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The Otter Trail is undoubtedly the best known and most popular hiking trail in Africa, and ranks alongside the best trails in the world. The 42.5km trail follows the spectacular Eastern Cape coastline from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
The Otter Trail takes five days to complete following the rugged, rocky shoreline ranging in elevation from sea level to a height of more than 150m. The trail follows cliff tops returning to sea level to cross big rivers such as the Elandsbos and the Bloukrans River.
Hikers report to the park reception on arrival at Storms River Mouth, which is located close to the park entrance. Here one books in and settles the conservation levy before seeing a video presentation on the trail.
The Otter Trail starts out from the Storms River Rest Camp and you will walk along 42 kilometres of stunning coastline, through rugged terrain with the ocean one side and the indigenous rainforest inland. You will cross 11 rivers and you may have to swim the Bloukrans River on day four, so remember a waterproof bag for your equipment. On the fifth day you will reach the end of the trail in Nature's Valley.
There are two overnight huts for each of the four nights you will spend on the trail with bunk beds and mattresses, cooking facilities and a toilet for each hut. You want to wash or bath? Bring a cake of biodegradable soap and jump into the nearest stream nature provides.
The daily hikes are not too long, the exception is day four with a 14-kilometer hike, so take your time, don't rush or you will miss out on so much to see and do. Sit on the cliffs and watch the whales out at sea and the dolphins coming right into the breakers. Snorkel in the rock pools and take breaks to watch the birds in the treetops. Drink in the sights of stunning beaches, majestic rock formations and waterfalls as you hike one of the most beautiful places on earth. Go home with aching muscles and scraped knees but with a soul filled to bursting; that is after all what you came for.
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