The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail
Av Hiking Time: 1,5 hours (or 15 minutes).
Highlights: Beautiful long beach, swimming in river.
Be prepared for: Rough sea.
The first day you have a choice of starts. You can start at the Sanpark hut in Natures Valley (unmanned if you are starting off early morning or on weekends) and then make your way along the Groot River lagoon. This is a beautiful walk along an old unused jeep track. At one section there is a bridge that has been washed away but it is easy to cross.
Alternatively you can start at the Natures Valley Beach carpark. It is a short walk along the beach and across the mouth of the river (ankle deep depending on the tide) to Kalander hut.
The hut is at the base of the spectacular Douwurmkop next to the river mouth. Be warned that the next days trail starts just before you reach Kalander hut. So dont be tempted to turn left and head up the escarpment or will miss the first nights hut completely.
Tips for Day 1:
- Take some meat for a braai (BBQ). The meat will keep and the distance is relatively short for the extra weight. The huts are all equipped with braai areas.
- This hut is close to civilisation so make sure you lock the cabin if you go exploring the beach and at night.
- You also have to take fire wood with you for this specific hut although there is often an ample supply of driftwood washed up on the beach which is a short stroll away from the hut.
- Don't forget firelights.
- Don't swim in the sea. This beach has many rips and is very dangerous. Rather swim in the river.
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