10 Trails That Should Be on Every Bucket List - Page 9
9. The Otter Trail
Eastern Cape, South Africa
The best-known of South Africa’s hiking trails, the Otter follows the spectacular Eastern Cape coastline from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. At about 26.5 miles, it runs along the rugged, rocky shoreline, only gaining about 450 feet of elevation, following cliff tops and dropping back down to sea level to cross rivers. Along the way are excellent coastal views, dazzling waterfalls and sweeping beaches. Parts of the trail are rocky and boulder-filled, so take care after heavy rains. South African weather is generally agreeable, but the best time to visit is in the summer (November to February) when rainfall brings the local vegetation to life. If you’re up for some competition, check out the Otter Trail Run and Challenge.
Suggested by readers Park, Mark Lee, Jonathan Nieman and Frikkie Pienaar.
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