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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The Big Tree in the Tsitsikamma Forest


This big, yellowwood tree is between 600 and 800 years old, and has been a popular tourist attraction for many years.

The yellowwood is a beautiful pale, unblemished wood and some of the yellowwood trees are over a thousand years old. A glimpse of some of these magnificent trees that survived the effects of the industry that revolved around their wood, can be viewed within a short walk when visiting the home of the Big Tree.

Near Plettenberg Bay, nestled in the Tsitsikamma Forest, this miraculous 36,6m tall tree with a trunk circumference of 9m, towers above all other trees. A well-maintained boardwalk leads visitors through the cool, lush forest. The boardwalk is only 1km and can easily be walked in 10 minutes. From the tree, there are 2 additional trails for the slightly more intrepid hiker.

The trail to the Big Tree is an easy walk, enjoyable on any day of the year and it is free!

The Big Tree is situated in close proximity of Tsitsikamma Village Inn. The perfect day-activity for the whole family. There are also other great adventures in the area.

For more information on these other activities, please follow this link: https://www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/activities

 July 26, 2017
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Tsitsikamma Village Inn's secret to warming up this winter:


With the cold weather outside, we have something delicious to warm you up on the inside. Our famous Malayan Lamb with Apricots and Banana Raita, will leave you with warm, hearty memories of our beautiful Tsitsikamma Village Inn.
This secret recipe from our staggeringly excellent chef includes: leg of lamb, Sunflower seed, Malyatas apricots, cinnamon sticks, chilli powder, garam masala, brown grape vinegar, cardamoms, fresh onions, garlic cloves, ground cumin, tomatoes, bananas, mint and yoghurt.
Imagine the warm golden colours, the spicy aromas of masala and chilli, the soft mouth-watering leg of lamb combined with the sweet apricots on a cold winter afternoon. Combine this image with an excellent glass of wine in a small-town restaurant, with the sun lingering through the big trees in the garden. This paints the picture for a perfect winters-day at Tsitsikamma Village Inn.
This recipe is especially created to make our guest feel right at home and make the picture of a perfect winter’s day a reality. Here at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, this perfect winters-day is waiting for you!

 June 09, 2017
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Useful Information for our International Tourists:


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.

 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.

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


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.

 March 28, 2017
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