Here are two challenging Garden Route trails. With its flora and fauna, beautiful mountain and ocean vistas coupled with an intriguing animal population, South Africa is the ideal place to explore on foot. A trek allows you to experience all the sights, smells, sounds and sensations of the landscape
For experienced trekkers, the Garden Route is one of the most rewarding areas to hike. Here are two challenging Garden Route treks:
- The Otter Trail
Stretching 42km and taking five days to complete, the challenging Otter Trail costs around R1000 for a guided trek. The hike takes place within the Tsitsikamma National Park and goes from east to west from Storms River Mouth to Nature’s Valley. Only the fit need apply but it does offer splendid scenery and lookouts over the Indian Ocean. You’ll see cliffs, rivers, caves, and waterfalls. Highlights of the Otter Trail include Grootrivier, the Oakhurst Huts, Blue Bay, and Skilderkrans.
- Rim of Africa Trail
You can split this mammoth South African trek into nine parts but if you do it in one go you will have achieved an amazing feat – 650km in length, taking 52 days to complete. The cost of this trek varies depending on whether you do the whole thing or different stages. The trek begins in Cederberg and goes across country to end in the Outeniqua Mountains. It’s a strenuous trek but worth the effort.
- Planning Your Trek
What do you need before you set off on one of these challenging hikes? Plenty of energy, enthusiasm and some money. Plus, you need strong, comfortable shoes and good quality walking clothing. Travel insurance is essential and it would also be good practice to ensure your medical aid premiums are up to date.
Carry your medical aid card with you, just in case you require medical attention as this will allow that you get the best possible medical care.