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Otter Trail Full Hike is a 22.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kou-Kamma NU, Eastern Cape, South Africa that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

Length 22.2 mi Elevation gain 5,167 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Views
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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.

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Marge Houghton-Budde
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Krist Ina
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Most beautiful trail along the tsitsikamma coast! Able to see lots of wild animals ( otters ! , dolphins, birds,...). Hiking day 4 was really hard, with several river crossings, but definitely worth it! In summer take your swim clothes as you can go into the ocean in every beach! Accept a bit more weight of your backpack for the first night (the track is really short) and enjoy a nice evening dinner and drinks At the first huts!

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Liza Kinsella
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Excellent beautiful hike. One for the bucket list!

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Clinton Meyer
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Five days of fairly strenuous hiking, but can be done with moderate fitness. The enchanting scenery commences on the first day and continues all the way to the end of the fifth day. Each day is filled with undulating walks through forests, splendid views over the Indian Ocean, waterfalls and rock pools, river crossings, rocky cliff paths and beaches. Animal sightings included otters, whales, dolphins, monkeys, bushbuck, genets and a wide variety of birdlife. Pack as light as possible (your body should, however, adjust to the heavy load by day 2) and plan and print your river crossings in advance, especially the day 4 Bloukrans crossing. Huts are very basic. No electricity and very little mobile reception (once or twice a day if lucky) throughout the five days.

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Ashley Dwan
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