Storms River (Stormsriver) is a small village in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is located in the Garden Route and functions as the gateway to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Only a short drive east of Knysna, Storms River comprises more than just a village – it is a synonym for anything adventurous and daring, mild or wild. Storms River mouth is spanned by a suspension bridge, offering breathtaking views over rocks and coves and crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. The bridge leads to a lookout point from which sweeping views over a verdant forest and the Storms River camp reward any hike to this area. A first-class Eco-Destination, ecologically sensitive activities such as Bungee Jumping from the Bloukrans River Bridge, and Canopy Tours, are two of the most popular things to do at Storms River and surrounds!
Located on the N2 the village is easily accessible by car from Port Elizabeth and Cape Town as well as other towns along the Garden Route.
The main companies stop in Storms River at the petrol station on their Cape Town - Port Elizabeth run. The petrol station is 5km from town, all establishments in Storms River will charge something like R50 for pick up and drop off. The cheaper option: the public bus, drives from Knysna towards Port Elizabeth in the morning, returning to Knysna in the afternoon. The bus stops north of Storms River West (township) on the N2 (which is walking distance), around 7:30AM and 3:30PM, bus fare to PE costs R60, way less than what the main companies charge.
By rail & plane
There is no rail station nor airport in Storms River. Though the nearest train station is at Assegaai, in Kareedouw (40 km), as a stop of the Apple Express . The nearest airports are located either in George or in Port Elizabeth, both 180 km away.
In town you can take your vehicle or go by foot.
Tsitsikamma National Park is one of the main attractions in Storms River.
- Outback Trial Riders, Corner of Assegaai & Formosa St's, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1842. Daily 8AM-5PM. Guided horse rides through the indigenous forest R300.
- Treetop Canopy Tour, 101 Darnell St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1836 ([email protected]), . Daily 8AM-3:45PM. See the indigenous forest from the tree tops, 30m up. R450 per person, this includes a meal and guides.
- Woodcutters’ Journey, 101 Darnell St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1836 ([email protected]), . Daily 8:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:30PM. Enjoy a tractor-trailer ride down the old Storms River Pass, with a knowledgeable guide and refreshments served next to the river. Morning & afternoon R125pp, lunch R175pp..
- VINTAGE CARS IN STORMS RIVER, Marilyn's 60's Diner (Storms River Village in the Tsitsikamma), ☎ 0829206626, . 10h00 - late after Dinner, 7 days a week. A memory not to be forgotten This American Style 60’s diner is a worth wile stop just off the N2 in the Tsitsikamma. The Diner itself forgoes no detail from the checked floors to the red & white color scheme, Juke Box and sugar shakers. With its Cadillac’s and Chevy’s on display, neon rimmed signage, 50 and 60’s décor and Elvis and Marilyn memorabilia, the place looks the part to create a quirky and nostalgic feel.Owner Jan du Rand have 10 beautiful Cadillacs and Chevies on display in their Diner. Worth seeing ! Like a classic diner this restaurant serves everything from breakfast, cakes and milkshakes to All American Cocktails, burgers, steaks and diner style deserts. We offer the ideal venue for private functions and 50’s and 60’s style themed Weddings Tel: (0)42 281 1182 • www.elvisfestival.co.za • Fax: 086 611 6391 ● [email protected] Cell: 082 920 6626 No entrance, also a Restaurant.
- Storms River Township Walk, House 252, Storms River West, ☎ +27 (0)84 801-6274 ([email protected]), . Daily 8AM-5PM. Experience rural township life with local guide Geraldine. Visit the local school, creche, crafters and see how ordinary people live and work. R75pp.
- Forest Fynbos Walks, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1936 ([email protected]). Guided Forest Walks with Bob and Louise Reed, bird watchers, who love to share their knowledge of nature.
Starting at the Forest Station down-town Storms River, all have free self-issue permits at unmanned gates.
- Plaatbos Walk. Various options from 800 m to 12 km circular or linear.
- Walk to the low water bridge. About 5km, circular, follow the gravel road (the Old Pass) to the picnic site on the banks of the Storms River. Braai facilities and swim in the river.
- Goesa Walk. 2 km, easy, passes through indigenous forest.
A 22km cycle route, starting from Storms River Village, through the old Storms River Pass, passing the low water bridge over the Storms River, all the way to the viewpoint of the Tsitsikamma National Park over Storms River Mouth. From there on you can cycle the same road back, or you could walk down (with your bike) towards the suspension bridge and exit through the rest camp, returning to Storms River Village over the N2. Note: by entering the National Park from the rear, you're not paying entrance fees! Mountain bikes can be hired in town from the Mild2Wild Adventure Center and at all 3 backpackers.
- Mountain Bike Hire (at the Mild2Wild Adventure Center), 111 Darnell St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1054 ([email protected]), . Daily 8AM-5PM. R110pp.
River tubing in the Storms River starts around 8AM with a briefing, then you get fitted with wetsuits and other gear, a short 4x4 ride gets you near the river, you'll have to walk the last bit, a very steep decent. When the river is high, you can paddle all the way, when the river is low, tubing becomes more of a 'kloofing' experience. Takes till noon, where get picked up with a 4x4, driven back to town for dry clothes and a well deserved lunch. There are 2 operators in town.
- Storms River Tubing, 111 Darnell St, ☎ +27 (0)84 877-7100, . Daily before 9AM. Storms River Tubing is fun, yet physically demanding activity. R495.
- Black Water Tubing, Corner of Saffron & Darnell St's, ☎ +27 (0)42 481-1757, . Daily before 9AM. The ultimate Storm River adventure... including free braai lunch! R495.
- Elvis Festival Africa, Corner of Kamassi & Darnell St's, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1711 ([email protected]), . 30 April - 2 May 2010. Join in the spirit of this unique Festival to have some fun and dress up for this Rock and Roll Era. 30 April R60 per adult, 1 May R100 per adult, kids (6-12 yrs) half price and kids under 6 yrs free. 2 May free for all..
- Koffiepot, Darnell St. Daily 8AM-4PM.
- Mild&Wild News Cafe, 111 Darnell St. Daily 9AM-9PM. Offers affordable and nice meals.
- D'Oude Martha (at the Protea Hotel), Corner of Kamassi & Darnell St's, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1711, . A long tradition of good, home cooked food. R200pp.
- Rafters, 24 Fynbos Ave (at the Armagh), ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1512, . Family restaurant serving traditional South African cuisine. R150pp incl. wine..
- Trees, 101 Darnell St. Daily 8AM-4PM.
- Marilyn's 60's Diner, Darnell Street (Storms River Village, Tsitsikamma), ☎ 0829206626. 10h00 - after Dinner. This American Style 60’s diner is a worth wile stop just off the N2 in the Tsitsikamma. The Diner itself forgoes no detail from the checked floors to the red & white color scheme, Juke Box and sugar shakers. With its Cadillac’s and Chevy’s on display, neon rimmed signage, 50 and 60’s décor and Elvis and Marilyn memorabilia, the place looks the part to create a quirky and nostalgic feel. Like a classic diner this restaurant serves everything from breakfast, cakes and milkshakes to All American Cocktails, burgers, steaks and diner style deserts. We offer the ideal venue for private functions and 50’s and 60’s style themed Weddings Tel: (0)42 281 1182 • www.elvisfestival.co.za • Fax: 086 611 6391 ● [email protected] Cell: 082 920 6626 Reasonable.
- MARILYN'S 60's DINER, Darnell Street (Storms River in the Tsitsikamma), ☎ 082 920 6626. 10 - late after Dinner. MARILYN'S 60'S DINER - Welcome to the 50's and 60's blast from the past In the small town of Stormsrivier or Storms River Village off the N2 between Plett and Humansdorp is a memory not to be forgotten. Storms River is a quiet, untouched town right in the middle of the Tsitsikamma Forest. In the centre one will find one very retro, neon rimmed eatery ‘Marilyn’s 60s Diner’ that should not be missed. I was entranced from the moment that I set my eyes upon the cafe and like all who walked past, was immediately drawn to the interior decorating, vibrant atmosphere and fitting 60’s music playing from a juke box in the corner. The diner is decorated from the inside out with Marilyn Monroe Canvas Photo Boards, Elvis Presley Head Shots, James Dean Posters and Beatles Records. The diner leads into a ‘Garage’ of sorts where four 1950’s Cadillac’s have been polished and are shown in pristine condition automatically pulling you into your own Grease dream world. Further along a classic bar and ice cream parlour has been set up where one can purchase memorabilia and take a peek at a genuine 1960’s pin ball machine. The Diner itself forgoes no detail from the checked floors to the red & white colour scheme and sugar shakers. Like the classic diner of the movies this restaurant serves everything from breakfast, cakes and milkshake numbers to All American Cocktails, burgers, steak and diner style deserts. The menu proved to be a great read with breakfast specials named ‘The New Yorker’; ‘Egg Florida’ or ‘The All American Breakfast’. Grills & Fries were even more fun to read all named after Marilyn Monroe movies such as ‘The Seven Year Itch’ (grilled BBQ pork baby back ribs); ‘Some like it Hot’ (Rump 300g) or ‘Love Nest’ (A mixed grill with 150g Rump Steak, 100g Boerewors, one lamb chop, served with fries, onion rings and a fried egg ). Other menu sections were cleverly headed ‘Bus Stop Legendary sides’ including classic American Onion rings and Chilli Cheese Fries and ‘All Cruisin Sandwiches’. Sparing no information each alternate page provided a brief biography of stars such as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Much to my delight our soda floats and milkshakes were served in classic milkshake and ice cream sundae glasses with tall spoons. Waiters were friendly all wearing jazzy sequined top hats or berets and I wouldn’t have been surprised had they glided in on roller blades. Prices were acceptable (classic burger costing R49) and well worth the scenery. The bathrooms too were impressive and of hotel standard – clean and luxurious with added extras like Woolworth hand cream and clean, individual face cloths. Also home to a distinctive music journey ‘The Elvis Festival Africa’ running from 29 April to 2 May boasts an impressive line-up including Miss Marilyn Beauty Pageant; “Almost Elvis” Singing Competitions; SA Elvis Tribute Artists, classic cars display and much more. Without exception this American Style 50’s and 60’s diner is not to be skipped and as stated by my father is “worth travelling to”. Next time you’re travelling along the garden route, make a turn into Stormsrivier and take the time to remember and enjoy all the posters, musical numbers and memorabilia on display at this fantastic establishment. For more info visit: www.elvisfestival.co.za Article by : Robyn Smith (@Robsie01) Affordable with a huge Menu.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
|| Under R500
|| R500 to R1000
|| Over R1000
- DiJembe Backpackers Lodge, Corner of Assegaai & Formosa St's, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1842 ([email protected]), . Lodge and self-catering. Food and accommodation of all sorts. Staff is particularly angry and overall the lodge feels unclean. There is hot water available, when the water is on, though the water seems to be off every morning. Avoid if possible. Adventures like: horseriding, mountainbiking and rivertubing. From R110 pp.
- Tsalanang Township Bed&Breakfast, House 252, Storms River West (Right on stop street, go left after 1km and 4 crossings), ☎ +27 (0)84 801-6274 ([email protected]), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Enjoy rural township life at a graded dinner, bed&breakfast. Township walk included. From R150pps. (-33.9697166666667,23.8767305555556)
- Tsitsikamma Backpackers, 54 Formosa St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1868. From R110 pp.
- Tube 'n' Axe Backpackers, Corner of Saffron & Darnell St's, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1757 ([email protected]), . With camping, dorms, cosy doubles and watertight elevated tents, we’re the ideal stop for budget travellers. From R116pp.
- Serenity Retreat, Darnell St (Right on stop street, on your left after 800m.), ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1530 ([email protected]), . From R160 pps.
- Pear Tree Cottage, Formosa St (first right as you come to village, 40 m into Formosa St), ☎ +27 (0)82 427-5248 ([email protected]), . From R200 pp.
- At the Woods, 43 Formosa St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1446, . A relaxing and comfortable base from which to explore the Tsitsikamma and surrounding areas. From R350-R495pp.
- March Hare Cottage, 94 Kamassi St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1419 ([email protected]), . Luxury selfcatering cottage, fully equipped, sleeps 2 (plus sleeper couch).Discounts by negotiation. From R550 pn.
- Ploughmans Rest, 31 Formosa St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1726 ([email protected]), . Fully equipped Double or Family units. Peaceful atmosphere in large shady garden. From R200-R400pps.
- Storms River Guest Lodge, 28 Kammassi St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1703 ([email protected]), . 16 upmarket and comfortable all en-suite double rooms. From R410-R460pps.
- Woodcutters Cottage, Darnell St, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1902, . A restored forester’s home, now functions as a luxury selfcatering cottage
- Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma Village, Corner of Kamassi & Darnell St's, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1711 ([email protected]), . A reconstructed Cape Village with 50 rooms looks like is village on it's own. R360-R700pps B&B.
- The Armagh, 24 Fynbos Ave, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1512 ([email protected]), . Spacious, en suite rooms with magnificent views and private patios which lead into the sprawling natural gardens. From R295-R750pps.
- Dr. Stander, Corner of Formosa & Kamassi Streets, ☎ +27 (0)42 281-1710. Mo,Tu,Th,Fr 10AM-1PM. Doctor.
- Public Hospital, Corner of Karen & Krom St, Kareedouw, ☎ +27 (0)42 288-0210. The closest hospital is about 40km away.
- Private Hospital, Muller St, Plettenberg Bay, ☎ +27 (0)44 501-5100. The safest hospital is about 65km away.
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