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The Otter Trail

Hiking the Otter Trail - the Tsitsikamma coastline near Plettenberg BayDescription

The famous 5 day 42 km Otter Trail, one of the best in the world, starts from the Tsitsikamma National Park.

Dramatic views, spectacular coastal scenery, fynbos, coastal escarpment, sandy beaches, secluded bays, river crossings and welcome swimming reward the hiker in abundance.

However, this world class hike, is no roll over and will test your level of fitness to the full.

Of late, runners are tackling the trail and doing it all in a matter of hours, but they are sure to miss all the beauty, the small plants, the birds, the views and all that the hike has to offer.


From the Tsitsikamma National Park.


Natures Valley


42.5 kms


5 days


Very Difficult


Limited numbers and massive popularity mean it’s not unusual to have to book up to two years in advance. However, it’s well worth the wait. The best time to hike is the warmer months between September and April. If you can, book a date when low tide on the fourth day is around midday.

The trail fee of R685 (at time of writing this article) a person must be paid in advance and conservation fees of R112 a person (for South Africans) are payable on arrival. Tel 012-426-5111, e-mail, web

Please Note

You must be between 12 and 65 years old and able to hike up to 14 km a day over steep and rough terrain, under any weather conditions, carrying a heavy backpack. Group sizes are limited to 12.

Directions to Tsitsikamma National Park

Drive on the N2 from Plettenberg Bay towards Port Elizabeth for about 20 kms until you see the Tsitsikamma National Park Signboard.

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