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Otter Hiking Trail - Day 5 [Traveller Diary]

Day 5: Otter Hiking Trail General Info

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Risks: Steep start
Highlights: Great views, Nature's Valley
River Crossing:  None
Distance: 6.8 km to end point before Nature's Valley beach and a further almost 2 km to Nature's Valley rest camp.  This distance excludes any exploring or swimming.

The Otter Hiking Trail - Day 5 Altitude Chart

Above: The Otter Hiking Trail - Day 5 Altitude Chart

We had a late start on the last day of the Otter Hiking Trail; savouring the last moments on this unbelievable adventure. Breakfast consisted of instant oats, coffee and whatever else we could find in our bags. There was still cloud cover and I was not going through another day of wet boots. I made my own contraption of gaiters, using plastic bags and duct tape; to try and keep the water out my boots, and it worked!

View from toilet at the Otter Hiking Trail's Andre Huts

Above: View from Andre Huts hiking check point along the Otter Trail.

The Final Stretch of the Otter Hiking Trail

One last group picture and we made our way past the second hut and across the river towards the last steep climb of the Otter Hiking Trail. Evidently, it was way too early for such a steep ascent. After that it was smooth sailing all the way, with unique ocean and mountain views as well as some great fauna and flora. I took my time during this last stretch, taking many pictures, in retribution of not fully utilising my camera the previous day.

Walk down to Nature’s Valley - the last stretch of the Otter Trail Hike

Above: Walk down to Nature’s Valley - the last stretch of the Otter Trail Hike

The Garden Route's Otter Trail hike had come to an end; the scenic Nature’s Valley was in sight, but not before one more steep descent down towards the beach and a gentle stroll across the fine-looking beach of sand to the end.

Five days of pure bliss.

Nature's Valley - the end of the Otter Trail Hike along the Garden Route

Above: Nature's Valley - the end of the Otter Trail Hike along the Garden Route 

Muazzam Rahim

Muazzam Rahim Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog

As a hobby Muazzam runs his own website, dedicated to providing information on the Otter Trail in Tsitsikama. By day he's an accountant and MBA graduate, family man by night and a Kingsley Holgate wannabe every other time. He aspires to have a braai whilst exploring every place in South Africa; two things he loves dearly.


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