When I think beach I think sand, sea and sun. Along South Africa’s famous garden coast there’s a lot of sea and a lot of sun, but very little sand. The coastline is rocky, huge boulders line the sea, giving the waves a great place to crash and the seals a great place to hunt. It’s also home to the start of the Otter Trail, a popular multi-day hike along the coast. Judging by this gorgeous scenery, no wonder there’s a long waitlist for permits!
We hiked to the end of the “day hiking” area of the otter trail. It was the middle of summer when we were there and the amazing waterfall at the end of the hike was all dried up. We sat on the rocks watching the waves roll in for more than an hour. The waves were mesmerizing, but we were happy to watch the otter fishing. A passing pod of dolphins capped off the afternoon, what could be better?
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IF YOU GO: TSITSIKAMMA is a well known stop on the Garden Route. There’s a lot of hiking, camping and adventure sports in the area, including ZA’s only bungee jump (reported to be the highest in the world).