Fast Facts About the Area
- How to get there: The Tsitsikamma Forest is easily accessible by road from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.
- How to get around: On foot, or by vehicle, or take one of the available guided tours.
- Length of stay: We recommend at least two nights, as there is so much to see and do in the area.
- Best time to visit: Tsitsikamma and surrounds can be visited all year round.
- What to eat: The Tsitsikamma Village Inn offers four onsite restaurants, and Storms River Village has a range of eateries. There are also a number of restaurants in Storms River for you to choose from, including the Tsitrus Cafe and Cattle Baron.
- What to see: The area of Tsitsikamma and Storms River offers a wide variety of activities for you to choose from. Whether you are traveling as a couple or with children, there is something for everyone in Tsitsikamma. View the activities here.
- Essentials to pack: Comfortable shoes, your camera, extra camera batteries, sweaters, a jacket, comfy hiking pants, shorts, jeans, swimsuit, hat, flipflops, hiking shoes, sunglasses, high SPF sunscreen, aftersun, a good book to read, travel journal and pen.
- Best to do in winter: snuggle up and enjoy the fireplace in the Hunters Pub. Drink Hot Chocolate at the Marylin's 60's Diner, visit the Wolf Sancutary, go on the Woodcutter Journey, visit the Storm River Arts and Craft Centre, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Visit the Big Tree and do the Otter Trail (5 day trail).
- Best to do in summer: Bungy Jumping, Ziplining, do a Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, Snorkeling, Canyoning, do a Segway Tour, Scuba Diving, Bird watching, Blackwater Tubing, Storm River Cycling trail, Hiking.
Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.
The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and fynbos. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea.
A mild all year round climate allows one to make the most of all the outdoor activities that are on offer. Tsitsikamma National Park, declared in 1964, encompasses a marine reserve made up of 80km of coastline and offers the visitor magnificent scenery, walks, a small beach, restaurant and shop. The famous Storms River Suspension Bridge spans the river mouth.
At the most western side of the Tsitsikamma, is a hidden gem, Natures Valley. Numerous trails and a beautiful beach are to be found here. This is where the world renowned Otter finishes, and Tsitsikamma Mountain trails starts.
Storms River Village
Storms River Village is located between Storms River (Paul Sauer) Bridge and the Storms River Mouth, approximately a kilometre south of the N2. It’s surrounded by plantations and forest. The quaint, peaceful village consists of 100 erven that were laid out in 1860.
The main attraction of the Village is a number of great adventure-type activities operated from or close to the village. Options include the Tsitsikamma treetop canopy tour, woodcutters journey, black water tubing, mountain bike hire, segway trips, kayak & kloofing, scuba & snorkelling, abseiling, Tsitsikamma zipline tours, Tsitsikamma boat cruise, bunjy jumping (highest in the world!), hiking and walking.
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 with the well-known suspension bridge that spans it.
Other facilities include a restaurant and dining deck with great ocean views, a tidal pool and a small curio and convenience store.