The Otter Trail

I recently did the Otter Trail with friends and it was amazing! It is hiking trail along the Garden Route coast of South Africa, named after the Cape Clawless Otter,  which inhabits this region. The 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 five days, and we spent four nights in basic yet comfortable huts in incredible locations. 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 very scenic landscape, never straying far from the shoreline, but often climbing steeply and then descending to the beach or river crossings. Vegetation along the way is either fynbos, dense gallery forest or open, rocky sections near the sea with an abundance of wildflowers. Check out the pics and do it!

 

 

2 Responses to The Otter Trail

  1. Hillary May 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    It is really a lovely area. Re your picture of the starfish on your hand – I hope you returned it to the water very quickly. When I was a child many years ago the rock pools at Plet, Knysna etc used to be filled with sea life and now you are lucky to find one with anything living in them.

  2. mol-d May 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi Hillary,

    I did! Just a quick snap and then I stuck it back in the water…

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