Otter Trail

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Otter Trail
Otter Trail03.jpg
View from Skilderkrans across Bloubaai-Wes
Length 41 km (25 mi)
Location Garden Route, South Africa
Trailheads Storms River Mouth
Nature's Valley
Use Hiking
Otter Trail is located in Western Cape
Start
Start
Finish
Finish
Trail start and finish

The Otter Trail is a hiking trail along the Garden Route coast of South Africa and is named for the Cape Clawless Otter[1] which occurs in this region. This trail is widely regarded as one of the finest in the world and stretches from Storms River Mouth in the east to Nature's Valley in the west, is 26 km long as the crow flies and 41 km as the hiker walks. Walking the trail takes 5 days, and the 4 nights are spent in comfortable huts with superb views. The route is located entirely within the Tsitsikamma National Park, which protects an 80 km long strip of coastal mountains, forest and beaches.

The trail traverses an very scenic landscape, never straying far from the shoreline, but often climbing steeply and then descending to the beach or a river crossing. Vegetation along the way is either fynbos, dense gallery forest or open, rocky sections near the sea with an abundance of wildflowers.

Trail landmarks[edit]

Trail stages[edit]

  • Day 1 - 4.8 km (± 2 hours) Storms River Mouth - Ngubu
  • Day 2 - 7.9 km (± 4 hours) Ngubu - Oakhurst
  • Day 3 - 7.7 km (± 4 hours) Oakhurst - Scott
  • Day 4 - 13.8 km (± 6 hours) Scott - André
  • Day 5 - 6.8 km (± 3 hours) André - Nature's Valley
  • Total Distance 41 km
Scenes on the trail
Tidal pools at Ngubu huts
 
Oakhurst huts at Lottering estuary
 
Sunset at André huts, Kliprivier
 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delien Burger (ed.). "20. Tourism". South Africa Yearbook 2007/08 (15 ed.). South African Government Communication and Information System. p. 548. ISBN 978-0-621-37568-8.