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  • Lots of character in a tasteful homage to the previous century
  • Central location for exploring the adventure-filled Tsitsikamma region
  • Accommodation in individual cottages from various colonial building styles

Tsitsikamma Village Inn

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Storms River

 

-33.9744, 23.8862

About

Acquiring this historic hotel in 2010, the owners at Tsitsikamma Village Inn re-constructed a typical Cape Village of the past, where old traditions of warmth and hospitality thrive side-by-side with modern-day comforts. This unique, charming village reflects all colonial building styles that can be found in South Africa’s famous garden route.

Accommodation varies from imposing Cape Dutch style houses, to charming Victorian foresters’ cottages, a little fisherman’s cottage, a simple Karoo home, a humble barn, honeymoon rooms, or rustic log homes. 

Each cottage has its own individual garden that matches the specific style of gardening reminiscent to each colonial building style, and each room is tastefully decorated in the appropriate style for the period. A host of family rooms and a plethora of activities for the kids make the inn an idyllic family retreat.

This unusual "Village Square" was the concept of Martin Ratray and has added a new dimension to the air of tranquillity and peaceful atmosphere for which this hotel is so well known for. 

All guests are welcome to savour the comfort and atmosphere of the main building, which traces its roots back to 1845. In the building you will find a spacious dining area incorporating the De Oude Martha Restaurant, the Hunter’s Pub, Cafe Bacchus, and the guest lounge.

There is free wireless internet available, along with a hair salon and a big screen TV.

Adventure companies in Tsitsikamma often combine with the hotel to provide guests with memorable holiday experiences to explore the bountiful natural attractions in this unspoilt region of forests, beaches and mountains. 

Baby sitting and wheelchair access must be arranged before arrival.

Next door to the hotel, is the Marilyn’s 60s Diner, where you’ll enjoy a trip down memory lane with the vintage motorcycles, cars, memorabilia and a typical diner menu. Enjoy an Ale or Lager in the microbrewery which also offers a number of other South African craft beers.

Rates & Summary


6 Premier Rooms

Each sleeps 2 King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower

16 Village Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Family rooms sleep additional 2 people

6 West Log Rooms

Double storey wooden chalets
Each sleeps 2 in twin or double beds
1 family room sleeps 2 additional guests on sleeper couch
Bathroom with bath and shower

2 East Log Rooms

Double storey wooden Swiss-style chalets
Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
Bathroom with shower over bath

6 Barn Rooms

Rooms in converted barn
Each sleeps 2 in double bedroom
Either bath or shower

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Breakfast included. Light meals are available at the coffee shop. De Oude Martha Restaurant serves excellent lunches and dinners.

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome. There is a children’s play park, and babysitting is available by arrangement.

Why Stay Here?

Situated just 5 km from the Storms River Bridge, Tsitsikamma Village Inn has been hosting guests since 1946, and offers upmarket accommodation in a quaint village-style establishment brimming with character and old world charm. This is complemented by great food and fun-filled adventure options for more active guests. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, the hotel consists of free-standing rooms, where each cottage is individually decorated and has its own garden matching specific colonial building styles found in the Garden Route. 

Summary

  • Lots of character in a tasteful homage to the previous century
  • Central location for exploring the adventure-filled Tsitsikamma region
  • Accommodation in individual cottages from various colonial building styles

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the inn are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Games Room
  • Bird watching
  • Walking and hiking

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • No dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • No fireplace
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • No stove
  • No cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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Tsitsikamma

Eastern Cape

About

The Tsitsikamma region embraces a large swathe of Afromontane forest and rugged coastline within the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is interspersed with tracts of fynbos and commercial tree plantations.

It’s situated on the eastern edge of the Garden Route, between Nature’s Valley and Eerste Rivier, and is accessed along the N2 which runs through the area. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning ‘place of abundant (or sparkling) water’, and refers to the Indian Ocean to the south and the many rivers and streams in the area.

To the north, it’s bordered by the Tsitsikamma Mountains that spill their verdant cloak of thickly knitted trees and woven vines across hill and dale as they descend towards the sea. In the plunging gorges, rivers of dark water splash and tumble through secret places where creatures of the forest cavort and flutter in a timeless ritual of natural life.

Along the coast the forest pushes onto the white sandy beaches and rocky shore to greet the foaming breakers of the ocean.

Settlement in the area is on a small scale - even the main centre of Storms River Village is just a small clearing in the trees. 

From a visitor’s perspective there’s plenty to do here. The Tsitsikamma National Park is well known for its wild coastline, the Storms River Mouth, and its many hikes, which include the popular Otter Trail. 

Other multi-day hikes in the region are the Tsitsikamma Trail, through the mountains inland, and the Dolphin Trail, along the coastal cliffs. The area in general, with its deep gorges and towering trees, is a treasure trove of adrenaline pursuits that include bungee-jumping from Bloukrans Bridge, gliding through the tree tops or above waterfalls on a series of ziplines (cable slides), abseiling the steep cliffs, and tubing through the Storms River Gorge.

It’s the forests themselves that add that extra touch of magic to the region. The tracks and paths offer a unique opportunity to enter the realm of an enchanted natural world. The large Outeniqua Yellowwoods are the pillars of the forest, towering above any other living thing by far.

Some of these majestic trees are over 800 years old and standing next to one is a humbling experience. Bird watching here is rewarding and a flash of green or crimson may announce the sighting of a narina trogon or Knysna turaco.

Closer to the spongy forest floor, the smaller creatures are no less spellbinding. Butterflies bob in the pillars of sunlight that penetrate the canopy, chorister robin-chats rustle through the leaf litter, and the Knysna dwarf chameleon makes its way hesitantly through the vegetation.

Throughout the undergrowth chortling streams and still ponds reflect the delicate fronds of tree ferns. Here frogs breaststroke beneath a surface stained the colour of bourbon by the tannins and humic acid leached from the fallen leaves.

All around, wisps of old man’s beard drape the wrinkled bark and conjure up faces of wizards, and the patchwork mosses and lichens combine to form their cloaks. On fallen branches and leaning stumps, bracket fungi are natural receptacles filled with fallen rain where insects quench their thirst. The scene is embraced by an eternal peace that even the cicadas seem reluctant to disturb, their characteristic incessant screech curtailed to short periods of intermittent chirring.

With mountains, forests, rivers, and a coastline alternating between glinting beaches and rocky outcrops, Tsitsikamma is a diverse natural playground.   

Look out for

Tsitsikamma National Park - is the number one reason to visit the region and is situated off the N2, 10-minutes drive west of the Storms River Village. It’s a spectacular marine reserve where the indigenous forest grows right onto the rocky coastline. The coastal portion of the park stretches 80km along the shore and 5km out to sea protecting not only life in the inter-tidal zone but that of the deep sea too, while the inland expanse protects the forests, fynbos, and mountain catchment areas. There are various short hikes, a boardwalk to the famous suspension bridge over the Storms River Mouth, snorkelling, scuba diving, a boat trip up the Storms River, a restaurant, and a curio shop. For people wanting to spend more than a day there are campsites and chalets positioned along the shore. 

Hiking trails - a few well-known hiking trails start and finish in this area. The Otter Trail, which starts at Storms River Mouth and ends on the beach at Nature’s Valley, is one of South Africa’s most popular trails. The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and ends at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village. The Dolphin Trail is a guided and portered hike with upmarket accommodation.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours - is exactly that - a tour of the forest canopy near the Storms River Village. It’s a combination of an adrenalin activity plus incredible views of the forest from a unique tree top perspective usually reserved for birds and monkeys. There are 10 slides that allow tourists to glide from tree to tree, stopping on platforms attached high up the trunks of giant Yellowwoods. Distances above the forest floor reach 30 metres. The guides are fun and informative. Booking is essential.

Bloukrans Bridge - this is Africa’s highest road bridge, and the world’s highest single-span arch bridge, with a central span of 272m, and a total bridge length of 451m. Statistics aside, the single reason it’s popular with visitors is because it’s home to the highest bungee jump in the world (216 metres). If the bungee is too much to contemplate there’s also a 200m zipline called the "Flying Fox" and a 400m bridge walk out onto the central arch. For the meek there’s a restaurant with a fabulous view. They’re open 7-days-a-week from 09h00-17h00.

Storms River Adventures - offer a 3 hour ‘Woodcutters Journey’ in an open vehicle down the Storms River Pass where oxwagons outspanned more than a century ago. Qualified guides enlighten passengers about the history and flora and fauna of the area. There are 3 trips daily and require a minimum of 6 people.

Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures - offer a thrilling zipline (cable slide) over waterfalls, with the longest glide being 211m. Those into adrenalin activities will love this adventure, and can also abseil 30m down a cliff into a fern cove. They take all ages, from 3 years up, and do tours 365-days-a-year in all weather conditions. Tours start at 08h00 and depart every 30 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 16h00.

Blackwater Tubing - depending on the water level, adventurers may be kloofing on low water, or white-water tubing on high water. Kloofing entails about 50% walking and 50% paddling, carrying the tube over shallow sections and leaping off rock faces that may be as high as 8 metres into pools below. It’s offered by Tube 'n Axe Backpackers from October to April and is a 5-hour trip that includes a lunch braai.

Storms River Village - is where all the adventure companies operate from and walks and mountain biking routes in the Plaatbos Nature Reserve start here.

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