The Dolphin Trail 

Coastline on The Dolphin Trail

The Dolphin Trail constitutes three partners namely SANParks, Misty Mountain Reserve and The Fernery.

The two-day trail covers a distance of 17km along the pristine Tsitsikamma coastal belt, a narrow plateau sandwiched between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. All baggage is portaged to the overnight destinations, allowing hikers of all ages to experience the unrivalled beauty of the wilderness area on foot.

The three nights on The Dolphin Trail are spent in warm, comfortable accommodation establishments, beginning at the Garden Route National Park – Tsitsikamma Section, and the route winds it’s way eastwards through natural fynbos, pristine indigenous forests, over rugged rocks at the ocean’s edge, and ends at The Fernery on the Sanddrift River.

Hikers have stunning views of the rugged Tsitsikamma coastline and the chances of spotting whales, dolphins and the occasional otter are good. En route, many birds including the gorgeous Knysna Loerie (Turaco) can be heard and spotted while hiking through the forest, and the endangered Oystercatcher is often to be seen on the shoreline.

Both swimming and snorkeling in the rock pools are possible at the discretion of the guides.

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About The Dolphin Trail

Imagine the beauty of the famous Otter Trail, but overnighting in luxury and without the heavy backpacks.

Join us for 4 days of unspoilt beauty hiking the magnificent Tsitsikamma coast, with 3 nights in luxury lodges enjoying exquisite cuisine and views over the Indian Ocean.

  • 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 4×4 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!