05 August 2014 by Andrea Weiss

Mother Nature puts on a show at Storms River Mouth

Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma is a dramatic location, all the more so when there are high seas.

The suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth

On a recent visit to Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, I was hoping to take part in an activity offered by Untouched Adventures, which takes visitors on a two- to three-hour kayak and lilo trip from the mouth up the river gorge.

Kayak and lilo activity. Image courtesy of Untouched Adventures

First you kayak under the suspension bridge past a bat cave, and then when you reach the shallower stretch of the river, you transfer to an inflatable lilo. From here it's a gentle paddle further up the gorge to a place where ordinary boats can't go. At the end, there are some long, deep pools and they promise the chance to do a bit of cliff jumping too.

Sounds like a lot of fun, but Mother Nature had other ideas. 

Breaking waves

Because of the huge swell, I had to content myself with a walk to the magnificent suspension bridge that crosses the river mouth.

Storms River Mouth

Early on a Sunday morning, I was the only person there so I had to use my camera's timer to take this 'selfie'. I was a bit worried about the huge waves rolling in and splashing my camera.

Selfie

Along the way, I paused to admire some local flora and fauna ...

Arum lily
Dassie

... and the way in which the thundering seas were rolling the stones around below the bridge, polishing them into smooth, round boulders.

Boulder polishing

With these stormy seas, there was a sky to match.

Stormy sky

Next time I visit, I hope that I'll be able to paddle upstream to view this enticing-looking gorge.

The river gorge

And, for anyone wanting to visit, I can highly recommend the walk to the suspension bridge, which is a work of art in itself.

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