Eersterivier, Tsitsikamma

Easily confused with the other Eersterivier, which lies between Cape Town and the Cape Winelands close to Somerset West, the little holiday village of Eersterivier lies virtually unknown on the rocky coastline of the Tsitsikamma on the country’s famous Garden Route, roughly 30 kilometres from Storms River.

This part of the world is remote and beautiful, despite being only an hour’s drive from Plettenberg Bay. Eersterivier is no doubt named after the Eerste River (first river), which borders the Tsitsikamma to the east, and is one of the reasons - there is also the Bloukrans River that lies to the west - that the Tsitsikamma is a ‘place of abundant or sparkling water’. It also rains fairly often, which accounts for the consistent lushness of vegetation, and the climate is mild all year round.

Deep river gorges, vast sections of indigenous forest, fynbos, giant yellowwoods, stinkwoods and hard pear trees, and a spectacular coastline where the sea constantly pounds craggy cliffs, rugged boulders and small, protected beaches are what make up the area around Eersterivier. Regular sightings of dolphins and the Cape clawless otter are just one of the highlights on this part of the coast, which isn’t about the incredible scenery and windswept cliff tops alone.

There is also plenty of activity for adventure enthusiasts. Black water tubing at Storms River, hiking, abseiling, the world’s highest bungee jump off Bloukrans River bridge, birding, cycling or simply relaxing in the shadow of the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Travellers' Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

We stumbled upon Eersterivier on our way up the Garden Route and, when we saw it, we decided to stay for a while. It was just so peaceful, we couldn't resist. We'd love to go back for longer next time we need to get out.

Liz (Jeffrey's Bay)

Verified reviewvery good

Hierdie plek is pragtig, ons was daar vir 'n naweek en het sommer gevoel as of ons 'n vir maand weg was. Volgende keer gaan ons vir 'n liewer vir n' maand :)

Mariska (Stellenbosch)

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Find accommodation in Eersterivier

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Western Cape Accommodation / Garden Route Accommodation / Eersterivier Accommodation

Eersterivier as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Eersterivier property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.