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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 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... Show more