Start: Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest, between Plettenberg Bay and Humansdorp
Finish: Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest
Duration: 8 km
Fitness: easy to moderate
Our tip: no need to book this trail, and permits are the self-issue variety from a box at the trail’s entrance
Most hikers will recognize the Otter Trail in Tsitsikamma as being one of the top hiking trails in South Africa and indeed the world. In the same area as the Otter Trail are a number of beautiful trails of varying lengths that are well worth exploring. This is ideal for those who want to walk in the vicinity of the Otter Trail but have neither the time nor the fitness to complete the tough and popular hike. If you lucky enough to be visiting the area take the time out of your schedule to walk this beautiful little trail, no need to book.
The trail follows a forestry road for about 2 km before crossing the highway and descending down a steep path into the indigenous forest. There are many river crossings and the water is refreshing despite the tea brown colour from the tannin.
- Natural forest
- Pine Plantations
- Streams and rock pools
- Interesting fungi
- Fauna & Flora
- Vibrant bird life
Stinkhoutkloof hike is one of the most beautiful hikes of the area and worth taking your time over, as the forests are filled with surprises, and wonderfully cool during summer.
To reach Bloukrans Forest Station take the Natures Valley / Coldstream exit from the N2 toll road.
Initially the path trails through pine plantation before making into indigenous forest in the upper parts of the Stinkhoutkloof. The path is not difficult as a lot of it follows a forestry road. Why this trail is one of the most beautiful of the route is the incredible examples of tall tree ferns and fungi in the indigenous forests.
En route there are several stream crossings. About 5 km into the hike is a natural swimming hole that serves as a good spot for lunch (alternatively wait until after the hike as there is a picnic site at the forest station).
The hike continues through the forest and reaches the old main road and then it follows back to Bloukrans Forest Station in a circle.
Don’t forget your swimming costume, good walking shoes and insect repellent (mosquitoes can get a bit much if it is humid in the forests).
NEED TO KNOW
WHERE Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest, Garden Route / Eastern Cape
HOW MUCH Free