Storms River Mouth Bridge Trail

storms river mouth suspension bridge on the garden route in grey weather
storms river mouth suspension bridge on the garden route in grey weather

The Storms River Mouth Bridge Trail takes you on a short hike along the coastline from the rest camp to the famous suspension bridge over the mouth of Storms River.

Suspension bridge at Storms River rest camp, South Africa

Location

This hike starts at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp in the middle of the Garden Route. You can read more about how to get there in our guide to Storms River Mouth. If you don’t have a car, check out the options for car hire* from Cape Town.

This hike is in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. If you don’t have a Wild Card, you’ll need to pay a conservation fee when you enter – R65 for South Africans and R262 for international visitors (both half price for children).

Tips

  • This walk can get crowded, esepcially in summer, so set off early to avoid the crowds.
  • There is a minor variation of routes near the suspension bridge – take one on the way, the other on the way back to get both different sets of views.
  • Pop down to the little coves and beaches on the small paths that lead off the main trail.
  • Want another hike? Try our Storms River Mouth Waterfall Trail.

The hike starts from the little car park by the shop and restaurant, at the eastern end of the rest camp.

On the hiking trail through the jungle to the famous suspension bridge, Garden Route, South Africa
The trail winds through the jungle, you can detour to the beaches.
Rocky beach, South Africa

The trail initially heads around the back of a little beach and into the jungle. The path is clearly indicated and snakes through the indigenous coastal forest. There are a few options to detour off the trail to visit some small, scenic beaches.

Looking down on the famous bridge at Storms River, Garden Route, South Africa

Nearer the bridge, there is an option to take slightly different routes on the way down and the way back up. These two routes both go the same way but have slightly different views of the suspension bridge and Storms River Mouth.

The Bridge over Storms River Mouth

Storms River Mouth Suspension Bridge, South Africa
On the famous suspension bridge
Looking up the mouth of Storms River, Garden Route, South Africa
Peering up Storms River Mouth gorge from the bridge

You can walk across the suspension bridges and gaze into the gorge upstream. There is a little pebble beach on the other side, a great place for a picnic or a snack.

Storms River Mouth Suspension Bridge, South Africa

The route back is basically the same. For a slight variation near the bridge, choose the path you didn’t descend on. After a bit of an uphill, the path is flat again. Soon you’ll be back at Storms River Rest Camp. Here you can have a refreshing ice cream or drink from the shop or restaurant.

For more information about other things to do and where to stay, read our guide to Storms River Mouth Rest Camp.


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Stormy ocean on the Garden Route, South Africa

2 comments

    1. Hi Anne! It’s R68/34 per adult/child for South Africans, R136/68 for SADC and R272/136 for internationals to enter the park. This fee is per day, but if you stay overnight within the park it is per night i.e. if you stay one night within the park you pay the conservation fee for only one day rather than two days.
      From the closest car park (near the shop and Cattle Baron Restaurant) to the suspension bridge, it’s just over 1 km each way, making about a 2.5 km walk in total. Hope this helps!

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