Things To Do with Kids in the Garden Route

Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail

The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail forms part of MTO Ecotourism. The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail was South Africa’s first officially accredited hiking trail and has recently been allocated the Green Flag Certificate for a trail under excellent management. The trail journeys through extensive indigenous forest and mountain fynbos. The ancient river gorges and abundant rivers and streams along this hiking trail in the Tsitsikamma will remind you of the creative power of water and the origins of the word Tsitsikamma.

Baboon, vervet monkey, large-spotted genet, bushpig and bushbuck are often encountered along the route and at overnight huts. Leopard, caracal, honey badger and blue duiker also occur, but are seldom seen. The forests provide ideal habitat for lesser seen bird species, such as rameron pigeon, narina trogon, sombre bulbul, forest buzzard, and colourful sunbirds and flycatchers. The fynbos harbours elusive endemics such as Victorins warbler, protea canary and the Cape siskin.

Hiking Trail Through the Tsitsikamma Mountains

The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail begins in Natures Valley and ends 60km further at either the Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village. This is a six day unidirectional trail that takes hikers thought the heart of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Each overnight hut has its own unique access route with safe parking and makes shorter variations of the trail possible. You also have the option of a 2, 3, 4 or 5 days trail.

Hiking Trail in South Africa with Equipment Porterage

The Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail offers optional equipment porterage. Your equipment can now be transported between the overnight huts on this spectacular hiking trail in South Africa. Other activities permitted include vehicular and mountain bike access to certain overnight huts and informative guided day walks

Hiking Trail Offering Overnight Accommodation

The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail is a hiking trail offering comfortable overnight accommodation. The accommodation facilities have been upgraded to an excellent standard and you can truly enjoy magnificent views and relax in comfort at each of the five overnight huts. Route Description and Distances Between Overnight Huts:

  • Day 1: Nature`s Valley – Kalander Hut – 3,6 km +- 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Day 2: Kalander – Blaawkrans Hut – 13,5 km +- 6 hours
  • Day 3: Blaawkrans – Keurbos Hut – 13,4 km +- 6 hours
  • Day 4: Keurbos – Heuningbos Hut – 13,4 km +- 6 hours
  • Day 5: Heuningbos – Sleepkloof Hut – 13,9 km +- 7 hours
  • Day 6: Sleepkloof Hut – Paul Sauer Bridge – 3,2 km +- 1 hour
    or Sleepkloof Hut – Storms River Village – 5,5 km +- 2 hours
Rates
  • Our tariffs are R155,00 per person per day for overnighting at any of the five huts
  • A day hike along the Tsitsikamma Trail without over nighting will cost R30,00 per person per day.
  • Should you wish your groups` equipment to be transported between overnight huts the cost will be R800,00 per hut for the first 5 people and then R150.00 per person thereafter additional up to 12 persons maximum per hut.

 

Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey

Activity Company in Stormsriver

Stormsriver Adventures is a professional adventure and activity company based in Stormsriver Village in the heart of the Tsitsikamma Forest. At the adventure centre you can choose between the worlds renowned Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey and Guided Hikes. Team building options are also available.

 

Experience the Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest

Join Stormsriver Adventures on a Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey. Journey down the old Storms River pass and experience the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially designed vehicle. Follow the elephant trail down to the water, passing tree ferns, stinkwoods, yellowwoods and many other tree species, whilst hearing about the history of the area and the local flora and fauna. Watch out for a glimpse of the elusive Narnia Trogan and the Knysna Loerie. During your Woodcutters Journey you will
also see the “Forest Guard” or “Human Tree”, a 450 to 500 year old tree. Stop and relax where wagons since the last century have been and enjoy a light lunch or tea next to the Storms River. Departure times vary to meet your schedules.

Important Information on the Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey

When planning your visit to Stormsriver and going on the Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey there is important information you have to keep in mind.
• Departure times: Morning Tea: 08H30, Lunch 11H30, Afternoon Tea:14H30
• Departure times vary to meet your schedules, with a variety of food menus available on request.
• Duration: Two and a half to three hours.
• All weather conditions.
• Bookings essential. ( All ages )
• Minimum of 6 persons

 

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

Adventure Activity in the Tsitsikamma Rainforest

The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour© is a unique Eco-wilderness adventure activity that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Most platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2½ to 3 hours

Things to Do in Stormsriver

Hold your breath as you slide from tree to tree through the Tsitsikamma Forest, stopping at each new platform while your guides tell you a little more about the surrounding ecology. If you are fortunate you will spot a pair of Knysna Loeries or the brilliant red plumage of the elusive Narina Trogon. Whatever happens, were quite sure you`ll want to do it all over again! Defiantly one of the things you have to do while in Stormsriver!

Fufi Slides in Tsitsikamma

The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour consists of ten platforms and ten “fufi” slides with the longest slide of 100m! About 2 1/2 hours later you exit the forest, having undertaken the journey of a lifetime. Safety is paramount, and the system has been built to the highest civil engineering standards. Guides are fully-trained professionals. You have contributed to the creation of new jobs and are helping the forest regeneration project.

Important Information about Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

  • Bookings essential!
  • Ages from 7years to 70years
  • Maximum numbers: 264 per day (max 8 p/group)
  • Weight Limit: 120kg
  • Restrictions: Pregnant women not allowed to partake

Departure Time of Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

  • Every half hour from 08h00 to 15h30
  • Duration: About 2 1/2 to 3 hours, including a light meal
  • Tours are conducted in all weather conditions

Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures

The Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure Park is situated 8km from the Storms River Bridge on the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures offer spectacular Zipline adventure slides across the Kruis River. Truly a great family adventure activity in the Garden Route. They are open 365 days a year and operate in all weather conditions.

Zipline Tours in Tsitsikamma

The eight slides, of which the longest is 211m, zigzag along cables across the river gorge, as high as 50m above the water in some places. Each section presents its own surprises, adventure, wonders and beautiful views over indigenous Tsitsikamma fauna and flora. Users can control the speed of their descent, allowing them to stop mid cable to take in some of the awesome views over the waterfalls. The guides on these Zipline Tours provide interesting commentary about the area as patrons traverse the gorge and waterfalls. This is a dry activity and rain suites will be provided when necessary. Children 3 years and older can partake in this action packed adventure thrill. Children and the timid are allowed to slide in tandem with parents or with a guide.

Rates at Tsitskamma Falls Adventures

  • R 400.00 per person
  • Special rates for tour groups
  • Booking essential
  • No group size limit
  • Produce your ID or Passport book on your birthday and receive a complimentary Waterfall Zipline Tour!