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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.
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