The Storms River area in the Eastern Cape is arguably at the epicentre of the Garden Route, if not physically then spiritually. It’s a wild place, of cool, ancient forests, of steep cliffs that fall into a (sometimes) raging sea and of a range of action sports that will satisfy the most ardent adrenaline nut. The Bloukrans Bungee (from the highest bridge in Africa) is just a few kilometres down the road, the Canopy Tour zip lines are right in Storms River Village, as are the various river rafting and tubing companies and then there’s mountain biking…
A few kilometres east of Storms River is Misty Mountain Reserve, offering a range of cycling routes from the easy 8.7km Forest Meander to the 65km Mtb Classic (closed at the time of writing because of forestry logging in the area). We tackled the 31km Family Epic. A delightful ride along forestry roads, tracks, a few sections of mild single track and the Storms River Pass at Plaatbos that we wrote about previously. (Check it out here – the route description and information is the same). It’s basically an extension of the Plaatbos ride, the extra distance being from Misty Mountain to the Eastern summit of the Storms River Pass.
You will end up in Storms River Village and the cheesecake and milkshakes at Maralyn’s 60’s Diner are to be recommended. If that’s a little light for you then the Tsitsikamma Micro Brewery next door may be of interest…
In addition to the riding routes, Misty Mountain offers a bunch of other activities, accommodation and a restaurant.
Have a look at some of our mountain biking photographs.
Route Length: 31,5km
Route Description: By and large the route is pretty easy with good forestry roads and tracks. There are a few short sections of benign single track and some mild rutting on the Pass. You may need to push your bike over a fallen tree or two as well as some of the large puddles, but there’s really nothing to be concerned about.
Misty Mountain Reserve: S34° 01.447′ E23° 56.876′
Marilyn’s 60’s Diner: S33° 58.434′ E23° 53.221′