Garden Route Tourist AttractionsThe The Otter Trail
Undoubtedly the best known and most popular of the South African hiking trails, the Otter Trail must rank alongside the best trails in the world
Where? Hike from Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park
When? The Otter Trail are open 364 days of the year, closed Christmas Day
How? Call SAN Parks on +27 (0)12 426-5111
The Otter Trail follows the spectacular Garden Route coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park, in the Eastern Cape.
The trail takes 5 days to complete and follows the rugged, rocky shoreline ranging in elevation from sea level to a height of more than 150m. Most of the trail follows cliff tops returning to sea level to cross rivers.
Though only 42.5 kms long, it is not an easy trail. Bookings for the trail can be made through the South African National Parks. The Otter Trail is popular with locals and foreigners alike, and more applications are received for bookings than can be accommodated. It is however, well worth the perseverance needed to obtain a booking.
As this is not the easiest of trails, with some steep sections, some rough terrain and up to 13.8 km of hiking per day, a fair degree of fitness is required. Children over 12 are welcome.
Distances and Durations:The trail is 5 days / 4 nights long and covers a total of 42.5 km, as follows:
Day 1: 4.8 km (approx. 2 hours)
Day 2: 7.9 km (approx. 4 hours)
Day 3: 7.7 km (approx. 4 hours)
Day 4: 13.8 km (approx. 6 hours)
Day 5: 6.8 km (approx. 3 hours).