The 45km Otter Trail is one of South Africa's most acclaimed hikes, hugging the coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature’s Valley. The five-day, four-night walk involves fording a number of rivers and gives access to some superb stretches of coast. A good level of fitness is required, as it goes up- and downhill quite steeply in many places.
Accommodation is in six-bed rest huts with mattresses (without bedding), rainwater tanks, braais (barbecues) and firewood. Camping is not allowed.
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.