Otter Trail Pictures -  On foot from the Storm River's mouth to Natures Valley...

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Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Otter Hiking trail overnight hut
Crossing a stream
Otter trail view point
Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Otter trail views
Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Rock pool
Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
River crossing at lowtide
Rivrt crossing, Otter trail
Otter Trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Bloukrans river crossing
Bloukrans river
Otter trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
Otter Trail, Tsitsikamma, South Africa

The Otter Trail is one of the most picturesque hiking trails in South Africa.

Situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park it follows the coastline, crossing several rivers along the way. As you can see from the photos above the views from the top of the cliffs are absolutely magnificent. Unfortunately they do not do justice to the reality and one would really have to do the trail in order to experience it.

The other really nice thing about this trail is that it is entirely in the Tsitsikamma National Park so the only people you see are your buddies doing the hike with you!

You do need to be reasonably fit to do this hiking trail. Sections of it can be quite strenuous with the trail climbing to the coastal cliff tops and then descending to sea level again when crossing rivers and streams.

It can get rather hot and humid in summer so pack your swimming trunks. If you have space in your backpack you can also consider taking along a diving mask and flippers to use in the numerous pools and gullies along the way.

It is quite common to see dolphins frolicking in the surf, so keep your eyes open. A small pair of binoculars will come in very handy. Who knows, there might even be some whales around.

The trail also passes through indigenous forests and fynbos along the way so there really is lots of variety on this must-do hiking trail. Do not forget to bring a camera! You will forever regret it!

As the trail is very popular and you would need to book well in advance, especially if  you are doing  a group booking.  It is a good idea to start making enquiries about availability a year in advance of your hike. You can do so here on the SANParks official website.


Where to stay when doing the Otter Trail?

If you are going to do the Otter trail you would need overnight accommodation either at the beginning of the trail at Storms River Mouth or at Natures Valley where the trail ends.  A good choice would be at the Storms River  Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma National park itself.

However, the park is very popular and getting  a reservation can be a problem if you have left it to late.

If you need alternative accommodation you can check for availability and book a place to stay anywhere along the Tsitsikamma coast using Safarinow which is my accommodation search provider of choice.   They have a very comprehensive list of safari lodges and other accommodation on their books and their online booking service is of the very best that I have encountered.

In my opinion they are the first people to go to to find a place to stay anywhere in Southern Africa.

 

 

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