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Media Release: The Grail of all trails - The Otter

05 September 2013

The trail itself is 42 kilometres long. It starts in Stormsriver Mouth Rest Camp and ends at the De Vasselot Rest Camp in Natures Valley. Lesley-Ann Meyer, Area Manager for the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, says the ‘run is done in opposite directions each year. When run in its original route (Storm River Mouth to De Vasselot), it is called the Otter.  When run in the opposite direction from De Vasselot to Storms River Mouth, then it is called the Retto (Otter in reverse).’  

Although the route has undergone minor refurbishments, mainly to the huts along the route, athletes who have run the Otter confirm it’s like no other in the world. Nothing beats running through fynbos in Spring, the enchanting smell of wild flowers, coming across different types of buck, crossing the Bloukrans River and if lucky, spotting whales and dolphins in the oldest Marine Protected Area in Africa. 

This year, internationally acclaimed runner, Ricky Lightfoot who won a trail championship in Wales during July this year, will be joining the ‘grail of all trails’ athletes. Among other names released by Magnetic South are US-based Krissy Moehl, New Zealander Ruby Muir, Kenyans Jared Omwoyo Nyakoe and Silas Kipchirchir Soy.

The Otter Trail will be closed for ten days to members of the public for the duration of the run starting on the 22nd September 2013, during which time it will give SANParks staff the opportunity to do maintenance to the trail itself. 

‘Adventure tourism is growing even in difficult economic times as more and more people are looking for a rare experience’ according to SANParks tourism responsible strategy (2022). Garden Route management identified ‘adventure sports’ to stimulate tourism subsequent to a study conducted on various tourism products offered by National Parks.  Certain parts of the Park are ‘’zoned’ off because of their ‘low occupancy’ which is compatible to biodiversity conservation. 

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Garden Route Communications
Tel: 044 302 5633

Nandi Mgwadlamba
Regional Communications Manager 
Tel: 044 302 5633; Cell: 078 702 9663


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