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Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

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Re: New circular route to the suspension bridge at Storms River

Unread post by ribuck » Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:52 pm

I took this photo on 21 August from the track that goes up to the lookout on the east side of the river crossing. The new bridges were complete but not yet open. Obviously you only get the dramatic view up the gorge from the bridge that crosses the river.

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I took this photo with my phone, so it's not very detailed.

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Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by Ebert » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:24 am

Wow! Great to hear about the new circular route to and from the suspension bridge! Anyone know what route it follows? The old path used to be there an back on the same path. Does it go left and back or along the rocks at the bottom?

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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by HoepHoep » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:49 am

Hi
Basically along the rocks on the way back with two more new bridges.
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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by ribuck » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:35 am

Hi Ebert,

The loop doesn't run all the way from the restaurant. The first part of the track is still "out-and-back". It starts low down then goes up-and-down a bit, before reaching a high level.

Then you get to the start of the loop. If you stay at the high level, you eventually reach some steps down to the bridge across the river mouth.

Coming back, you can go across the two new suspension bridges, then the path climbs to rejoin the main track at the high level.

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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by Ebert » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:55 pm

Hi Roger

Thanks a lot. My family have been going to Tsitsikamma National Park since 1970 when apparently there was nothing but a few fishermans paths, thus we are all very excited about this new development. (It's great to see the old pic's)

I have childhood memories of the Loerie Trail, the walk to the river mouth and Uitkyk and the the Waterfall Trail. Later the Blue Duiker was added but appart from that as far as I know no new day hiking trails in and around the restcamp was ever added.

The way you describe the "new" trail makes perfect sense. It would otherwise either have to go up the hill and around to where the staff village is and back or you would have to spent some serious time exploring rocky shores!

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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by ribuck » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:23 pm

Ebert wrote:... as far as I know no new day hiking trails in and around the restcamp was ever added ...

There are two hiking trails that are not fully shown on the map you get at the gate, but which are signposted on the ground. One branches off the Blue Duiker trail and goes up to meet the camp access road at a spot called the Fynbos Garden. There is also a trail from somewhere near the park entrance to the coast, which meets the waterfall trail part way along. I haven't walked either of these myself, but SO explored the Fynbos Garden trail.

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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by eddygermany » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:20 am

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This picture is one week old (just returned from SA...) - you can see both bridges. The picture was taken from the upper way of the circular route.
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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by HoepHoep » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:41 am

In the December 2009 issue of the traveling magazine "Weg" is an amazing picture of the three suspension bridges, taken from the outlook on the eastern side of the river. From their website I could download this low resolution version. Saffies should try and get a copy of this issue of this magazine. to really enjoy this stunning view.

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The suspension bridges are also on the front cover of the magazine. (Some good positive press for a change.)
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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by Stark » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:42 pm

Okay I'm a bit confused...can you do the circular route without going on the semi-luxury dolphin hike?

I'm assuming so, but want to make sure. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Storms River - Suspension Bridge Circular Route

Unread post by gslabbert5119 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:48 pm

Stark wrote:Okay I'm a bit confused...can you do the circular route without going on the semi-luxury dolphin hike?

I'm assuming so, but want to make sure. :thumbs_up:


The definitive answer is YES, I just did this circular route and there was no restriction. If you decide to go to the lookout point, make sure you take water with you.

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Re: New circular route to the suspension bridge at Storms River

Unread post by Maargat G » Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:57 pm

Did the walk to the suspension bridge today and although I almost died walking up and down( a lot of steps and ups and downs!!)the view and sight from there is really nice! Can recommend it to everybody! Even my grandma of 78 made it all the way and back!

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