The Glacier Storms River Traverse Spirit

BY Tsitsikamma Village Inn

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!

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


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”

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


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

 June 13, 2018
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A day of romance in the magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn:


"Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze." -Elinor Glyn

With the month of love approaching, let us share with you the old-world charm and romance of our quint little village, Tsitsikamma Village Inn.
Tucked away in the lush Tsitsikamma forest, Our Albert and Victoria Honeymoon cottage is situated next to a typical village green. These honeymoon suites are in a late Victorian styled building with beautiful sash windows and beautiful garden views. The perfect setting for that long intimate conversations with your loved one.
Take an early morning hike and watch the sunrise as the sun romances the earth to a new day.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast and take a stroll through the beautiful gardens afterwards, snuggle up at the Hunter’s Pub for a romantic lunch, enjoy a poolside drink at Café Bucchus as the sun sets over the mountains and relive the romance of the 1960’s at the Marilyn’s 60’s Diner as you share a delicious gourmet milkshake.
If you are the adventurous couple who loves building memories together, stay another night and enjoy some of the activities the area has to offer.
Find the romantic and magical moments in your life at our Tsitsikamma Village Inn this year.

 January 30, 2018
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Christmas Carols at the magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn:


Christmas, it’s the season to be jolly and we will be having a lot of magical moments at Tsitsikamma this year along with all our guests.
To get you in the spirit of Christmas and give you that warm fuzzy feeling, we thought of just informing you of some of the things to look forward to this year.
Our staff will be making their own Christmas decorations and each department have their own little tree to decorate. Golden stars, singing angles, flickering fairy lights, sparkly sashes and Santa, this is what you can expect to see in each department.
Our mouthwatering Christmas menu will be as follows:
Festive Cocktail on arrival
Iced Avocado Gazpacho Soup
Middle Eastern Couscous Salad
Greek Salad
Tropical Citrus Salad
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
We can already smell the sweet aromas of the gammon and Christmas pudding. Come and sing Christmas carols with us by the dancing Christmas lights and make this year extra special!

Book a room for you and your family or join us for the Christmas meal.

For reservations for the Christmas meal, please  
Contact Angie on 042-2811711 or admin@tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za

 November 09, 2017
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8 Child – Friendly adventures in the Tsitsikamma


If you are a family of fun-loving adrenaline junkies and would love to come to the Tsitsikamma on holiday, but unsure of what’s available for families with children, we have listed 10 activities that any child would love and that is suitable for the whole family:

  1. Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours - A first in Africa. Enjoy the unequalled beauty of the forest high up on ten treetop platforms.  The platforms provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting New World. All ages between 7 years and 70 years are allowed.
  1. Storms River Suspension Bridge – It is a fairly easy route with magnificent views of the Tsitsikamma forest and the churning waters of the river entering the Indian Ocean. There are enough places to sit and rest and lookout points whilst spotting the birds keeping you company on the way.
  1. Untouched Adventures – Experience snorkelling, guided Scuba Dives, Kayak and Lilo.
  1. Segway Tours – Segway through Stormsriver Village and into the local indigenous forest with a majestic 800 year old Yellowwood Big Tree. One will experience the breathtaking beauty of our forest up close and on the comfort of your Segway. Contact Tsitsikamma Segway Tours or refer to our Awesome Foursome Package.
  1. Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure – Experience Waterfall Zipline Tours, Gravity Zone Abseiling and Quade Bike Tours.
  1. Hiking the forest to the Big Tree - Tsitsikamma is where you will find some of the most pristine forest areas and forest trails in the whole of the Garden Route, equalled only by the forests in the Knysna area. Most of the indigenous forests in the western section of the Garden Route fall within the Tsitsikamma National Park.
  1. Woodcutters Journey - Explore 100 different tree species including the beautiful “Giants” of the forest – the Outeniqua yellowwoods. Lose yourself in the dappled sunlight filtering through the canopy above and breathe deeply! Perfect for the whole family – no strenuous walking, just beautiful scenery, fantastic knowledge and good food.
  1. Tsitsikamma Adventure Land – Experience the beautiful views of the pine forest, open green pastures, the Tsitsikamma mountains, the Tsitsikamma Coast line and the Tsitsikamma National Park on Quad bikes.

These activities will ensure a memorable getaway for the whole family. Tsitsikamma Village Inn is conveniently located as a base to all these activities as we are closely located to all. Our Awesome Foursome package also include 2 of these activities, with a Burger from our Marilyn’s 60’s Diner and buffet breakfast when you stay 2 nights (per person) with us.
Book our Awesome Foursome here.

 August 29, 2017
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