Tsitsikamma adventures

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

“Our favourite!” The 2-3 hour Storms River kayak & lilo adventure is our most popular adventure activity where you can experience the best that Tsitsikamma has to offer! If you are keen to explore deeper into the Storms River Gorge, and experience the long, deep, quiet pools with deep caves and ancient forests then the kayak and lilo trip is for you!

1. Kayak across the ocean & under the Storms River suspension bridge

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!

2. 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.

3. Lilo deeper up the Storms River Gorge

At the low-water point we disembark our kayaks and we jump on our unique lilos. (A lilo is small inflatable boat that we’ve had specially designed for this trip to access the narrow sections of the gorge). 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.

4. 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 5 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

2-3 hoursR500 pp
Aqua Booties to Hire (optional)R40 pp
Wetsuits to Hire (optional and not necessary during the summer months)R90 pp
ActivityDuration (mins)
Ocean kayaking20-30
River kayaking30-40
Cliff Jumping, swimming and some time in between of just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view+/- 20

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.

ActivityDuration (mins)
Hiking through the forest+/-40
River kayaking30-40
Cliff Jumping, swimming and some time in between of just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view+/- 20

Important to note

  1. Please bring warm clothes and shoes that are enclosed and can get wet otherwise you can hire Booties (water shoes) and wetsuits in all different sizes at the shop.
  2. 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.
  3. On-line bookings close 3 days before the date requested during peak season.  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.  Please allow at least 1 hour’s wait at the National Park Entrance Gate during peak season as the National Park entry processing time can be slow in summer.