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Tsitsikamma and Stormsriver

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Something for everyone

Although the river mouth is prepared for visitors, magnificent Mother Nature can be found living wild all around. You’ll see splashes of her in the waves that pound the rocks, in the tangled forests and along the peaceful rivers. Here, there are myriad places where you can escape and be alone with her. The Stormsriver/Tsitsikamma forest and coastal reserve extend for 80km between The Crags and Eersterivier. Along this region a few quaint little villages can be found which are great for exploring. Stormsriver itself comprises of not much more than a few buildings - so don’t expect to go shopping for ostrich skin backpacks here. But do expect to find bushbuck, clawless otters, dolphins and whales, ancient trees and rare birds like the Knysna Loerie and the Narina trogon. The area has become a bit of an adrenaline junkie’s haven with the bungy jumping off the nearby Bloukrans Bridge (216m high, free falling at 180km an hour), Blackwater Tubing, abseiling and mountain biking.

Hiking the Otter Trail

Keen hikers can try to get onto the Otter Trail. This five day hike from Stormsriver to Nature’s Valley is sensational. The trail is booked up a year in advance, but last minute cancellations happen all the time and small groups are likely to get on. The trail hugs the coastline and cliffs climbing through fynbos and forest. Quiet walkers might be blessed with a sighting of the shy Cape clawless otter in the early morning.

The Tsitsikamma Trail

This inland walk through the indigenous forest and fynbos of the Tsitsikamma Mountains runs in the opposite direction to the Otter Trail. It covers a distance of 64 km and takes 5 days. Unlike the Otter Trail it can be broken into shorter sections if you don’t want to do the full hike.

The name “Tsitsikamma” was derived from a Hottentot word meaning “clear” or “sparkling water”.

There are no banks in Stormsriver so make sure you do all your banking in Plett or J’Bay.

Check out the Indiana Jones type suspension bridge that crosses the Storms River.