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