If you want to see some of the most fantastic scenery along the Garden Route by foot, then this area that hugs the coast between Nature's Valley and Plettenberg Bay, should be your top choice. One of the best ways to see this section of the park is on the five-day Otter Trail, one of South Africa's most popular hikes—but this is usually booked out a year ahead. The somewhat easier and more comfortable portered Dolphin Trail is another option. A less strenuous highlight
is to visit the suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth, where the river enters the sea through a narrow channel carved between sheer cliffs. Storms River was aptly named: when gale winds blow, as they often do, the sea flies into a pounding fury, hurling spray onto the rocks and whipping spume high up the cliffs. From the Tsitsikamma section's visitor center, a trail descends through the forest (different tree species are all labeled) and over a narrow suspension bridge strung across the river mouth. It's a spectacular walk, a highlight of any trip to the Garden Route. On the other side of the bridge a steep trail climbs to the top of a bluff overlooking the river and the sea—the turning point of the Storms River MTB (mountain bike) Trail, which starts and finishes in Storms River village. Other trails, ranging from 1 to 3 km (½ to 2 miles), lead either to a cave once inhabited by hunter-gatherers or through the coastal forest. The Cattle Baron restaurant (part of a steak-house chain) has great views of the river and ocean. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to park visitors.
Storms River, South Africa