How hard is the Otter Trail?
Difficulty rating: 7/10: The Otter might not be as demanding as some other longer trails, like the Amatola or Outeniqua, but it should not be underestimated. It has some steep climbs and descents, as well as technical river crossings.
Where is the start of the Otter Trail?
Storms River Mouth National park
The trail starts at Storms River Mouth National park and ends at De Vasselot Rest Camp (Nature’s Valley).
How long is the Otter Trail?
|Length||41 km (25 mi)|
|Location||Garden Route, South Africa|
|Trailheads||Storms River Mouth Nature’s Valley|
What is the Otter Trail in South Africa?
The Otter Trail is a beautiful five-day hike along South Africa’s rugged eastern coastline. Running from Stormsriver to Nature’s Valley in the Garden Route, it’s named after the Cape Clawless Otter. A shy, nocturnal creature that only a handful of hikers have seen.
Should I be worried about the Bloukrans crossing?
I was worried about the Bloukrans river crossing, but for us it was almost too easy. The water didn’t reach our hips, so we could just take the backpacks on our shoulders and walk over. I guess it is a lot more work if there have been heavy rains. I think you should be reasonably fit, but don’t worry.
How do I get a spot on the Otter Trail?
It’s easy to get a spot if you’re 2 to 4 people and you’re flexible with dates. For bigger groups, it’s advisable to book as early as possible. Check for Otter trail availability and cancellations HERE or over the phone (012)428-9111. Maximum group size 12 people.
How far in advance should I Reserve the Otter Trail?
The Otter Trail is extremely popular, so you generally have to reserve a place at least a year in advance. Numbers are also strictly limited to control the impact of hikers on the sensitive environment.