Otter Trail information
The 46km Otter Trail is one of South Africa's most acclaimed hikes, hugging the coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature’s Valley. The walk, which lasts five days and four nights, involves fording a number of rivers and gives access to some superb stretches of coast. A good level of fitness is required for the walk, as it goes up- and downhill quite steeply in many places.
Book at least nine months ahead (six months if you are flexible about dates). There are often cancellations, however, so it’s always worth trying, especially if you are in a group of only two or three people. Single hikers are permitted; you'll be tagged onto a group so you do not walk by yourself.
Accommodation is in six-bed rest huts with mattresses (without bedding), rainwater tanks, braais and firewood. Camping is not allowed.