Storms River Cycle Trail in Stormsrivier, Eastern Cape
The Storms River Mountain Bike Trail is situated in the Tsitsikamma Region in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The cycle route starts at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn in Storms River Village and is a circular route between 22 and 55 km. The route follows the old national road through the Tsitsikamma National Park and along the Storms River Pass. The route offers amazing forest and coastal views.
The route starts with a 2 km level stretch and fairly easy ride through the indigenous forest. A steep 5 km descent follows on down to the Storms River. Here riders can take a break and swim in the river near the low-water section.
From the river there is a hard, steep 2 km ride, but after this the route levels out and a fairly easy ride through the SAFCOL pine plantations follows. From here riders can choose to follow the jeep tracks for the longer route or travel back on the return trail through a mature plantation which rejoins the original route for a 5 km climb back to the trailhead.
Things to See and Do
- Storms River
- Storms River Mouth Viewpoint
- Indigenous Forest
- Pine Plantations
The first 7 km of the trail is through the National Park and there is no cost for the permit, the permit can be collected at the gate at the beginning of the Pass. A permit is required for the second part of the route to the lookout point and must be obtained from the office in Storms River before embarking on the cycle route. Please contact the office directly to confirm the prices.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 11˚C and 30˚C with the highest rainfall months being November and March.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with high rain usually in August.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into Port Elizabeth Airport, Eastern Province and George Airports, Western Province, the closest Airports to this region. The N2 from both the East and West will lead you into the Tsitsikamma region and car hire facilities are located at both Airports.
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