Exploring Hiking Trails of Tsitsikamma

From multi-day to short walks, here’s our top trails in the area

Pack your hiking boots, grab your backpack, and get ready to explore the magical trails of Tsitsikamma! Known for its breathtaking landscapes, lush forests, and dramatic coastline, this region in the Garden Route offers an array of trails that cater to all levels of hikers. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a casual walker, Tsitsikamma has something to offer. Let’s explore some of the most captivating hiking trails in this stunning region.

The Otter Trail

45 kilometers, 5 days

This 45-kilometer trail stretches from Storms River Mouth to Nature’s Valley, offering hikers five days of spectacular coastal scenery. As you navigate through dense forests, rocky shores, and pristine beaches, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the opportunity to spot diverse wildlife.


  • Waterfalls and river crossings
  • Indigenous flora and fauna
  • Overnight huts with basic facilities


  • Book well in advance as permits are limited.
  • Prepare for river crossings, particularly at the Bloukrans River.

Crossing the Bloukrans River on day 4 of the hike. Timing the low tide for your crossing is a vital part of your trail planning.

The Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail

60 kilometers, 5 days

For those seeking a more challenging adventure, the Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail is an excellent choice. Spanning 60 kilometers over five to six days, this trail takes you through the Tsitsikamma Mountains, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The trail is less crowded than the Otter Trail, providing a more secluded hiking experience.


  • High mountain peaks and deep gorges
  • Abundant birdlife and indigenous plant species
  • Rustic overnight huts


  • Ensure you have adequate fitness levels and hiking experience.
  • Pack sufficient food and supplies, as the trail is quite remote.

The magnificent setting of Heuningbos Hut welcomes you at the end of day three of the Tsitsikamma Trail.

The Dolphin Trail

17 kilometers, 4 days

If you prefer a more luxurious hiking experience, the Dolphin Trail offers a guided, slack-packing adventure. Spanning 17 kilometers over two days, this trail takes you from Storms River Mouth to the Sanddrif River, The trail is named after the frequent dolphin sightings along the route.

Night 1 : San Parks Chalets at Storms River Mouth

Night 2: Misty Mountain Reserve

Night 3: The Fernery Lodge and Spa


  • Comfortable accommodations and delicious meals
  • Knowledgeable guides providing insights into the local ecology
  • Stunning coastal views and wildlife sightings
  • Spa treatments available on Night 2 and 3


  • Ideal for those looking for a less strenuous hike with added comforts.
  • Perfect for families and groups of friends.

Slack packing The Dolphin Trail allows you to relax in comfortable accommodation, enjoy fine dining and not carry a fully laden backpack. 

The Waterfall Trail

6 kilometers, there and back

For a shorter, day hike, the Waterfall Trail is a great option. This 6-kilometer round trip starts at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp and takes you along the rugged coastline to a beautiful waterfall and rock pool. The trail is relatively easy, making it suitable for families and casual hikers.



  • Scenic coastal views and rock formations
  • A refreshing swim in the rock pool at the waterfall
  • Abundant birdlife and marine species


  • Wear sturdy shoes as the trail can be rocky.
  • Bring a swimsuit for a dip in the waterfall pool.

From rugged coastline to pristine forest, The Blue Duiker Trail packs a lot into an easy going short hike.

The Blue Duiker Trail

5 kilometer, circular trail

Another excellent day hike is the Blue Duiker Trail, a 5-kilometer loop through the lush Tsitsikamma Forest. Named after the shy blue duiker antelope that inhabits the area, this trail offers a tranquil forest experience with the chance to spot various wildlife.



  • Ancient yellowwood trees and diverse plant life
  • Peaceful forest environment
  • Opportunities to see small antelope and bird species


  • Ideal for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
  • Take your time to enjoy the serene forest atmosphere.


Tsitsikamma’s hiking trails offer a diverse range of experiences, from challenging multi-day treks to leisurely day hikes. Each trail provides a unique perspective on the region’s natural beauty, making it a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls, spotting wildlife, or simply soaking in the stunning coastal views, Tsitsikamma promises an unforgettable hiking adventure.

Pack your hiking boots, grab your backpack, and get ready to explore the magical trails of Tsitsikamma!