Dolphin Trail

The Dolphin Trail is a luxury and fully portered hiking or slackpacking trail along the Tsitsikamma coastline. The trail comprises a 2 day/3 night 20 km hike from Storms River Mouth to Forest Ferns.

3 Nights


The Dolphin Trail is a luxury and fully portered hiking or slackpacking trail along the Tsitsikamma coastline.  A beautiful part of the Garden Route. This unique trail allows you to sample some of the coastal scenery seen on the Otter Trail without the hardship of having to carry your own gear and sleep in basic huts!

The trail comprises a two day/3 night 17 km hike from Forest Ferns. Along the banks of the Sanddrif River, to the Storm’s River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Trained field guides unlock the mysteries of nature and marine life to the walkers. It is called a slackpacking trail because all luggage is portered to the two overnight stays. So you only need to carry a daypack and binoculars.

The accommodation on the Dolphin Trail is of a particularly high quality with four star guesthouses and luxury retreats being used.

On route, many birds including the gorgeous Knysna Loerie can be heard and spotted while hiking through the forest. The endangered Oystercatcher is often to be seen on the shoreline. All walkers are encouraged to enjoy the walk, and not take it as a route march. Perhaps taking some time to cool off in the tidal pools of the Indian Ocean and explore them with snorkelling gear.

All scheduled transfers of hikers and their luggage between the 3 venues are included in the Dolphin Trail package. Special transfers to and from the airport can be arranged with the Dolphin Trail Reservations Team and will be billed as an additional charge.

All meals, from dinner on the day of arrival, to breakfast on the day of departure (excluding drinks); the attendance of well trained local guides; a 4x4 drive through the old Storms River Pass; the transportation of all luggage by vehicle between overnight stops; all you need to carry is a light daypack and your camera!

Note: We usually include this in a longer trip. If we book it as a standalone tour, we may need to add an admin fee to cover our costs.


Dolphin Trail at a glance


Ginny Russell

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