Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
Rather than take the more expensive Baz Bus, I bought a ticket on one of the several available coaches traveling Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. There are many every day.
Competition keeps quality high, prices low for long distance bus travel. I paid about $32 for the 8 hour trip.
From the bus stop on the highway, however, there’s no public transportation to the National Park. Asking at Tourist Information, I quickly found a driver willing to take me the last 18km for 150 Rand ($17).
… Perhaps I should have taken the Baz Bus after all. It would have delivered me closer to the Park gates. And picked me up end-of-hike at a hostel in Nature’s Valley.
Many had recommended staying the night prior to departure at the trailhead Storms River Mouth Restcamp. I tented.
It’s one of the best campgrounds I’ve ever seen. (reviews)
There might be more Rock Hyrax (“Dassie”) than people
The sunset was definitely as magical as I’ve EVER seen.
After a rib feast and South African wine at dinner, I couldn’t have been more excited to start the Otter Trail next day.
Restaurants are comparatively inexpensive in South Africa.