I’ve driven past Storms River village in the Tsitsikamma Forest on the N2 scores of times, thinking it would be too far off the N2 for just a look-see. Well, surprise number one was that it’s only about 600 metres off the N2, and surprise number two was what a charming little village it is. Clean, well-maintained and none of the pot-holes one experiences elsewhere in the Eastern Cape. I felt as though I was still in the Western Cape! Ignoring the new provincial boundaries, this is still part of the Garden Route. It is at the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest.
There are only about 80 houses in the village (or that’s the number of electrical connections) with a fair number of accommodation establishments — yes, tourism is the biggest business here. But prepared to be surprised by what you do find in this tiny village.
My main reason for visiting Storms River though was to meet Ashley Wentworth. It was the brochures that you find everywhere for his Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours that had really piqued my interest in the village and which really put Storms River on the map. (More about him and his company in the next post.)