died in her home in Los Angeles at the age of 36. Joe DiMiaggio claimed her body and arranged her funeral. For 20 years he delivered half a dozen roses to her crypt three times a week.


“Behind the makeup & behind the smile
I’m just the girl who wishes for the world”

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 July 11, 2018
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Elvis Presley at the Marilyn's 60's Diner

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Marilyn’s 60’s Diner, at our lovely Tsitsikamma Village Inn, celebrates the sensational 60’s era of Marilyn Manroe and Elvis Presley with jukebox classics, stunning classic cars and bikes and the all-American Burger and cold milkshakes.


We decided to give you a little background on the phenomenal icon, Elvis Presley, that contributed in making this era so sensational.


Elvis Aaron Presley, in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two bedded room in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon was still born, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.


Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.
He starred in 33 successful films and made history with his television appearances and specials. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S Army.


His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma and good humor endeared him to million’s, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.
 
“My voice is God’s will, not mine.” – Elvis

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 June 13, 2018
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