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The GRNP urges hikers to stick to the rules when hiking the Otter Trail

Date: 2012-12-19

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The Otter Trail is a world-renowned experience, normally fully booked at least a year in advance. It's popularity is due to various factors such as the untouched scenery and breathtaking geology, degree of difficulty and especially adventure where the Bloukrans River has to be crossed. There has always been a set of rules to adhere to enhance the serious hikers’ experience and minimize the risk to both the hiker and the park. 

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) thus wishes to reiterate that all rules should be adhered to strictly, which includes:

  • Age restriction and fitness: The age restrictions of 12 (minimum age) and 65 (maximum age) years are used as indicative ages, due to the level of physical demands of the trail. All hikers of 65 years and above will be required to produce a recent medical certificate which confirms their level of fitness for specifically the Otter Trail terrain. All hikers below the age of 12 years old, should be accompanied by their parents/guardians, who will be the legal signatories to the SANParks Indemnity Form to be submitted with copies of their Identity documents and/or passport upon arrival at the park.
  • Portage on the Otter Trail: NO SUCH SERVICE will be provided unless in the case of emergencies as per emergency procedures. Paying staff members a fee to do so in cases, other than emergencies, is illegal and disciplinary action will be taken against any staff member involved.
  • Luxury Trail: Should hikers wish for a different experience including luxuries such as portage, food and beverages provided, they are encouraged to make use of the 4- star Dolphin Trail along the western coastline of the park. 


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