Otter Trail

Otter Trail(Tsitsikamma National Park)


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瑞典Enkoping144 条分享
I walked this 5-day hike with my wife and three teenage kids, and it was a spectacular and superb experience that I will keep in my heart as one of the best of my life.

The trail is just as wild, colourful and fairy-tale like as the pictures looked. Bring a camera! And a sunhat, ropes and plastic bags for the Bloukrans crossing, perhaps some bathing shoes so you don’t cut your feet.

The time to walk, excluding all time for rest was basically 2 hours day one, 4 hours day 2 and 3, around 6 hours day 4, and 3.5 hours day 5. This may seem very easy, but it is like spending a few hours walking up and down stairs with a heavy backpack, so we had to take some rests, and were tired at the end of each day. I was worried about the Bloukrans river crossing, but for us it was almost too easy. The water didn’t reach our hips, so we could just take the backpacks on our shoulders and walk over. I guess it is a lot more work if there have been heavy rains. I think you should be reasonably fit, but don’t worry. Just keep walking, enjoy the amazing scenery and be happy when you’ve arrived to the huts.

We could safely park the car at the start of the trail at Storms river, they have an allocated parking lot for that. We asked the staff there if they knew someone who could shuttle us back from the end of the trail, and got the number to a nice guy who gave us a good price. We also had a good lunch at the Cattle Baron at Storms river. We never bothered to go to the office at the end of the trail. Instead we just followed the beach to the one and only restaurant in Nature’s valley to get a good lunch, and then called the guy who gave us a ride back to Storms river. Safety from theft etc. felt totally fine. No worries with that. You've got the place for yourself.

We were lucky and had sun most of the time. Bring a sun hat!

There is lots of info to google, but please send my a message if you have any questions.
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南非尼斯普鲁特3 条分享
The Otter is definitely a bucket list adventure!!! We had spectacular views. It was a challenging hike, with A LOT of stairs up and down. The only negative is that the ablution facilities were not that grate. Our toilets did not work and the mattresses inside the huts were decapitated and torn. SANPARKS need to do regular maintenance.
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南非德班14 条分享
Amazing, challenging, adventurous, beautiful!
Don’t think you can just get up off the couch and hike the Otter trail - it requires cardio fitness and strong legs and arms to carry the backpack and you up those steep ascents! However, don’t not try if you haven’t had time to train - just take lots of Deep Heat/ Arnica ice and anti-inflamm tabs because you will feel muscles you never thought you had! It’s absolutely worth the effort and worse comes to worse, you take one of the escape routes... you tried! You’ll also need a head for heights as there are a couple of rock climbs that take you up high... all the better to see dear.
This was our first Otter Hike for the whole group so we found ourselves chasing low tides on day 3 (Lottering 10:50) and day 4 (Bloukrans 11:30). In the end it was the Kleinbos river (!) which gave us the biggest challenge as the flow of water from upstream was quite strong due to previous days rain. We laughed our way through the other 2 biggies. Every day of the year is going to offer up a different set of weather conditions for river crossings and hiking - be prepared and try reach the big rivers round low tide (it helps take the stress out of the event). But worse comes to worse, take the escape... hey - you’re on the Otter, it’s part of the adventure!!
Practical tips:
We all had different priorities when it came to luxury ‘necessities’ - some had a small pillow, some binoculars, some whiskey, some goggles & snorkels (or small swimming goggles) - take what will add to the enjoyment of your experience.... just don’t overpack!
Don’t share toothpaste or Vaseline with someone sleeping in the other cabin - it’s a schlep.
2 thumbs up for water bladder, but take an empty water bottle for practical use around camp
Trek pole - some of the group swore by them and a few put them away. Suggest you take one (safe) and decide on route.
Some of us drank the water without purification drops (we only filled up at the huts) and were fine. If in doubt, rather use them.
If you like taking photos, carry a pouch around your neck to store your phone in for easy access (but remember to cover it in plastic if it rains or water crossings)
Red survival bags for river crossings are so big - we tested 2 backpacks in 1 surv bag across the Bloukrans and it worked fine. Share between 2 and save weight and space on the hike.
Bloubaai (Blue Bay) turnoff is now clearly sign marked. Leave your bags on the trail, put your lunch in a small bag and carry it down to the beach. Lovely spot.
It’s not a bad thing if you get to the huts early on a few days - you can chill, wash & recover in a beautiful setting.
By the way, crows can open your top zipper, open your marshmallow packet and fly off with your booty.
Did I mention we saw an Otter?? Day 3 Elandsbos River. JUST DO IT!!
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南非比勒陀利亚39 条分享
2019年7月 • 好友
It's hard to put into words the experience we had on this hike. Being a South African who grew up a mere stone's throw down the coast, I could not believe that what we were hiking through was in South Africa, never mind in the middle of what was supposed to be a wet winter. The weather was very good and we only wore jackets at night around our fire, while talking about the day's adventures and what tomorrow would hold. The trail has so much to offer, from almost tropical forests, to breathtaking cliffs, valleys, beaches, you name it. We saw a number bushbuck, whales, dolphins, as well as a rare sighting of an otter on one of the hidden beaches (check day 3 for a detour of the normal route). Day 2 is definitely the most diverse in terms of what it has to offer and was my favorite by far. Take the time to explore the available detours on day 2 and 3, as they are well worth it. But plan ahead as the trail is not an easy one and it can take longer than planned to complete a day's hike. The most important day in terms of planning is day 4, since you will then have to cross the big Bloukrans River. This crossing should definitely be done as close to low tide as possible, especially if you are not a great swimmer. The terrain after this crossing is also not easy hiking, so be prepared. The other rivers are not as big of a concern, and actually offer great spots to have lunch/breakfast along the trail.

Wish I could do it again tomorrow, definitely worth the effort.
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南非德班丘3 条分享
Most amazing hike ever, from glow worms, to fireflies, otters, dolphins and breathtaking views. This hike takes you away from all you know and dwells in your thoughts for weeks after. I'm definitely doing it again.
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Jacqui Freeman
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2019年2月 • 好友
What an incredible experience. Magnificent views and challenging hiking. Don't come unprepared. Train hard, make sure you are fit and prepared with good quality gear and the right food. Hiking Pole is a must! Was not easy to fill up water along the way as streams were empty so make sure you have plenty of water in a bladder. Absolute treat! Highly recommend this magical experience.
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Alain D
南非干斯拜9 条分享
This hike should be compulsory for all South Africans! Absolutely stunning locations and through incredible areas.

Its challenging but everyone that does some prep will be able to complete.

My highlight was to domesticated bushbuck that hang around the overnight huts. Keep an eye out for leopard scratch trees along the way!
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Ein wunderschöner Wanderweg entlang der Küste von Tsitsikamma. Teil muss man zwar über große Felsen steigen, das sollte aber bei normaler Fitness kein Problem sein. Die Aussichten und Landschaft ein Traum!
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Jen H
南非约翰内斯堡30 条分享
2018年11月 • 好友

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Sabine B
Moers, Germany1,223 条分享
2018年10月 • 好友
Das 1. Teilstück ist mit 3,5 km angegeben und dazu 3,5 - 4 Std. das hätte uns hellhörig werden lassen müssen. Es gab am Eingangsbereich eine Hütte mit einem Buch in das man sich eintragen sollte, leider keinen Stift. Wir waren ja zu viert, von daher werden wir auch alle wieder gesund zurück kommen :-)
Der Weg fing harmlos an, wurde aber mit Treppen schwieriger und weiter über Felsen, Steine und glitschige Bereiche.
Wir liefen bis kurz vor den Wasserfall, nur einer von uns vieren ging auch das letzte Stück noch. Wir mussten ja alles wieder zurück, es hatte irgendwie mehr mit Adventure zu tun als mit normalem Trail.... Auf dem Rückweg kamen wir zuweit runter vom Weg und waren auf einmal in Wasserhöhe und nicht mehr oben. Also alles wieder hoch, denn die Flut ermöglichte nicht das weitergehen am Wasser. Wir sahen sehr viele Wale die an uns vorbeizogen, das war super schön. Den Weg würde ich nicht mehr gehen und wir waren froh, als wir nach 4 Std. wieder am Auto waren.
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