Storms River (Afrikaans: Stormsrivier) is a river in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The river mouth is located in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Storms River is a scenic, powerful river that winds its way through the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range and into the Indian Ocean.
This is a key attraction for tourists from all over the world that want to experience the adventure sports and natural splendor of this South African water feature. It makes its way through the magnificent, verdant forests that characterise this part of the Garden Route. Its banks are flanked by tall indigenous trees and are frequented by the bird life that calls this home. Storms River traverses through the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is one of the oldest marine reserves in the country, as well as one of the biggest. This region is also home to the little village of Storms River, which is a backpacker’s delight and a camping hotspot.
Tsitsikamma National Park
The Tsitsikamma National Park is a protected area on the Garden Route, Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail. On 6 March 2009 it was amalgamated with the Wilderness National Park and various other areas of land to form the Garden Route National Park.
The park covers an 80 kilometres (50 miles) long stretch of coastline. Nature’s Valley is at the western end of the park, and the main accommodation is at Storms River Mouth. Near the park is the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bridge bungee jump at 216 metres (709 ft).
The word “Tsitsikamma” hails from the Khoekhoe language tse-tsesa, meaning “clear”, and gami, meaning “water”, probably referring to the clear water of the Tsitsikamma River. Other meanings are ‘place of much water’ and ‘waters begin’.
What to do at Storms River Mouth
There is a variety of fun and adventurous activities available at the Garden Route National Park ranging from hiking trails, nature walks and much more.
Spirit Of Tsitsikamma Boat Cruises
The trip up the Storms River Gorge gives visitors the opportunity to view the gorge firsthand and to marvel at one of nature’s many wonders. Tours depart every 45 minutes and should take about 2 hours.
Waterfall Trail: (6km) This 6 km walk is the start of the Otter trail, and takes one along the rocky shoreline for 3 km to where the Tweeriviere River falls 50m into a large pool before cascading into the sea. You return along the same path. Suitable footwear is vital as there are sections over rocks. Allow at least 3 hours. Great picnic site and swimming is possible n the large pool of the waterfall.
Stormsriver Mouth Hike (2km) Cross the small beach and then follow a boardwalk as it meanders up and down through coastal forest, allowing views of the sea, coast and river mouth. The highlight is the 77m long suspension bridge crossing the Storms River Mouth, taking you to a pebble beach, before ascending steeply to a viewpoint over the coast – well worth the effort! One does not have to go to the viewpoint, but can return immediately via a circular route that takes one over 2 smaller suspension bridges before rejoining the boardwalk.
Storms River Mouth Beach The small beach is suitable for swimming and in the summer there is a raft moored about 50m out for the adventurous to swim too. This is also the area to snorkel and scuba dive.
Agulhas Look Out A steep walk takes you up to a wonderful deck overlooking the coast, before meandering along through forest and back down via a pretty stream crossing.
Loerie (1km) A short walk through the coastal forest.
Scuba Dive / Kayaking Or Snorkelling The park is well known for these activities, and equipment and tours are available.