After our first night at Hog Hollow in The Crags we enjoyed a buffet breakfast and then headed off for an early start in the direction of Storms River Village, crossing over the most amazing bridges and ravines on our way including the one which is home to the highest bungy jump in the world!
Not quite sure what to expect all we were told was to wear walking shoes and bring warm jackets… and off we headed on a huge 4×4 forest-friendly vehicle, into the jungle!
Immediately the temperature dropped as we entered the canopy of trees of the Tsitsikamma Forest and followed the old Storms River pass road beneath the overhanging mountain crags and amidst the ferns!
Our driver and guide both made the adventure so entertaining for both the adults and the kids. We stopped at various points along the way to learn more about the history of the area and how the road came to be built by Thomas Bain and a team of Italian prisoners of war following the contour along which the local elephants used to migrate!
We also found out more about the flora and fauna of the the indigenous forest as we passed incredible tree ferns, stinkwoods, yellow woods and many other tree species. A stop at the “Old Man’s Face” tree, or “Human” tree as it’s also known, was a highlight for the kids as was the amazing bird book that come complete with a special bird call maker which they found fascinating…. swiping across each bird from the area and listening to it’s call, then hoping to hear a return one from the forest treetops!
After a while we stopped to walk the rest of the way on foot while out driver went ahead. This was a special way to enjoy the silence of the surrounds and get to take a closer look at the beautiful details of each plant.
And then just when we thought our feet would never feel the same from the cold seeping through our rather thin soles, we rounded the corner and discovered a sunny picnic spot right next to the Storms River. The place where wagons would have stopped to enjoy their own picnic lunch many centuries before us!
The bonus here was that the Storms River Adventures team had packed us a picnic and set it out for us to enjoy… We’ve never tasted a better lasanga!
This was a really great way to spend a morning – educational, entertaining AND some exercise thrown in for good measure. All in all The Woodcutters Journey in the Tsitsikamma Forest is a fun family outing on the Garden Route.
Departure times & Costs
Morning Tea: 08:30 (R200.00 p.p. Min 6 pax)
Lunch: 11:30 (R250.00 p.p. Min 4 pax)
Afternoon Tea: 14:30 (R200.00 p.p. Min 6 pax)
Duration: 2½ to 3 hours
Bookings essential & subject to availability.
Tours are conducted in all weather conditions, but can be cancelled in the interest of safety.
Images: Kathryn Rossiter