Day Trip: Storms River in Tsitsikamma National Park

Written by AmakayaBP

Tsitiskamma National Park and Storms River Mouth, less than an hour’s drive from us in Plettenberg Bay, must be one of the most beautiful places in the world: ocean, mountains, indigenous forest, Fynbos and blue sky.

We often recommend that our guests at Amakaya Backpackers take a day trip through to Tsitsikamma for the natural beauty and amazing scenery, and, if they choose, a day packed full of every imaginable adventure: hiking, bungy jumping, zip-lining, snorkelling, swimming, Segway, kayaking and more…

The jewel in Tsitsikamma’s crown, for us, would have to be the Storms River Mouth. A beautiful stretch of coastline, with towering cliffs and accessible where the gorge feeds into the ocean – the mouth. A place where thundering waves crash into a rocky shoreline that merges with a wall of indigenous forest. The river mouth is often calm and clear – ideal for snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving – but, as its name suggests is prone to some stormy and dramatic days. If you’d prefer to stay above the water, Untouched Adventures offers an unforgettable kayak and lilo adventure up into the magnificent gorge, where you’ll paddle amongst the ancient cliffs and waterways. Take a look at the video below if this seems like something you might enjoy, highly recommended! 

Photographers, birders, trail runners and hikers are spoilt for choice in Tsitsikamma, with a variety of trails to take in the views, fauna and flora of the region. Some species to look out for:

Dolphins and whales: Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Southern Right and Humpback whales are most common. 

African Black Oystercaster:  Several pairs of South Africa’s most threatened bird species nest along the park’s coastline.

Knysna Turraco: Turraco, for the beautiful scarlet colour of its wings, this shy bird is also known as the Knysna Loerie.

Cape Clawless Otter: You’ll be very lucky to spot one of these adorable and elusive animals, although they do hunt crabs along the coastline, often in the early morning.

Blue Duiker: You may encounter this miniature antelope along a forest trail.

Hiking Trails in Tsitsikamma:

The Lourie Trail (1km – 1 hour)
If you’re pressed for time, then take the Lourie Trail, relatively easy and passing through both Fynbos and coastal forest, emerging onto a plateau at the awesome Agulhas lookout point.

Blue Duiker Trail (3,7km – 2 hours)
Take a breath and head into the heart of the forest where the true giants of the Tsitsikamma forest, the Outeniqua Yellowwood, will leave you speechless. The trail ends where the famous Otter Trail begins.

Waterfall Trail (6km – 3 hours)
Find out if you have what it takes to do the famous Otter Trail, by hiking the first 3km of rugged coastline to the magnificent waterfall, which plunges into a deep pool, before flowing on to the sea. If you’re planning on hiking the Waterfall Trail, we suggest that you give yourself plenty of time, it’s fairly strenuous and caution is recommended at high tide, but well worth the effort!

Important Information:

  • There is a restaurant and curio shop at the river mouth, so you can buy water and snacks, or relax and enjoy the views.
  • Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen
  • Day Visitors Times: 7am – 10pm
  • Day Visitor Costs:

SA Citizens: R49 per adult per day │R24 per child per day

SADC Nationals: R98 per adult per day │R49 per child per day