You can indulge is some water sports such as scuba diving (they also have an introductory course for beginners), kayaking, canoeing and boating. It is a must do in this picturesque location. I simply did not have the hear to leave this place.
We did a boat ride and it was very bumpy but exciting with gorgeous views of the Storms River Gorge.
There are two rides to choose from, both equally good. One is through the gorge and under the suspension bridge which is cheaper and lasts for half an hour. The other lasts for one hour and takes you up to the water fall through the sea. Both are different and equally good.The rates vary from time to time.
Some people are not into walking over those wooden logs towards the suspension bridge, but still you can wonder around the place over the hard access roads.
You can watch the sea pound against the cliffs in front of the restaurant or even have a look at the small waterfall just behind the restaurant. But it’s a nice break from driving over the N2 towards your destination.
So relax and spend some time there.
When you only have a few hours or less time do the walk towards the suspension bridge over the Storm River. It's a good chance to stretch your legs and the landscapes are good.
The trail starts just behind the restaurant and the first thing you see is a small waterfall coming down from the rocks. And from there on the track starts. Most of it is on a wooden log floor.
During the trail you get some glimpse of the suspension bridge and when you arrive at this bridge, you probably can see why they call this the Storm River.
When you want to know more, see my travelogue: A short walk towards the suspension bridge
But there is also the option to book accommodation or go on a 5 day hike, for more details for these and other activities check their website.
The area around the bridge has been, and still is a very popular stopover for travelers. Besides the attraction of the bridge, there are a few shops, restaurants and petrol station. You will also find a very good Information Centre where you can do reservations and bookings. The 'Biltong Pantry' sells some of the best, including ostrich and kudu.
The Bloukrans Gorge is spanned by a the amazing Bloukrans Bridge. From here, you will be able to do the highest bungy jump in the world! 216m
It is spectacular to watch, and there are very good viewpoints.
You will also find a restaurant and souvenir shop at the site. It is extremely busy and popular during peak season - Dec/Jan, and expect to wait quite some time for your turn.
See the website of FaceAdrenalin for very good info and videoclips.
I was only a spectator - it is VERY HIGH!
There are many things to do in the area, within 10 to 30 kilometres from the Park. If you travel a few kilometers on the N2 direction Port Elizabeth, you will find the small village of Stormsriver. It has changes a lot during he past few years, but still have a relaxed atmosphere. From the village you have a beautiful view of the Formosa Mountain, part of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range.
From here you will be able to organise many adventures including:
Tree top (canopy) tours
Abseiling and climbing
There is accommodation available in the village and a good info centre.
As you drive along the N2 , you cannot help but notice this fantastic bridge . It has an area where you can fill up with petrol, leave you car and walk to the lookout point from where you are able to take the most stunning pics.
This stretch of the coast is quite wild and rocky, but there are lovely little beaches dotted here and there.
At this park there is a brown sand beach just below the restaurant area.
I noticed some people sun tanning in the camp site or on the rocks too..as long as it's not too bumpy I guess it's fine.
I would personally choose to sun tan at the beach though :)
This beach is found at the start of the Suspension Bridge Trail.
If you arent feeling that adventurous or fit, try the Waterfall Trail!
It is basically the first day of the Otter Trail and you see some beautiful vegetation.
You also get to swim in the waterfall, so make sure you bring your swimming costume!
Two of South Africa's most popular hikes lie in this area.
The Otter Trail (41km/25 miles long) and the even longer Tsitsikamma Trail (60 km/37 miles long).
The first trail extends from Storm's River mouth (where the suspension bridge is), to Nature's Valley beach.
People from all over the world come here to cplete one of these two trails, we know a few people who have done it, said it was rough, but exhilerating and thoroughly enjoyable.
You go through stunning ravines, dense foliage, across streaming rivers, and get to see so much natural wildlife... little animals and birds. Unspoilt vegetation!
What an experience :)
In the Tsitsikamma forest is a huge tree called Big Tree.
It is 800 years old, and even though by some world standards it isnt that big, by South African standards it is really big!
You can enter via the main highway (N2), park your car and pay R5 to get into this protected area.
It is a really nice walk to get to the tree, with a boarded walkway, which makes walking really easy, no matter what footwear you are wearing!
I do not have a photo of this tree, this is a photo of the beautiful surrounding area
This lovely bridge was built in 1969 by Jackie De Vos.
It is 77 metres long and 7 metres high.
Interestingly enough, if you are wondering re how strong it is, they have calculated that it would only break if you had 3,600 people on it at the same time!
Now that is really reassuring, but I doubt they'd even get that many people on it... so, if you are unsure of the safety of this swaying bridge, I hope your fears are allayed by this information!
The 45 minute walk to the bridge is called the Suspension Trail.
The suspension bridge is probably the most popular thing to see here.
After about a 45 minute walk from the restaurant, along some boarded walks, you reach the bridge.
It is an easy walk, amongst dense foliage and gorgeous scenery.
We stopped quite a few times walking along here, you just have to, it is so beautiful!
It is thin and sways easily, however it is actually really strong. It is not something I would bounce up and down on though!
We made sure we went on it when no-one else did... especially as if you cross paths it is quite close for comfirt out there, above the river mouth, with all those sharks swimming beneath you.
The Park is quite big and the diversity is amazing. There are indigenous forest, fynbos, dolphins, clawless cape otter, blue duiker and many more.
Special mention: you might spot the African Black Oyster Catcher, a beautiful bird which is unforunately on the resd data list mentioned as threatened.
On the hiking trails you will most probably encounter many of these things mentioned.