Storms River Suspension bridge
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Storms River Suspension Bridge: A helpful guide to see the bridge

The Storms River Suspension Bridge is a prominent attraction along South Africa’s Garden Route. It’s important not to mix it up with the Storms River Bridge. Both are along the Garden Route, but they are different bridges. The Storms River Bridge, also called the Paul Sauer Bridge, is an arch bridge right next to the N2 highway. The Storms River Suspension Bridge, however, is in Tsitsikamma National Park, about 19 km (or a 25-minute drive) from the Storms River Bridge. Because of its location, people sometimes call it the Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridge.

Storms River Bridge
Storms River (Paul Sauer) Bridge, just off the N2 highway
Storms River Suspension bridge
Storms River Suspension Bridge, Tsitsikamma National Park

If you’re interested in learning more about the Storms River Suspension Bridge (above image) specifically, then this blog post is for you. I’ll share information on how to visit this iconic bridge, including details about the Storms River Suspension Bridge walk, Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma) entrance fee, and other useful tips and general information.

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Important to know before visiting

Where to begin: The storms river bridge walk begins at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, which is located within the Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma section) of the Garden Route National Park.

Distance and time: From the parking lot at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, it is an easy ~two-kilometer round trip walk to the suspension bridge. The trail winds along 900 meters of wooden boardwalk through the Forest and is suitable for children, too.

Storms River Suspension Bridge entrance fee: Because the Storms River Suspension Bridge is part of the National Park, you will need to pay a daily conservation fee to enter the region. The fee is payable when entering the Tsitsikamma (Storms River Mouth) section of The Garden Route National Park. Daily Conservation fees for 1 November 2023 โ€“ 31 October 2024 are as follows:

  • South African Citizens and Residents: ZAR74 for adults (12+), ZAR37 for children (2-11 years)
  • SADC Nationals: ZAR148 for adults (12+), ZAR74 for children (2-11 years)
  • International (non-South African citizens: ZAR296 for adults (12+), ZAR148 for children (2-11 years)

Opening and Closing Times: The park gates open at 8 am and close at 5 pm for day visitors. So, make sure to allow enough time to complete and enjoy the trail(s).

Where does the Storms River Suspension Bridge trail start?

First, enter the park through the main gate at Storms River Mouth (The Garden Route Tsitsikamma Section Entrance). Here you will complete a gate registration and indemnity form, as well as pay the storms river mouth entrance fee. Then, you will get a trail map of all the hiking routes, which includes the walk to the suspension bridge.

Storms River Mouth Tsitsikamma entrance gate
Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma) Entrance Gate

After passing through the gates, continue following the road for about 20 minutes, until you eventually turn right at the entrance to the Otter Trail Caravan site. If you’re a day visitors, you can then park your car in the parking lot here and proceed to the trail.

The parking lot at Storms River

Although the start of the storms river mouth bridge trail isn’t clearly marked, just head for the Untouched Adventures Booking office on the edge of the parking lot.

Untouched Adventures Booking Office – a feature you can use to find the start of the storms river suspension bridge trail.

Go around the building, and then you’ll see a sign on a staircase, indicating the start of the walk to the suspension bridge.

The staircase marking the start of the storms river suspension bridge trail.

What is the walk to the Storms River Suspension Bridge like?

Overall, it’s a fairly easy walk with many lookout spots along the way to rest or to take pictures. The trail starts along a wooden boardwalk through the forest, with beautiful ocean views along the way. It’s about a one-hour round trip there and back from this starting point. However, if you’re like me and stop for a million photos along the way, allow for a bit more time.

There are actually a series of three bridges. After crossing the first two, you will reach the longest bridge. This 77m long bridge that hangs 7m above the gorge was constructed in 1969, underwent repairs in 1996, and was reconstructed in 2006.

Storms River Suspension bridge

Pictures can’t capture the real magic of this place. Once you step onto the bridge, you get amazing views of the deep gorge shaped by the Storms River. The cliffs rising dramatically from the water are also really impressive! Far below us we could see people kayaking in the Gorge. It looked absolutely incredible and if you’re interested in this be sure to check out the Kayak & Lilo activity at Untouched Adventures on your way back. It’s a two-and-a-half-hour kayak adventure deep into the Storms River Gorge, and my goodness it must be phenomenal!

Kayaks at the Storms River Gorge

After you cross the suspension bridge, there’s a small pebble beach on the other side. It’s a nice place to dip your toes in the water and relax. Then, you can return to the beginning of the trail along the same path you took before.

storms river suspension bridge

A trip to the Storms River Suspension Bridge in Tsitsikamma National Park is a must for those who love nature and a little adventure. From a forest hike to the stunning views, the trail is a beautiful representation of what the region offers.

Top Tip when visiting the Storms River Suspension Bridge

There are plenty of other hiking trails in the area. If you’re a day visitor and have already paid the entrance fee, why not make the most of your day by exploring the additional trails, such as the Waterfall Trail and Blue Duiker Trail. Fair warning, though. You need to be relatively fit to do multiple trails in a day.

Where to stay near the Storms River Suspension Bridge

Amperda Log Cabins

Amperda Log Cabins

Tucked on a working farm in a quiet spot surrounded by forests and mountains, Amperda Log Cabins are perfectly located for exploring nearby attractions. Popular spots like Storms River Mouth, the Big Tree, and the Bloukrans Bungee jump are just a short 10-30 minute drive away.

This is one of my personal recommendations and if you’d like to read about our stay, click here.

Storms River Beautiful Cottage

Beautiful Garden Cottage

Stay at the Beautiful Garden Cottage in Stormsrivier, featuring air conditioning and a patio. It’s set in a lovely garden and is just 24 km from Bloukrans Bridge. The cottage has a terrace with garden views, two bedrooms, a living room with a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen with a dishwasher and oven. The bathroom has a shower, and towels and bed linen are provided. There’s also a seating area and a fireplace for relaxing, free WiFi and free private parking.

Staying in the park at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp is another great choice. This puts you right in the middle of all the action.

Storms River Mouth Rest Camp

Choose from well-placed Oceanettes, open-plan chalets, family cottages, forest huts or a standalone honeymoon cottage, all with living rooms and fully equipped, self-catering kitchens; something to meet everybodyโ€™s requirements and pockets.

Various Accommodation choices near Storms River

Stay in Storms River, where you can choose from luxury lodges, cozy guesthouses, and scenic campsites. Located in Tsitsikamma National Park, these accommodations offer great views and are close to exciting activities like hiking and bungee jumping. Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, Storms River has the perfect spot for you.

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