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How to See Storms River Suspension Bridge in Tsitsikamma

How to See Storms River Suspension Bridge in Tsitsikamma

Storms River sits in the Tsitsikamma region of South Africa’s Garden Route National Park. This coastal area is the premier place along the Garden Route to experience the best of the great outdoors. It is the place to visit for outdoor activities, marine sightings, scuba diving, and much more.

I chose to include Storms River on my 2-week Garden Route road trip itinerary as there are numerous walks to discover in Tsitsikamma, and I love walking! The most popular short walk is the two-kilometre Storms River Mouth Trail, which leads to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tsitsikamma, the iconic Storms River suspension bridge.

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It is an easy one-hour return walk to the suspension bridge, which starts by the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp.

two boys in blue t-shirts sit on a wooden fence with Storms River behind them

Our walk followed a wooden boardwalk that weaved itself through the coastal forest, past glorious ocean views, by a few small waterfalls and some beach inlets until reaching the mouth of the river. We found that the route had quite a few steps going up and down, but nothing a person in good health couldn’t manage.

There are two other sections of the suspension bridge that we walked along that hug the coastline.

Spot the Storms River Suspension Bridge

And then, we spotted the iconic landmark of Tsitsikamma National Park as we reached the mouth of Storms River. It is pretty impressive!

Storms River Suspension Bridge

At this point, we made our way down to the trail end to cross the famous suspension bridge. We stood in the centre of the bridge and watched the turbulent dark waters as they rushed into the mouth of the river.

It’s not for everyone, as the bridge does bounce a bit if a few people are on it – or two boys that want to scare their mum – but that’s the fun of crossing it, and we loved sharing the experience.

tree people standing in the middle of the suspension bridge at Storms River

The small pebble beach at the end of the River Mouth Trail is a place to dip your toes in the water and chill out for a while before the return walk.

pebble beach in Storms River

On the beach is a sign giving facts about the suspension bridge.

Green sign with wording about the suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth

The Storms River Mouth Trail continues after the bridge to a lookout point; however, this is a steep climb and not one that I explored. Instead, I chose to chill out on the beach with my family and enjoy the beautiful coastal views.

Angie sitting on a rock at the end of the Storms River Mouth Trail
Helpful Information

Follow signs along the N2 motorway for Tsitsikamma National Park. Please note that a conservation fee for entering Tsitsikamma is approximately £15 (2022).

We stayed in comfortable accommodation at Tsitsikamma Village Inn in Storms River. It was a 5-minute drive from Tsitsikamma National Park.

There are plenty of outdoor activities in Tsitsikamma that you can book online.

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Ami Bhat

Monday 21st of February 2022

That first step on the suspension bridge is always dicey. I only find myself at ease when I have reached half way. And this one definitely is one of those. However, I would brave it just to enjoy that view.And a big yes to the beach too.

Banerjee Puloma

Sunday 20th of February 2022

Storms river suspension bridge is a spectacular watching the gurgling river water passing underneath the bridge. The storms river mouth trail looks an impressive walk into the coastal forest with pristine waterfalls and ocean views.

Medha Verma

Sunday 20th of February 2022

Not just the suspension bridge but the entire coastal walk looks so amazing. I've always wanted to make it to South Africa and drive the garden route, and its for these beautiful sights that I want to go there.

JenniferMostert

Sunday 20th of February 2022

I recently did this walk. It's fantastic and in my opinion, if you are in the area you shouldn't miss this.

Jackie

Friday 18th of February 2022

I can see how I might be a bit nervous crossing the bridge if it shakes, but it looks like the views and experience are completely worth any bit of anxiety I might feel! Plus, the bonus of being able to relax at the small beach and just take in the area in all its magnificence would be something I would look forward to. Storms River is an adventure I would want to add to my itinerary, too...What a photographer's dream!