, View from Skilderkrans across Bloubaai-Wes
41 km (25 mi)
Garden Route, South Africa
Storms River Mouth, Nature's Valley
The Otter Trail is a hiking trail along the Garden Route coast of South Africa and is named for the Cape Clawless Otter which occurs in this region. This 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 5 days, and the 4 nights are spent in comfortable huts with superb views. 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 an very scenic landscape, never straying far from the shoreline, but often climbing steeply and then descending to the beach or a river crossing. Vegetation along the way is either fynbos, dense gallery forest or open, rocky sections near the sea with an abundance of wildflowers.
Storms River Mouth 34°01′15.6″S 23°52′48″E / 34.021000°S 23.88000°E / -34.021000; 23.88000 (Storms River Mouth),
Ngubu huts 34°01′2.9″S 23°50′31.2″E / 34.017472°S 23.842000°E / -34.017472; 23.842000 (Ngubu huts),
Oakhurst huts 33°59′42.7″S 23°44′2.5″E / 33.995194°S 23.734028°E / -33.995194; 23.734028 (Oakhurst huts),
Scott hut 34°00′22.4″S 23°47′10.1″E / 34.006222°S 23.786139°E / -34.006222; 23.786139 (Scott hut),
André huts 33°58′45″S 23°37′5.3″E / 33.97917°S 23.618139°E / -33.97917; 23.618139 (André Huts),
Grootrivier, Nature's Valley 33°58′56″S 23°34′36″E / 33.98222°S 23.57667°E / -33.98222; 23.57667 (Grootrivier),
Scenes on the trail
Tidal pools at Ngubu huts
Oakhurst huts at Lottering estuary
Sunset at André huts, Kliprivier