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Storms River Kayak & Lilo

Storms River Mouth

Activity Description

“Our favourite!” The 2 hour Storms River Kayak & Lilo Adventure is our most popular adventure activity in Tsitsikamma National Park! If you are keen to explore deeper into the Storms River Gorge in Tsitsikamma, and experience the long, deep, quiet pools, then the Kayak and Lilo trip is for you!

We paddle from the Harbour next to the small beach across the ocean, then under the Suspension Bridge and up the beautiful Storms River Mouth. Please note that if the sea is rough, you have to hike to the Suspension Bridge (along a boardwalked trail), where we then hike along the river from the suspension bridge up to the jetty to where you then get on onto your kayaks. This 1km hike takes about 30 min

This is where the true Kayaking adventure begins – paddling the Storms River, the pinnacle of Tsitsikamma National Park. After waving to all the tourists photographing you from the Suspension Bridge, we continue the kayak trip up the Stormsriver. We paddle right into the bats cave and spend time gazing up at the magnificent and spectacular cliffs all around us, all from the comfort of our double sit-on-top kayaks.

At the low-water point we disembark our kayaks and we jump on our unique Lilo’s. (a Lilo is an inflatable mattress that we’ve had specially made for this trip). From here we walk and float over a short section of rocks and simply wade deeper up the river on the Lilo’s. What a stunning view it is, laying on a Lilo at water level, and gazing up to cliffs that touch the sky! At reaching a certain point, we simply turn our Lilo’s around and float back down river to our Kayaks!

ACTIVITY BREAKDOWN
When the ocean is safe to kayak over the trip will involve in total: 10 minutes briefing, 20-30 minutes of ocean kayaking, 30-40 minutes of river kayaking, 40 minutes on Lilo and +/- 20 minutes Cliff Jumping, swimming and some time in between of just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view. If the ocean is unsafe to kayak over, the trip will involve in total: +/- 40 minutes of hiking through the forest, 10 minutes of briefing, 30-40 minutes of river kayaking, 40 minutes on Lilo and +/- 20 minutes Cliff Jumping, swimming etc. as above.

PLEASE NOTE: The kayak & lilo activity starts half an hour after the time slot booked for as it takes time to have the briefing (see above), be kitted out etc.

Arrangements

ProviderUntouched Adventures
DurationOpen Ended
WhenSeven days a week, all year round, subject to availability.
WhereWe are located INSIDE Tsitsikamma National Park, at Storms River Mouth. Our office overlooks the Storms River Mouth and ocean, and we are tucked nicely underneath the restaurant. From Plettenberg Bay we are approximately a 45km drive down the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. Take the RIGHT hand turn "Tsitsikamma National Park", and drive to the Park Gate. From the entry of the National Park there is only one road, so you can't get lost! Follow this road to the very end, park in the carpark and follow the red Untouched Adventures signs underneath the restaurant to the Storms River Harbour. From Jeffreys Bay we are approximately 1 hours drive down the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay. After you drive over the Storms River Bridge and pass the petrol station, pass Storms River Village, and turn LEFT at the "Tsitsikamma National Park" sign and drive to the Park Gate. (This left hand turn is before the toll gates - so if you've passed the Bungy and are at the Toll Gates, you've gone too far!). From the entry of the National Park there is only one road, so you can't get lost! Follow this road to the very end, park in the carpark and follow the red Untouched Adventures signs underneath the restaurant to the Storms River Harbour. Important Notes: - SANParks Gate entry fees are excluded from our Pricing. - During Peak season there is a delay at the Gate entry and we strongly suggest arriving at least 1 hour before your trip to give enough time to get through the gate.
WeatherIn the event of big swell or strong winds, the trip will automatically be transferred to a Hike, Kayak and Lilo. This can take up to 2 hours 30 minutes, with +/- 40minutes of forest hiking. The group will be guided to the Storms River Mouth along a board walked hiking trail and start the kayak and lilo adventure from the safety of the river mouth. Weather is constantly monitored and the trip will be cancelled if safety is a concern.
What to WearMask, Swimming costume, shirt and closed toe shoes (on the colder days bring warm clothes) - wetsuits and water shoes available for rent
Things to BringMask, Swimwear, warm clothes, Towel and Change of Clothes
Guests or SpectatorsFor the guests not going on the adventure, there is a restaurant and beautiful hiking trails to do while you wait.

Requirements

Minimum Age5 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight170.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuides escort each group, and the following gear is provided - Kayak, PFD, Lilo's, and Paddles.
Exclusions National Park Conservation/Gate Entry fees are not included. Please bring your own Mask and wear the mask at all times during the activity.

Notes

All guests are required to wear a Mask during the activity and on check-in will need to have temperature checked. If you do have any of the following symptoms please cancel your activity and we will give you a voucher that is valid for 3 years. Symptoms: Sore throat, coughing, red eyes, nausea, fever, difficulty breathing.

Please note: We are located INSIDE the National Park, and gate entry fees must be paid upon arrival. Please note that we are currently experiencing approximately one-hour delays at the entrance gate due to renovations by SANPARKS. Please allow for extra time.

During the peak summer season, it can take an hour or longer to get through the National Park gate. Please allow for this in your travel planning as there are no refunds for late/no shows.

NOTE: If you are requiring times or group sizes other than those shown please contact our shop on 073 1300 689 / 076 959 2817 during business hours as other time slots may be available.

Customer Reviews

What an awesome experience! We'd never done anything like this and had always wanted to. It was everything we expected and more. Thank you. - Kelsey Chipps


Brilliant experience and awesome service from the Team. From the Admin to the Guides, to the overall experience - it was exceptionally beautiful and invigorating doing my first jump into black water from 4 meters. - Heather Cousins


The kayak and Lilo was a very nice experience. We got onto the river and we enjoyed the beauty of this area. Our guides were also great ! Definitely a worth doing experience in Tsitsikamma National Park. - Panos Mimikos


What an amazing family adventure. Stan and Curtley were fantastic and we enjoyed a family trip kayaking up the spectacular Storms River with our 7 and 10 year old. Our guides were knowledgeable and chatted to us en-route sharing nuggets about the ocean, animal life, rock formations and plants! Highly recommended for adventurous families and great for all ages! - Samantha Gouws


We had a fun experience kayaking - the guides were helpful and patient, informative and friendly! It's a great way to spend a few hours and I will recommend it! To improve the service - I would have definitely had a flask/ drink and a snack in the rocks for when one returns from the lilos and gets back in the kayaks! It would have been a welcome touch as it was cold.....but in summer - a nice idea too! I also think it would be great if you offered to take photographs - this would bring extra income for you....it's really difficult to use a camera/phone o this trip if you're not used to kayaking! And one does want to have those pictures!! - Tanya Glazer




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