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  • Knowledgeable hosts to help you explore this adventure-filled region
  • Centrally located base with activities within walking distance
  • Comfortable, spacious rooms that fit in with the forest ambiance

At the Woods Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Storms River

 

-33.9721, 23.8863

About

Storms River Village is situated on the edge of an indigenous forest. Within walking distance of At The Woods are many well-marked walks through this natural woodland, as well as the start of a 21km circular mountain biking trail. The Big Tree, an iconic landmark of the area, is within 2km, and the awesome Stormsriver Bridge is a mere 5km away.

The greater Storms River and Tsitsikamma area offers guests a wide variety of activities and attractions - from the leisurely to white-knuckle, adrenalin rushes. Stormsriver Adventures, who run their operations from Stormsriver village, run the very popular Tree Top Canopy Tour and the relaxing Woodcutters Journey. The Tsitsikamma National park is a 10 minute drive away, and this spectacular marine reserve offers walks, snorkeling, a sheltered beach and a restaurant. The famous Otter Trail begins here. 

All of the bedrooms at At The Woods Guest House are individually decorated, and offer either twin or king-size extra-length beds. The linen is of a high standard, and beds have a duvet and blanket to ensure a comfortable night's rest. Ceiling fans and gas heaters will keep you content, no matter what the season. Each bathroom has a spacious walk-in showers with bucketfuls of hot water, a toilet and a hand basin. The upstairs bedrooms have their own decks, whilst the downstairs bedrooms open onto private patios. Most rooms have mountain views. Double doors and large windows ensure that the rooms are light and airy.

Breakfast is served in the dining room, or on the deck, with its beautiful view of the Tsitsikamma mountains. Seasonal fresh fruit, cereals and yogurts are on the menu, as well as a cooked breakfast served with toast, croissants and preserves. Dinner offers a choice of three restaurants that are within easy walking distance of the guest house. At The Woods is licenced, so guests can enjoy a pre- or post-dinner drink in the lounge upstairs.

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8 Guest Rooms

Rooms individually decorated
Own decks upstairs
Private patios downstairs
Choice of King-size or twin beds
Most rooms have mountain views

Pricing

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Catering

Breakfast included
Picnic lunches can be prepared by prior arrangement

Kids

The large garden at At The Woods is an ideal place to let little ones 'run wild', particularly from a ground floor unit.
A cot is available.

Why Stay Here?

At The Woods Guest House in Storms River Village offers upmarket bed and breakfast accommodation in Tsitsikamma. Your hosts, Bev and Marco, have a thorough knowledge of the rich list of activities and attractions that the region has to offer, with first-hand experience of most of them. Their knowledge, and the central location, make At The Woods Guest House a relaxing and comfortable base from which to explore Storms River, Tsitsikamma and the surrounding area.

Summary

  • Knowledgeable hosts to help you explore this adventure-filled region
  • Centrally located base with activities within walking distance
  • Comfortable, spacious rooms that fit in with the forest ambiance

Privacy

Maximum capacity is 8 rooms.

Things to consider Bringing

Walking shoes, swimming towels, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The road to At The Woods Guest House is fully tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Walking
  • Mountain biking
  • Birding
  • 6km Waterfall Walk
  • Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
  • Woodcutters Journey
  • Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures
  • Wolf Sanctuary
  • Bloukrans Bungee Jump and Bridge Walk

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Limited alcohol license
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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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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