Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours 

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Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour / Woodcutter Journey & Guided Hikes

Experience a World of Diversity in One Forest – Situated in the Garden of the Garden Route and heart of Tsitsikamma, Stormsriver Adventures offers visitors Africa’s First – Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour. With adventure on the doorstep of your accommodation, Tsitsikamma caters for travelers from around the globe. Cuddle up in a hand knitted blanket by one of the locals while enjoying spectacular views of the Indian ocean coastline being surrounded by fauna and flora all around your bungalow.

At Stormsriver Adventures we turn Tourism activities into Tourism experiences! Enjoy being suspended 30m above the forest floor on the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, cable sliding from ten platforms, tree to tree while discovering the spectacular and unique wilderness of the Tsitsikamma Indigenous forest. Surrounded by birdlife and giant trees like the Outeniqua Yellowwood, known to us as Uncle Sam who is over 600 years old! One can easily feel like a dwarf standing against it.

The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a ‘kitting up’ session where full body harness, pulleys and climbing equipment is issued and checked. A short drive into the Tsitsikamma forest and it is time to monkey around!
From the start on the launch platform a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first tree platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms, built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods, provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting new world – any fear of heights is soon lost as you gather in your new surroundings.

Spend a couple of minutes relaxing while your guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest – pointing out different trees and the magnificent giant ferns way below. The bird life is incredible. Knysna Loeries, sightings of the elusive Narina Trogon and the Vervet monkey are not uncommon.

The Tsistikamma Canopy Tour© consists of 10 platforms and 10 ‘fufi’ slides, the longest of which is 100m! About three hours later you exit the forest, having undertaken the journey of a lifetime. You have contributed to the creation of new jobs and are helping the forest regeneration project.

Our green family fun activities which include Guided Hikes, Woodcutters Journey and Team building we are the best one stop shop for visitors to the region.

Your experience with us will not only leave you with memories for a lifetime but the world’s best eco adventure responsible tourism practices.

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Birdlife is abundant (including Knysna Loeries and the elusive Narina Trogan), and your guides will explain the ecology of the lush primeval forest. Safety is paramount, and the system has been built to the highest civil engineering standards. Guides are fully-trained professionals.

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CANOPY TOURS:

  • Duration: About 2½ to 3 hours.
  • Cost: R565.00 +R30 concession and permit fees(subject to change) = R595 p.p., including light refreshments & Guides
  • Bookings essential / Subject to availability
  • Tours conducted in all weather conditions, but can be cancelled in the interest of safety.
  • Ages from 7 years to 70 years.
  • Maximum numbers 200 pax per day (Max 8 pax per group)
  • Maximum Weight Limit: 120kg / Pregnant ladies not allowed to take part in excursion.
  • Tours are conducted in all weather conditions, but can be cancelled in the interest of safety.

Optional:

  • Capture your experience on DVD!!! R160.00 per activity – ±15-20 minutes’ video footage and ±120 downloadable still photos.

 

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WOODCUTTERS JOURNEY:

Journey with us down the old Stormsriver Pass, and experience the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially-designed vehicle. Follow the elephant trail, passing yellowwoods and stinkwoods, while hearing about the history of the area and the indigenous flora and fauna. Enjoy a delicious lunch or tea at a beautiful picnic site next to the Stormsriver, where wagons outspanned more than a century ago.

  • Departure times: Morning Tea: 08H30, Lunch: 11H30, Afternoon Tea: 14H30
  • Cost: Tea trip R300.00 p.p. Minimum of 4 pax
  • Cost: Lunch Trip R400.00 p.p. Minimum of 4 pax
  • Kids 3 and younger are free
  • Kids aged 4 – 8 years old pay 50%
  • Duration: 2½ to 3 hours
  • Tours are conducted in all weather conditions, but can be cancelled in the interest of safety
  • Bookings essential
  • (All ages) / Subject to availability

 

GUIDED HIKES:

Bookings essential / Subject to availability
Minimum 4 pax
Qualified FGASA Field guides provide an informative experience of forest ecology and bird life.

ROUTE 1 – Goesa Hiking Trail – 2km
Duration +- 1hr
R150.00 per person – including hiking snack pack/mineral water

Route description:

Discover the secrets of the spectacular Tsitsikamma Indigenous forest. As you enter the forest you will encounter Hard Pear trees, Giant Yellow Woods and other interesting Forest Flora. Stand next to a giant Outeniqua Yellow wood and feel like a dwarf against this unique creation. You will encounter beautiful Tree Ferns hundreds of years old.
The walk starts and ends at the Stormsriver Adventure Centre in Storms River Village. For most of the way this short walk (2km) traverses through our five star forests.

Plaatbos Nature Hikes (fully guided):

ROUTE 2 – Green route: 5.09km
Duration: 1-2 hours
R200.00 per person – including hiking snack pack/mineral water

ROUTE 3 – Red route: 7.78km
Duration: 2-2½ hours
R250.00 per person – including hiking snack pack

ROUTE 4 – Yellow route 8.09km
Duration: 3 hours
R300.00 per person – including hiking snack pack

ROUTE 5 – Combined red & yellow route: 11.2km
Duration: 4-5hours
R350.00 per person – including hiking snack pack

Route description:
The Tsitsikamma indigenous forest takes you back to a time where the forest was “home” to hunter gatherers and their existence in the forests. Discover how the forest lives and breathe the sounds of birds like the Knysna Loerie and Green Wood hoopoes. You will be amazed!!

The hikes traverse through indigenous forests classified as wet, medium moist and dry High Forest. Four routes have been laid out and been color-coded with yellow (8.09km), red (7.78km) and green (5.09km) footprints giving a choice of walking distances. The routes start at the Stormsriver Adventure Centre in the Storms River Village. On the yellow route you can have a picnic and swim in the Storm river at the Old Bridge picnic site. The hikes are relatively easy and an average of 3km/h can indicate the time needed to complete the various routes.

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Awards

  • Winner AHI/Old Mutual SMME Enterprise of the Year
  • Imvelo Awards – Finalist Best Social Involvement Programme
  • Imvelo Awards – Highly Commended – Most Empowered Tourism Business
  • Fair Trade in Tourism Certified Establishment