Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape is about more than trees and sneaky elephants. Storms River Mouth exudes a spirit of adventure, from rocks and caves befitting a famous 5 adventure to Tolkeinesque forest where trees breathe magic. This is an unspoiled parallel universe hidden in nature’s skirt folds. Thrill seekers hike with paddles to kayak on the river. I wasn’t even brave enough to cross the swing bridge.
In Storms River Village we spent the night at Storms River Guest Lodge. Their gardens are beautiful and we suffered from serious rose envy. All accommodation in the village looks lovely, visitors are spoiled for choice. There is also a super abundance of restaurants. We all had a very specific longing for pizza in the evening and despite all on offer this quest was in vain. The wood fired pizza place Papa Africa had a great vibe, we liked their idea of a fixed price of R85 per pizza where you could choose your own 4 toppings, however 50% of the listed toppings were not available and we left frustrated. I can understand fresh toppings being hard to replace quickly in far flung places but there’s not much excuse not to stock up properly on things like capers, olives, feta and pepperdews during peak holiday season. Next we tried Tsitrus Cafe where they had the opposite problem and had run out of bases. Eventually we had a great reasonably priced meal at Tsitsikamma Village Inn.
One night in Storms River Village felt a bit like only having one spoon of pudding, leaving a desire to return for more.
Cliff’s latest passion is snorkeling and he can spend hours bobbing around half in the world we know and happier half absorbing undersea dreamscapes. I loved reading this piece about a honeymoon couple’s snorkeling experience at Storm’s river.