Here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet – South Africa & Lesotho & Swaziland chapter on the Eastern Cape about Storms River:
“Don’t get confused between Storms River and Storms River Mouth (in Tsitsikamma National Park). From the N2 the Storms River signpost points to this village that lies outside the national park. Storms River is an odd little hamlet with tree-shaded lanes, a range of places to stay and an outdoor centre.
East of the village on the N2 is the Big Tree, a huge, 36m-high yellowwood, and a forest with many fine examples of candlewood, stink-wood and assegai. The 4.2km Ratel Trail begins here, with signs describing the trees in this forest, one of the best-preserved in South Africa. ”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
When I read about the opportunity to ride a series of zip-lines crisscrossing over waterfalls on the Kruisriver, I was excited to give it a try. I had tried a zip-line once at an adventure camp outside of Edmonton on a ‘gals’ weekend with my friends. It was terrific, but just short ride over the forest floor. Anil had never tried a zip-line before. We’d had plenty of opportunities to try it during our travels, but I wanted it to be something unique. I’ve always loved waterfalls, and this opportunity was unique, we just had to give it a go.
After studying the map of the Eastern Cape, we decided that we’d come far enough and it was time to begin the return journey towards Cape Town, but along an inland route instead of retracing our drive along the coast. By slipping into the western edge of the Eastern Cape province, we could stay for two nights and give ourselves to try the zip-line in the Tsitsikamma National Park and the hike down to the sea at Storms River Mouth.
Initially, we’d thought that we would drive all the way to Port Elizabeth, but gave up on that idea when realized it was still another 170kms east, and after we’d read more about the city itself. We read about Route 62, the inland highway that was the built in 1926 and took motorists from Plettenburg Bay all the way to Oudtshoorn and then north to Price Albert and the Little Karoo. We now had a more formal plan, we just had to finish up at Storms River with some adventures. It seemed the perfect end to our eastward journey.
I loved our stay at the Tsitsikamma Lodge. It was beautifully decorated, comfy and close to the two activities we’d set for ourselves. The zip-line was a thrill of a life-time and our hike to the sea was memorable in its own way. We woke up on our last morning at the lodge to find little red hearts on our placemats. We’d been so busy; we didn’t even remember it was Valentine’s Day.