Arrival at Tsitsikamma, South Africa

This is our second visit to Tsitsikamma part of Garden Route National Park, a dramatic shoreline of blue water and awesome waves crashing on stratified rock formations, some coated in an orange algae that pops against the blue water and sky. I fell in love with this park 5 years ago and have always wanted to come back to do the Otter Trail, a 5 day/4 night trek along this amazing rugged coastline. It has not disappointed on the return.

Plett to Tsitsikamma

We arranged a transfer with Judy at Otter Trail Transfers for 800 Rand. Judy, very nice and personable, also runs the Ocean Watch B&B in Plett, although she may be giving up both businesses soon and moving to Cape Town. You could possibly also arrange a transfer with Noel, see the Plettenberg Bay Post.

Storm River Rest Camp

Before starting the trail we’re spending one night at one of the honeymoon chalets at Storms River Rest Camp. We have 8A which is just a 5 minute walk to the restaurant.

This row of chalets from 1 to 11 has some of the best views in the complex. There is also tent and camper camping just off the rocky shore.

Note that the various accommodations run along the coast, so some are much further from the restaurant, which could be a problem if you don’t have a car.

Also note that the start of the Otter Trail and trail check-in is  4k back up the road where you enter the park, not very convenient for staying in one of the chalets or eating at the restaurant before the trek, although we were able to hitch a ride with some of the park staff.

Accommodations can be booked through

The honeymoon chalet is a cozy little cabin for two, rustic but comfortable with an adequate bathroom and kitchen facilities, a comfortable living area and a spacious bedroom and awesome sea views with a constant show of waves crashing on the rocks.

Just above the restaurant there is a short trail that climbs to a suspension bridge over Storms River.

September 13, 2016

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