Do yourselves a favour and hike the Otter Trail ....
The Tsitsikamma coastline is absolutely breathtaking, and one of the best swims I've ever had was there...
The cabins are cosy, with running tap water.
Everyday one can explore the area around the overnight huts, it's amazing.
Take a snorkel along too, it's another world under the blue!
How strenuous was the hike? Actually, how strenuous did the most unfit person in your party find the hike? You couldn't have found it strenuous as you found energy for exploring, snorkeling .....
The otter Trail is considered a moderate hike in terms of dificulty. Each day differs. The shortest day will take you about 3 hours and is about 6 km, and the longest (which is the bloukrans day) is about 13 km and takes 8 hours going at a relaxed pace (that is if the tide at the bloukrans suits you, we had to get there in three hours - 10 km - as we had to wake up at four in the morning, so we did the whole thing in about 5)
always check the tide of the bloukrans as this orientates the days planning, dont try crossing it at high tide!
Quite a lot of the time you spend ascending and descending hills, this is quite prevalent on day 2. Basically the highlight activity of day 1 is boulder hopping, 2 climbing up and down, 3 swimming and crossing rivers on relativvely flat track, four for us was a scramble of course, and five is a hike on top of a fynbos rich mountain overlooking the sea all the way to Nature's Valley.
Each day is special and has its own events.
The trail hugs the coastline and 90% of the time the ocean is in perfect view, this including panaromic ones.
No hotel in the world will offer you the view that the huts on this trail give you - this is alone a reason to go on the Otter Trail.
P.S. the night before the trail starts, book yourself into Storm's River restcamp, so you can enjoy the day and start at the time you want the next one.
It is a beautiful camp with all huts overlooking the rugged coastline and swimming at the Storm's River mouth/beach is amazing! The cabins as well are beautifully maintained and have an amazing atmosphere.