eastern cape – Baviaanskloof & Tsitsikama – storms river
The Storms River Mouth Rest Camp is located approximately 95 kms from the town of Knyna and approxinately 180kms from Port Elizabeth. The camp site is easily accessible via the N2 freeway. Take the N2 and turn onto the road that is marked by the sign 'Tsitsikama National Park Storms River Mouth'. After approximately 5 kms you will arrive at the control gate that gives access to the Tsitsikama National Park. Here you will need to pay your park fees or hand over your wild card. Once you have driven through into the Park, continue along the winding road for approximately 10 kms and the entrance to the camp site will be on your right.
Roads to the resort are tarred. The N2 freeway from either Port Elizabeth or from the Western Cape is a toll road. The freeway is in a very good condition. The road from the N2 to the camp site is also tarred and in a good condition. Any sedan can easily access the camp site.
There are more than 80 camp sites at the resort. The sites are laid out on two terraces. One terrace is right on the edge of the ocean, while the other is set slightly further back. The sites right in the front directly by the ocean are more expensive, but definitely worthwhile paying the extra charge. These sites are however very exposed to the wind and storm conditions typical of any camping site located adjacent to the ocean. Make sure to bring your storm ropes along and ensure that your tent pegs are firmly hammered into the ground. The second row of sites is more sheltered from the elements, but still have a fantastic view over the ocean. Here you will have the forest as your backdrop.
The sites are all grassed and most have a paved square to park your caravan. There are little or no shade giving trees at the camp site, so make sure to bring your gazebo along. It is easy enough to hammer your tent pegs into the grassed ground on the site.
There are numerous types of sites available. These range from Caravan Sites with electricity and views to smaller Tent Sites with no electricity and no views, and all variables in between. Please consult the web page for a more detailed listing of each available option.
If you are camping on a site with electricity, you will find the electrical box on the edge of your site. Depending on where you locate your camping equipment may depend on whether you will require an extension cord or not. Rather err on the side of caution and bring one along.
When camping on the sites without electricity, make sure that you are pretty self-sufficient in this regard.
There are a number of lamps scattered throughout the resort. Lights are also present at the ablution blocks and other amenities. It is a good idea to bring your torches along though.
All the ablution facilities at the resort are communal. There are five ablution facilities in total at the resort. - three large ones and two smaller ones. All the ablution blocks are modern, clean and neat. They are scattered throughout the resort, so you are never too far away from one.
All the bathrooms are tiled. They have a section with showers and another with toilets and basins. The bathrooms are spacious and hot water is supplied to the bathroom from electric geysers, so generally there is not an issue with the hot water supply.
Toilet paper and hand soap are supplied in the bathrooms, but it is always advisable to bring your own especially when the resort is busy.
The washing up area is located behind the ablution facilities. There is also a coin operated launderette with washing machines and tumble dryers.
Each site has its own braai. The braai is square and has a work surface adjacent to it to hold your braai tongs and other paraphernalia. There are no braai grids, so make sure to bring your own. Wood and fire lighters can be purchased at the on site shop.
Sanparks has ensured that this camp site is a nature lover's paradise. There are numerous hiking trails along the ocean and through the Tsitsikama Forest, so make sure to bring your hiking boots. The famous otter trail commences here. Or you can choose to do the shorter, but nevertheless beautiful dolphin trail or the blue duiker trail.
The area is also known for its abundant and diverse bird life, making it a must to bring your binoculars and your birding book along.
Bring your swimming costume along for a dip in the ocean, Alternatively, there is a tidal pool that is ideal for keeping cool during those hot summer days.
Sanparks has a number of initiatives with private providers for various adventure activities that are permitted in the Tsitsikama Forest. It is advisable to inquire at the reception about these activities, Activities include rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and kloofing.
Alternatively, take the time to explore the quaint town of Storms River. Here you will be able to participate in such adventurous activities as black water rafting, kayaking, forest walks, zip-lining, Segway tours and many more. And, whilst in the village, do make a point of enjoying a burger and a milkshake at the Marilyn's 60's old style diner. The 60's museum and the art and craft initiatives are well worth a visit too.
The is a shop on site which stocks a variety of curios and basic food items. There is also a restaurant with a takeout option. The reception is also very helpful with regards finding out what to do in and around the area.
Telephone number: 012-428-9111 (central reservations)
e-mail: email@example.com or book online
website: www.sanparks.org or go directly to the webpage
This resort is a nature lover's dream destination. The combination of ocean and forest are spectacular. The adventurous traveler will definitely not be disappointed here. However, the views are so beautiful that often the best time spent here is just sitting in your camping chair, looking over the ocean, whilst relaxing and rejuvenation the soul.