In my post about our Garden Route itinerary, I briefly mentioned the Stormsriver Village. The Stormsriver Village is a tiny little town at the border of the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. Small as it is, the village packs a punch when it comes to scenery and activities.
Breakfast in the Stormsriver Village
We started the day off with breakfast at the Bistro right at the entrance of the Stormsriver Village. The variety on the menu was not too great, but there was something for each of us. The portions were good. The staff was friendly. A good way to start our day in the Stormsriver Village. Also, it serves as the information centre for the Stormsriver Village, so we got some information on things to do there.
Segway tour to the Tsitsikamma Forest
After breakfast, we made our way to Segway Tours in Stormsriver, which promised on their website to be the perfect family adventure. Doing a segway tour was a specific request the kids made and which I had been a bit reluctant to do, but I have to admit it was more fun that I had thought it would be and it turned out to be a perfect family adventure despite my misgivings.
The Segway tour lasted about 90 minutes, including the training session and the ride into the Tsitsikamma forest. It was exhilarating! The kids wanted more, but unfortunately the longer tours were fully booked.
The Stormsriver mouth
After the Segway tour, we decided to go to the Tsitsikamma section of the Stormsriver mouth to walk to the Stormsriver mouth bridge. When we arrived at the parking point nearest to the bridge, we found the most stunning place we had been on our entire road trip. The waves were wild, the scenery green and it was the ideal location to admire nature. If I ever return to the Garden Route, this is where I want to spend a few days enjoying the mood swings of the ocean here. It was breathtaking and a must-see for anyone who has an appreciation for nature.
Walking to the Stormsriver mouth bridge was quite a tough workout with plenty of stairs to climb along the way! This, together with the morning’s excitement with the Segway Tour, we were starving by this time!
Supper in the Stormsriver Village
Lucky, the Stormsriver Village, also caters for different tastes in food. We were very excited to discover Marilyn’s 60s Diner near our hotel. It serves American food and has some very cool items from the 1960s such as Cadillacs, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley memorabilia. After a delicious burger and milkshake, the kids wanted some internet time and went to the hotel room.
Hubby and I decided to explore the Tsitsikamma Micro-brewery, right next door to Marilyn’s Diner. The owner, who also happened to own Marilyn’s Diner and the hotel we stayed at, was there serving customers himself. He and hubby got into a lengthy discussion on beer and the process behind making craft beer. The beer was good, and we tried several different ones.
And so the day came to an end. It had been an almost magical day with everything we did being fun and exciting and enjoyable.
Visiting the Stormsriver Village was an experience never to be forgotten. I hope we will be able to return there one day!