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Posted on: Monday, 30 May 2011

I Love Storms River Because…

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I ♥ Storms River

I ♥ Storms River

Hi, I’m Kitty from Serenity Retreat in Storms River on the Garden Route / Eastern Cape.

Storms River IS BEST KNOWN FOR the Tsitsikamma National Park and suspension bridge across the river mouth, The Big Tree and our ancient indigenous forests – and the famous Tsitsikamma Tree Top Tour.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT The Big Tree, Storms River Mouth and on the Tree Top Canopy Tours, the Bloukrans Bungi Jump – lots of these activities can even offer you a DVD of your adventure.

THE BEST forset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT at in the Plaatbos indigenous forests and the best coastal pictures on the Waterfall Trail (first 3 kms of the Otter Trail) and at the Storms River Mouth.

I ♥ Storms River

I ♥ Storms River

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Storms River Bridge, having fun on Blackwater Tubing, and in our picturesque and quirky downtown Storms River Village – have your photo taken in one of Jan’s famous Cadillacs.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO walk beneath clear blue skies, savouring the colours and sounds of the forest, fynbos and smelling the unpolluted air.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO marvel at the forces of nature that surround us, curl up with a good book and be grateful that the rain is keeping our forest’s green and our rivers flowing.

I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS March / April, BECAUSE the weather is more stable whilst still being pleasantly warm and the colours of autumn are incredible.

I ♥ Storms River

I ♥ Storms River

MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS the terrace at Rafters Restaurant – set amongst the fynbos with bird chorus and smiling and enthusiastic staff.

FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST Rafters, Marilyn’s Diner or Finebush Farm.

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Rafters Restaurant, TRY THE Cape Malay curries, homecooked stews and bobotie, buffet night and double sided log fire in winter.

BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK is hard to find in Storms River – we are country folk who do not party the night away.

MY FAVOURITE viewing SPOT IS sitting on the deck down at Storms River Mouth watching waves, people, birds, dolphins (when they are around) and nature at its very very best.

IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO Tsitsikamma Village Inn. It has a relaxed and friendly vibe with super restaurant, lovely bar where they show Rugby and other sporting events and If you want to meet locals, go to the Village Inn or the Coffee Pot – always frequented by local villagers.

I ♥ Storms River

I ♥ Storms River

Storms River’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS Elvis lives here! Deep in the forest.

MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS walk the dogs in the fynbos and mingle and talk in a peaceful and safe environment.

FOR SOME LIVE MUSIC, I LIKE TO GO TO Tsitsikamma Village Inn where they often showcase local talent, or the nearby Barnyard Theatre at the Crags.

TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO gaze at the stars in unpolluted skies and realise that all of this is not by chance.

IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY Tree Top Canopy Tours, Ziplining or – The Bloukrans Bungi Jump!!

I ♥ Storms River

I ♥ Storms River

MY FAVOURITE WALK / DRIVE IS down the old Storms River Pass (traffic free), through the indigenous forest to the Storms River – there is an amazing picnic spot there and the forest is alive with sounds, smells and colours of nature.

MY FAVOURITE craft SHOP IS Storms River Adventures where they showcase and sell crafts produced by our local community.

MY FAVOURITE ocean WATCHING SPOT IS at the Waterfall – on the 3km trail which day visitors can do (first 3km of the Otter Trail).

IF YOU’RE HERE IN April, JOIN IN THE FUN AT the Elvis Festival.

MY FAVOURITE GALLERY IS Stormsriver Village Info Centre (to be honest we only have one) where local artists from the Bitou Art Studio display their works. CHECK OUT THE watercolours by Johan Brink and his wife Marion’s vibrant and quirky oil paintings.

I ♥ Storms River

I ♥ Storms River

MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, FOR ITS historical significance and sense of permanence it lends to our Village – it has stood the test of time.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS the Woodcutters Journey – their little legs can be carried on an open tractor and trailer ride down the Stormsriver Pass to the River or take a trip to one of the many animal sanctuaries at the nearby Crags – monkeys, birds, elephants, wild cats.

BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS walking, hiking which is  mostly free and the good for the body, mind and soul.

WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO treat myself to a Spa Treatment at the Tsitsikamma Mountain Spa at the Armagh Country Lodge followed by a relaxed lunch on the terrace – fresh locally produced salads, preserves, cheeses and veggies – and always those friendly faces.

I ♥ Storms River

I ♥ Storms River

THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS smiles, friendly faces, an unhurried way of life and relative cross cultural harmony. Care and Co-operation are the default setting of most of our local okes.

MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS trip out to the luxury and tranquillity of Forest Ferns – perched on the edge of the river gorge and – the Dolphin Trail.

WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I help out with some counselling and coaching regarding substance abuse issues, anger and stress management  – a service offered from the heart – and an issue I have a passionate desire to help overcome.

I Love Storms River BECAUSE it feels like home – a warm, safe and loving family – with a few oddballs!

Serenity Retreat

Serenity Retreat

Serenity Retreat

Serenity Retreat offers budget self catering accommodation in Storms river in safe surroundings in the heart of the Tsitsikamma – an ideal base from which to explore. We offer peace and privacy for people wanting to relax and unwind surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Tsitsikamma. Our self catering unit is a colourful and comfortable house which has an en-suite family room (interleading rooms with queen size bed and single bed) and two separate rooms with twin beds and double bunk sharing separate shower / toilet.

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Desirable Digits

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours: +27 (0)42 281-1836
Bloukrans Bungi: +27 (0)42 281-1458
Platbos: +27 (0)82 411-0448
Otter Trail: +27 (0)12 426-5111
Rafters Restaurant: +27 (0)42 281-1512
Tsitsikamma Village Inn: +27 (0)21 794-9050
Woodcutters Journey: +27 (0)42 281-1836
Tsitsikamma Mountain Spa: +27 (0)42 281-1587

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