Otter Trail

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 44 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.

Otter Trail
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View from Skilderkrans across Bloubaai-Wes
Length41 km (25 mi)
LocationGarden Route, South Africa
TrailheadsStorms River Mouth
Nature's Valley
UseHiking
Otter Trail is located in Western Cape
Start
Start
Finish
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Trail start and finish

The trail traverses a 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 landmarksEdit

Trail stagesEdit

  • Day 1 - 4.8 km (± 2 hours) Storms River Mouth - Ngubu
  • Day 2 - 7.9 km (± 4 hours) Ngubu - Scott
  • Day 3 - 7.7 km (± 4 hours) Scott - Oakhurst
  • Day 4 - 13.8 km (± 6 hours) Oakhurst - André
  • Day 5 - 9.8 km (previously 6.8 km) (± 3 hours) André - Nature's Valley
  • Total distance 44 km

Elevation distances - vertical climb and descentEdit

  • Day 1 - 561 m total vertical - Climb 188 m - Descent -373 m
  • Day 2 - 1480 m total vertical - Climb 746 m - Descent -734 m
  • Day 3 - 1257 m total vertical - Climb 623 m - Descent -634 m
  • Day 4 - 1905 m total vertical - Climb 945 m - Descent -960 m
  • Day 5 - 926 m total vertical - Climb 466 m - Descent -460 m
  • Total elevation distance 6.13 km

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2009-02-02.

External linksEdit

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GalleryEdit

Tidal pools at Ngubu huts
Oakhurst huts at Lottering estuary
Sunset at André huts, Kliprivier