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Kayak & lilo up the Storms River, Tsitsikamma on The Garden Route

Lilo-ing over the shallow rocks up Storms River
Storms River Gorge water is black due to the Tannen from the vegetation.
Kayaking in the Garden Route National Park
Adventures in Storms river mouth
At places the Storms River Gorge gets so narrow you can touch both sides with you hands.
Paddling past the Bats cave up Storms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma National Park
Lilo-ing is a unique way to explore Storms River Gorge on a Kayak and Lilo Trip.
Lilo deep into Storms river gorge on the 2 hour Kayak and Lilo tour.
Paddling past the Bats Cave in Storms River Mouth
Inside Bats Cave looking out to the Storms River
A group kayaks up the Storms River towards the bats cave
Cliff Jumping up Storms River
kayaking towards the Bats cave in Storms River
Paddling the Storms River in the late afternoon

Kayaking up Storms River

"Our favourite!" The 2-3 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.

Know the difference between a canoe and a sea kayak.

Kayak across the ocean & under the Storms River suspension bridge

Using the same route as the 1 hour kayak trip, we paddle from the harbour [next to the beach], across the ocean, then under the suspension bridge and up the beautiful Storms River Mouth.

If sea conditions don't allow for ocean paddling, we take a short guided hike through the Tsitsikamma Forest and start our kayak trip from inside the river mouth!

Paddle up the Storms River Mouth

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 Storms River. 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.

Liloing up the Storms River lilo deeper up the Storms River Gorge

At the low-water point (where the 1 hour kayak trip turns around) we disembark our kayaks and we jump on our unique lilos. (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 lilos.

What a stunning view it is, lying on a lilo at water level, and gazing up to cliffs that touch the sky!

At reaching our destination, we simply turn around and float back down river to our kayaks.

Cliff jumping

For the young, brave and adventurous (and the young, brave and adventurous at heart!) You can take the opportunity to leap off the overhangs cliff walls of the gorge into deep pools. The cliff jumping adds a good dose of adrenaline for your trip back, as well as some good laughs, friendly encouragement and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities to brag to all your buddies when you get home. Cliff Jumping is not compulsory - you can simply enjoy the spectacle as you leisurely float in the long pools below. We've had kids as young as 6 and grandparents (as old as grandparents) take the leap and enjoy the liloing, so we can truly say that this activity can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The lilo trip is our most popular and most recommended trip by local and international tourists, so be sure not to miss out on this unique adventure!

Discover a new adventure activity in Storms River and experience nature and adventure at its best!

Cost and inclusions for kayak & lilo trip

Kayak & lilo: 2-3hr R399pp

All gear is included in the cost of the trip except Aqua Shoes. Please bring shoes that are enclosed and can get wet. Bootie Hire available for an additional R30/pair.

As we are located inside the National Park, you will have to show your WILD card or pay the National Park Conservation Fee's upon entering at the Gate.

The adventure continues

If the ocean is unsafe due to weather conditions or any other reason not suitable to kayak over, we change our kayak & lilo trip to one of our other exciting trips: the hike, kayak & lilo adventure.

The hike, kayak and lilo Adventure utilises the Suspension Bridge Hiking Trail, and provides an educational hike with one of our informative guides to the Suspension Bridge, followed by the kayak and lilo up the Storms River Mouth.

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.

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Tourism Award Winner!

We are proud to have won the award for "best tourist experience in the Eastern Cape" at the 2nd annual Lilizela awards, which is the ultimate recognition for achievers in South Africa’s tourism industry.