Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
Day 2 = 7.9km (± 4 hours) – Ngubu huts to Scott huts
Easy day. No rush.
I stopped often to read and contemplate.
At one conspicuous rocky outlier — the Skilderkrans Quartz Promontory — I left a Summit Stone.
This place is remote.
You’d swear you were alone on a lonely coast.
Yet there are emergency escape routes all along the Otter marked E for Evacuation.
I caught up with the Marques family stopped for lunch and a swim.
Like so many similar coastal hikes, the water is stained with tannin.
That’s not dangerous to drink. But it does have an interesting flavour. 🙂
At one time, the trail was much better signed for distance.
Many of those have gone missing over the years.
I’ve got this trip tagged jungle.
In many parts it’s impassable without following human or game trails. Dense fynbos is the natural shrubland or heathland vegetation unique to this part of the world.
This ocean is cold and choppy. That didn’t stop Scott.
The family had barbecue once again. I shared some of their chicken. And ate my usual meal — smashed potatoes.
Sadly, I missed stopping at Bloubaai beach, the recommended lunch spot. I
a detour off the main trail.