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Like a scene out of an Agatha Christie novel, the charming Storms River village lies deep in a wooded area. It’s a pity the village is such a short distance from the main N2 highway otherwise one would half expect Miss Marple to appear at a house window. Storms River is at the eastern en... read more

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Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Hotels in Storms River

For our best deal: Look for the dates you would like to stay and book on the Awesome Foursome package rate. This spec...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Bar
Braai Area
Conference Facility
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Aircon
TV

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R790.0

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The Village Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering in Storms River

The Village Lodge, a unique and delightful Garden Route Guest House with three star grading, offering bed and breakf...

Braai Area
WiFi
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Fireplace
TV

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R800.0

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Armagh Country Lodge & Spa

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges, Health Resorts in Storms River

Spacious, en suite rooms with magnificent views and private patios which lead into the sprawling natural gardens will...

Swimming Pool
Full Kitchen
TV
WiFi
DSTV

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R700.0

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Swallows Nest Country Cottages

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Storms River

In this idyllic setting on the Garden Route, we offer very attractive and fully equipped chalets offering comfortable...

Swimming Pool
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Bar
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV

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R750.0

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Serenity Retreat

Cottages in Storms River

Self-Catering house - comprising family room (interleading rooms - queen size bed in main room and bunk in other with...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Parking on Premises
TV

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R750.0

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Elandsrivier Guest House

Guest Houses in Storms River

Elandsrivier Guest House, situated in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, offers upmarket bed and breakfast as well as full...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Fireplace
TV

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R520

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Tube and Axe Backpackers Lodge

Backpacker, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Storms River

Tube ‘n Axe is by far the largest and vibiest hostel in Storms River. We have facilities and staff to accommodate 70 ...

Braai Area
Bar
TV
Parking on Premises
DSTV
Full Kitchen
Internet access

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R120.0

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Tsitsikamma On Sea

Guest Houses in Storms River

All suites have gorgeous ocean views. Four suites on the first floor have ocean views and private balconies, the Mast...

Parking on Premises
Bar
Laundry facilities
Wheelchair Friendly
Internet access

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R2000.0

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Storms River Guest Lodge

Guest Lodge in Storms River

This charming lodge is a Bed and Breakfast (which is suitable for small and large groups), consisting of a double sto...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
TV
Braai Area
DSTV

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R725.0

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At The Woods Guest House

Guest Houses in Storms River

This interesting, upmarket property offers 8 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with a large walk in shower. The down...

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TV

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R893.0

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Andelomi Forest Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Storms River

In the heart of the Tsitsikamma Forest and at the foot of Storms River Peak, with a stream winding its way through ou...

Braai Area
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Parking on Premises
Fireplace
TV
Wheelchair Friendly
Internet access

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Tsitsikamma Backpackers

Backpacker, Self Catering in Storms River

Tsitsikamma Backpackers is a four star backpackers situated in Stormsriver Village along the scenic Garden Route.

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Braai Area
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Bar
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities

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R250

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March Hare Cottage

Cottages, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Storms River

March Hare Cottage is a charming self-catering cottage, that accommodates up to four guests, situated in a lush garde...

Braai Area
Fireplace
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

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R900

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Beach House, Tsitsikamma

Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Storms River

If you’re looking for a thatched, rustic getaway, Beach House is your spot. Filled with wood, leather and raw brick, ...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher
Fireplace
DSTV

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R2310

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Grootnek Guest Farm

Cottages, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Storms River

Grootnek Guest Farm is situated in the Langkloof Valley along the scenic Cape Route 62 between Joubertina and Krakeel...

Swimming Pool
Braai Area
Pet Friendly

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R1000

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Pear Tree Cottage

Self Catering in Storms River

The Pear Tree Cottage is ideally located north facing the Storms River Peak. Unwind and step off the world for a wee ...

Braai Area
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Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa

Hotels in Storms River

Surrounded by mountains and tucked away in the forest, the Tsitsikamma Lodge is a haven of peace where a warm welcome...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
TV
Braai Area
Conference Facility
Parking on Premises
DSTV

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R1040

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Tannenhof Guest Farm

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Storms River

This tranquil guest farm, is situated in the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest region. We are, a peaceful, 4.5 km from the...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen

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R530

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Storms River Reviews

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Adele South-Africa
01 December 2009

It was around September 09 when we finally made up our minds to go to the Eastern Cape for our December holiday in 2009. Our first thought was to do the famous Otter trail in Tsitsikamma, but apart from it being fully booked, we probably weren’t ready for such a long hike . . . not yet. I searched the internet for a similar “outdoorsy” experience and found the Tube ‘n Axe backpackers lodge.

Instead of flying, we decided to take a road trip so that we could enjoy all the beautiful scenery on the way. We got an early start on Sunday morning 27 December, about 5:30, and stopped for coffee and breakfast on the way. As we turned inland at Port Sheptone the terrain changed to that typical of the Eastern Cape, beautiful high relief mountains and gorges. As always, there were loads of cows, goats and sheep as we passed the farms and fields along the way, always keeping an eye on the tree tops and the sky for any interesting birds we might be lucky enough to spot.

The smell of camp fire filled our nostrils as we arrived at the Tube ‘n Axe on the 29th of December around 12:30 in the afternoon. At the T&A we were shown around by a very friendly "hostess". The dorm rooms and elevated forest tents were very inviting. We were surprised to find that we could pitch our tent wherever we pleased. We’ve only really camped in camp sites and were used to having sites allocated for us, but we found a perfect spot under a tree and set up our tent. The T&A have great facilities and friendly staff. At the reception desk there were loads of pamphlets advertising all the exciting activities available from leisurely nature walks – “yes please” - to heart racing bungy jumping – “no thanks”. On our first day we headed for Storms River mouth. We hiked up to the suspension bridge and sat on the beautifully pebbled beach and as the waves broke on the shore we listened to the soothing sound of the huge pebbles as they rolled over each other. The water was icy but after a while your body goes numb enough for you to be able to enjoy the swim. The sun was gloriously warm and we got some sun before heading back to camp.

The next day we headed for the canopy tours. We slid along cables high in the trees, as high as 30 meters off the ground. We were lucky enough to see Knysna loeries hopping around the branches and showing off their beautiful red feathers as they flew from tree to tree. It seemed as if they were as interested in us as we were in them.

It was old year’s eve so we didn’t expect to be getting any sleep that night as guests laughed and partied the night away around the campfire. On new years day we went black water tubing in Storms River. It was a 5 hour river adventure. The Garden Route was still experiencing drought so the river was very calm. As our group lazily floated down the river on the comfy tubes we marvelled at Gods beautiful creation all around us. In contrast to our tree top experience the previous day, we viewed the massive indigenous forests from below stopping every now and again to inspect the little dragon flies, spiders and insects on the river banks. After a day of cliff jumping, rock hopping and tube floating we returned to the T&A for an inclusive traditional South African braai with the rest of the group - YUM! We relaxed for the rest of the afternoon outside our tent, reading and playing cards. We enjoyed beautiful sunsets and brilliantly dazzlingclear skies most nights.

We were on our way to do some wine tasting the following day, but got distracted by Monkeyland and Birds of Eden parks along the way. When we arrived at Monkeyland I wanted to know what the price included and very stupidly asked: “What do you have in there?”. . . DUH, Monkeys!!! Well, needless to say, the guides at the entrance had a little chuckle at my expense. We went in and I was overwhelmed by the cuteness of the little Squirrel monkeys, specially when I saw the baby Squirrel monkey holding onto its mothers back. The Squirrel monkey baby was no bigger than the palm of my hand - awwwwwww! We saw lemurs, capuchin monkeys, vervet monkeys, the cute little squirrel monkeys and a few more that I’ve forgotten the names of. The birds of Eden park was beautiful. We were quite exhausted when we started to walk through the massive enclosed bird sanctuary (all the previous days activities and lack of sleep catching up with us), but got over it as soon as we marvelled at the lovely birdlife all around us. There were countless species of birds everywhere. Hornbills, Parakeets, Loeries, Flamingos, Violet backed starlings and parrots are just a fraction of the birds we saw. We stopped halfway for something to drink only to be pestered by a cheeky little African grey parrot that wanted our can of Appletiser, but was not interested in being touched and nipped at our fingers whenever we tried. Closer to the end of our walk we saw another pretty Knysna loerie. As we got closer we realised that he was quite tame and he climbed on my arm and nibbled on my finger in search of a treat, but much to his and the African greys disappointment, we weren’t allowed to feed any of the birds in the sanctuary.

When we got “home” to our tent we had our staple dinner of braai toasted onion, tomato and cheese sandwiches. On the morning of the 3rd of January we packed up our tent and headed to Addo elephant reserve. It was incredibly hot, but we saw so many animals. At first we thought we weren’t going to see much as it was scorching hot and the animals were probably hiding in the shaded bushy areas where we wouldn’t be able to see them, but we ended up seeing quite a bit. At the waterhole we saw no less then 150 elephants flapping their ears and rolling in the muddy water in an attempt to cool themselves in the blistering hot weather. We also spotted some buffalo, bush pig and even got a glimpse of a sleeping hyena. We saw storks, ostrich and various kinds of buck. After Addo, we stopped at a cousins house in East London. Clayton and his room mate were nice enough to give us a bed for the night and the next morning we got up at 4:00 and drove home.

The only negative thing we experienced at the T&A was due to some pesky guests and so I have two tips on etiquette for you if you ever visit a camp site or backpackers lodge:

If you are a smoker, please realise that everyone around you might not share your enthusiasm for inhaling cigarette smoke. Also, we are surrounded by nature and your stompies don’t add to the surrounding beauty. A match box fits right in your pocket and is great for keeping your cigarette buts until you find a rubbish bin to throw them in.
Also, if you love the nightlife and enjoy visiting with friends until late, be considerate of the people who are in their tents trying to sleep. The T&A has a stunning bonfire area. Use it. And on the other side, if you are an early riser, it would be nice to remember that there are some people still sleeping, so whisper if you need to chat.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

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More info about Storms River

Like a scene out of an Agatha Christie novel, the charming Storms River village lies deep in a wooded area. It’s a pity the village is such a short distance from the main N2 highway otherwise one would half expect Miss Marple to appear at a house window. Storms River is at the eastern end of the famed Garden Route, one of South Africa’s premier tourist destinations.

Looks can be deceiving because the peaceful Storms River village is a haven for adventure sports. The area experiences plenty of rain and reliably so, ensuring that the river flows perennially and the lush green forests remain evergreen year round. The river passes through a gorge for adventurous tubing and has a turbulent mouth, perfect for rip roaring sea kayaking, while the 216m-high Bloukrans Bridge nearby hangs over a mighty valley, a challenge for any bungee jumper. 

The amazing story of this village is that it mostly operates independently of government aid and the streets and gardens are beautifully maintained by residents.

 

Top 6 reasons to visit Storms River

1. On a rainy day, stop in at the Tsitsikamma Microbrewery tap room to sample their naturally brewed craft beers. The historic Hunter’s Pub is on the same premises where a fire roars on wet, chilly days and where locals can give you the skinny on Storms River happenings.

2. Drive down to the Tsitsikamma National Park to take in the dramatic coastline, a protected marine sanctuary. Cross the swing bridge over the Storms River mouth and take a walk up to the Big Tree which is close to 1000 years old. Check out the sea life in the rock pools that may include a well-camouflaged octopus.

3. Operators in Storms River offer various forms of adventure sports that include bungee jumping, zip lining, tubing, abseiling (rappelling), snorkelling and hiking. Folks at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn will assist with bookings.

4. Visit the Bitou Art Gallery to view the artworks on display by 4 resident artists. Art courses are offered as are holiday packages that include accommodation, meals and an art course surrounded by the beauty of the village and the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains.

5. Hikers are able to attempt the first section of the world-renowned Otter Trail to get a taste of this magnificent 4-day hike. A small conservation fee is payable for day hikers. Take along plenty of water.

6. Storms River alternates as the start and end point of the Otter African Trail Run, a 42km run that could only be described as gruelling. The run happens every October.

 

Transport

The nearest major airports are George Airport at 160km west and Port Elizabeth International Airport, 180km east of Storms River or charter a flight to Plettenberg Bay Airport, only 60km away. Car rental agencies are located in Plettenberg Bay and at the airports, otherwise order a rental online. There are no taxi services in the village, however, there are shuttle services available to and from the airports and the village. Storms River is on the InterCity bus route that travels daily between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

 

Did you know?

The 130m-high Paul Sauer Bridge that crosses the Storms River gorge was designed by Italian civil engineer Riccardo Morandi and constructed in 2 halves. The halves were lowered on either end of the gorge and joined perfectly. The bridge is 190m in length.

The route into Storms River gorge and the village itself was planned by the great road builder Thomas Bain in 1884. Convict labour was used and some of their graves are to be found outside the village. Bain made use of old elephant trails to cut his way through the thick forests.