Storms River Village is tucked neatly into the forest just off the N2 between the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Bridge. It’s idyllically situated right on the edge of the Plaatbos indigenous forest, which offers many well-marked trails for both hikers and mountain bikers.
In contrast to its reputation as an adrenalin activity centre, Storms River has a dreamy atmosphere amongst the lush forest and tall trees that embrace it.
This is pretty much a hamlet, with a short main street where the adventure companies, a few colourful shops, and the odd restaurant are located.
Apart from being a haven for city escapees and tourists, the small animals of the forest such as bush pig, genet, bushbuck, and porcupine also enjoy an occasional stroll around the streets. The birdlife in town is also good.
Look out for
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours - the highlight of any visit to Storms River Village is the canopy tour. The treetop system of 10 slides is an engineering feat that allows one to glide through the forest canopy from tree to tree, stopping on platforms attached high up the trunks of giant Yellowwoods. Booking is essential, and a maximum number of 8 people are taken per tour. Each tour takes 2½ to 3 hours.
Tsitsikamma National Park - is a 10-minute drive west of the Storms River Village. It’s a spectacular marine reserve offering camping and chalets, but day visitors are welcome to enjoy the numerous walks and snorkeling, and there’s a restaurant, a curio shop, and the famous suspension bridge over the Storms River Mouth.
Self-guided walks - from the village walks are between 2-12km long, and information is available from the SANParks (Tsitsikamma Section) Office in the village.
Storms River Cycle Route - the 22km circular route starts in the village and winds down the old Storms River Pass, along a plateau east of the gorge, and to the look out point over the river mouth.
Blackwater Tubing - is offered by Tube 'n Axe Backpackers and is a 5-hour trip that includes a lunch braai.
Storms River Adventures - offer a 2½-3 hour ‘Woodcutters Journey’ in an open vehicle down the Storms River Pass and back. They follow the ‘elephant trail’ through the forest while a qualified guide relates the history of the area.