Best trails in Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Trying to find the best Eastern Cape trails? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Kou-Kamma NU, Stormsrivier or Hogsback, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Eastern Cape ranging from 1.6 to 22.2 miles and from 26 to 3,996 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Eastern Cape, South Africa
Top trails (24)
#1 - Mouth Trail
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
#2 - Otter Trail Full Hike
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 22.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
General Information Due to the physical demands of the Otter Trail, the following age restrictions are in place: Minimum age 12 years; maximum age 65 years. Check in: Allow some time to weigh your bag and watch the 20 minute Otter Trail DVD at the Otter Room next to the Storms River Reception building. The Otter Trail DVD provides a brief outline of changes recently made to the trail. Check out: Compulsory check out at De Vasselot Rest Camp where Otter Trail certificates will be issued. Distances and Durations The trail is 5 days and 4 nights. The following distances and durations are as follows: Day 1 = 4.8km (± 2 hours) Day 2 = 7.9km (± 4 hours) Day 3 = 7.7km (± 4 hours) Day 4 = 13.8km (± 6 hours) Day 5 = 10.8km (± 5 hours) Total Distance = 45km There are two huts and a single toilet at each overnight stop. Each of the two huts contains 6 beds with mattresses – hikers must provide their own blankets/pillows/sleeping bags etc. Rubbish bins are provided at each of the overnight stops. Field rangers remove the rubbish regularly. There are benches present. Please only use biodegradable soaps on the trail. Hikers are not permitted to remove mattresses from the huts.Show more
#3 - Otter Trail Day 1: Trailhead to Ngubu Hut
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
This route is part of a multi day long walk along the Otter Trail. The Otter Trail is a 45km trail that runs along the spectacular coastline between the Storms River mouth and Nature’s Valley. The Otter trail is one of the oldest and most iconic hiking trail in South Africa. There is a check in procedure before you start the hike and a compulsory check out at De Vasselot Rest Camp where Otter Trail certificates will be issued. There are many huts with toilets and cooking facilities along the route. There are also numerous streams and springs throughout the length of the Otter Trail that are suitable for drinking purposes. Note that water from the Kleinbos River is not suitable for drinking. The full route can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/south-africa/eastern-cape/otter-trail-full-hike?u=i A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/otter-trail--4 Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading. Please check the parks website for up to date information about trail conditions, tariffs and reservations. Show more
#4 - Blue Duiker Trail and Otter Trail Loop
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#5 - Swallow Tail Falls, Big Tree, Bridal Veil Falls, Madonna and Child Falls Circuit
Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
#6 - Tsitsikamma Waterfall
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
#7 - Otter Trail Day 2: Nigubu Hut to Scott Hut
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
This route is part of a multi day long walk along the Otter Trail. The Otter Trail is a 45km trail that runs along the spectacular coastline between the Storms River mouth and Nature’s Valley. The Otter trail is one of the oldest and most iconic hiking trail in South Africa. There is a check in procedure before you start the hike and a compulsory check out at De Vasselot Rest Camp where Otter Trail certificates will be issued. There are many huts with toilets and cooking facilities along the route. There are also numerous streams and springs throughout the length of the Otter Trail that are suitable for drinking purposes. Note that water from the Kleinbos River is not suitable for drinking. The full route can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/south-africa/eastern-cape/otter-trail-full-hike?u=i A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/otter-trail--4 Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading. Please check the parks website for up to date information about trail conditions, tariffs and reservations. Show more
#8 - Zuurberg Hiking Trail
Addo Elephant National Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
#9 - Forest Walk
Woodridge, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 50 m
#10 - Lady's Slipper Peak
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 40 m
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