By Vicky · Published Sep. 8th, 2021 · Updated Nov. 24th, 2022
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.
How to get to Storms River Suspension Bridge
This hike to the famous bridge 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.
Storms River Suspension Bridge Hike Map
Get the route by downloading the .gpx or .kml file below. For navigation with Maps.me on your mobile phone, simply download the .kml file and open to add it to the Maps.me bookmarks.
- 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.
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).
The hike starts from the little car park by the shop and restaurant, at the eastern end of the rest camp.
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.
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
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.
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, or check out the nearby hike to a waterfall. If you like hiking, make sure to check out the amazing hike at Robberg Nature Reserve an hour’s drive to the west, or check out our other hikes in South Africa.
Guidebooks to explore more of South Africa
We did this hike near the beginning of our two-month road trip around South Africa which we wrote up as a book, Chasing Ostriches*. Discover many other amazing places in South Africa and see more photos here.