Storms River, Tsitsikamma - Things to do
OVERVIEW:The Otter Trails runs through the Tsitsikamma National Park which stretches for 80 km along the scenic southern Cape coast and 5,5 km out to sea. The Storms River Mouth rest camp, at the start of the trail, provides overnight accommodation and has a shop and a restaurant, information centre, swimming pool for resident visitors, caravan and camp sites. Accommodation for the nights prior the and on completion of the trail, is not included in the trail reservation and should be reserved separately. This interesting tip for Otter hikers was submitted by Leila Patel: "I think Hikers need to be made aware that should they require accommodation the evening before they start hiking they should contact Natures Valley Guest House (I don't have their details but I'm sure you will be able to find them in the telephone directory). The accommodation is very reasonable and you don't have to worry about organising a lift to your car (I just found this out and I am totally miffed!) The Parks Board is charging us quite a bit for accommodation the night before and we still need to organise our own lift back to our cars! Whereas if we had organised accommodation with Nature Valley we wouldn't have to worry about this coz we would have been able to just hop into our cars and go back home!" THE TRAIL This famous trail - flagship of hiking trails in the parks - traverses 42 km of rugged coastline, with the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean on the one side and fynbos and indigenous rain forest on the other, crossing 11 rivers on route to Nature's Valley. The five-day trail with four overnight stops run from the Storms River Rest Camp to Nature's Valley. The trail starts just west of the oceanettes at the western end of the Storms River rest camp and is clearly marked with blue otter signs and painted otter spoor in rocky areas.
DAY 1 (4,8 km, 2 to 3 hours)
The first day's walk is only 4,8 km. The first clear landmark is a large cave on the landward side of the route. Some distance further the trail passes a waterfall cascading sown the precipitous cliffs and then it leads to the first overnight point at the Ngubu Hut.
DAY 2 (7,9 km, 4 to 6 hours)
The second day's route starts with a stiff climb up Olienboomkop and passes through virgin forest where large Outeniqua Yellowwood and Stinkwood trees grow, before moving up to the area above Skilderkrans. After crossing the unpredictable Kleinbos river, the trail continues to Blue Bay West and then winds on to the Scott Hut. A total distance of 7,9 km is covered on the second day. The Geelhoutbos River flows into the sea at the Scott Hut and offers good swimming at the mouth and upstream in fresh water.
DAY 3 (7.7 km, 4 to 6 hours)
The third leg of the trail between the Scott and Oakhurst huts crosses two rivers - the Elandsbos and the Lottering and covers a distance of 7,7 km.
DAY 4 (13,8 km, 6 to 8 hours)
The nest stage of the trail is the longest (13,8 km) - from the Oakhurst to the AndrÃ© Hut. An early start should be made in order to reach the Bloukrans River at low tide. (Consult the tide table at the information centre before the start of the trail.) A clearly marked escape route at Bloukrans should be used if there is any doubt about the safety of the crossing. The AndrÃ© Hut is situated on the bank of the Klip River where fresh water may be obtained.
DAY 5 (6,8 km, 2 to 3 hours)
From the AndrÃ© Hut the trail crosses the Klip River and swings upward towards the plateau above the AndrÃ© Hut, approximately 100 m after the crossing. En route to Nature's Valley, the trail crosses the Helpmekaar river where fresh water is normally available. The total distance left for the fifth day is 6,8 km.
Information provided with courtesy of SA Hikes
Accommodation near Storms River, Tsitsikamma
This accommodation in Storms River is in the beautiful Garden Route and offers a unique form of accommodation. Most of the rooms at Tsitsikamma Village Inn are situated around a typical Village green. These buildings represent many of the different building styles that were found in the Cape Colony during the 1800s. At this Storms River accommodation The De Oude Martha Restaurant serves hearty and ...
Log and wooden cabins have never looked as luxurious as this accommodation in Storms River named Tsitsikamma Lodge and Spa. A 3 star grading does not stop this cabin accommodation from being luxurious and 'uber' romantic in its setting and in its entire array. Enjoying the lush beauty of the surroundings of the Tsitsikamma Forest and the opulence of a luxury spa this lodge in Storms River marries the ...
Things to do near Storms River, Tsitsikamma
The Storms River, just one of a number of rivers in this region, originates in the Tsitsikamma Mountains and makes its way through forests thick with ancient Yellowwood, Hard Pear Trees and distinctive Cape fynbos, before reaching the sea at the eastern end of the Tsitsikamma National Park, which stretches for 80 kilometres from the Krom River forest station to the Salt River and is one of Africa's ...
The Otter Trails runs through the Tsitsikamma National Park which stretches for 80 km along the scenic southern Cape coast and 5,5 km out to sea. The Storms River Mouth rest camp, at the start of the trail, provides overnight accommodation and has a shop and a restaurant, information centre, swimming pool for resident visitors, caravan and camp sites. Accommodation for the nights prior the and on completion ...
Starting Point: Parking area on the R102 turn off to the Big Tree. One of the largest Yellowwoods in the country, indigenous forest. Permit: Sign, register and pay entrance fee Information provided with courtesy of SA Hikes ...
Natural forest; streams; ferns; forest birds. The trail starts and ends at Witelsbos State Forest. ...
The two day trail covers a distance of 17km along the pristine Tsitsikamma coastal belt, a narrow plateau sandwiched between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. All baggage is portered to the overnight destinations, allowing hikers of all ages to experience the unrivalled beauty of the wilderness area on foot. The three nights are spent in 4 star, luxury accommodation, beginning at the ...
Storms River Adventures presents Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours in the Eastern Cape. So if you're an adventure junkie or love to be in nature then a Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour is for you. This amazing thing to do in Storms River is a three-hour guided aerial excursion of the mid canopy of the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest providing tourists with an unequaled environmental experience, which constantly ...
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GPS Co-Ordinates: 23° 53' 4.8" E / 33° 58' 14.6" S
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Directions to Otter Trail in Storms River, Tsitsikamma
|Departing: George Airport|
|Address: R404, South Africa|
|Distance: 33 m / Duration: 1 hour 57 mins|
|1.||Head north toward R404||0.2 km|
|2.||Turn right onto R404||2.4 km|
|3.||Turn left to merge onto N2||11.7 km|
|4.||Exit on the right to stay on N2|
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|5.||Turn right toward Gammasi St||0.5 km|
|6.||Continue straight onto Gammasi St||0.2 km|
|7.||Turn right onto Formosa St||0.2 km|
|8.||Take the 1st right onto Saffran St|
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