The Garden Route´s favourite hike to Salt River Lagoon and Lookout

The Garden Route´s favourite hike to Salt River Lagoon and Lookout

Salt River Hike - Garden Route Hiking Trail

Nature’s Valley has a great family hike at Salt River, close to Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.  Plan a family hike at Salt River in Nature’s Valley. It may just be the Garden Route’s favourite family hike. Take advantage of the most South African climate, in Plettenberg Bay while staying at la Vista Lodge.  The Salt River Hiking Trail, in Natures Valley, is a 5km circular route that requires moderate fitness but delivers large on the enjoyment scale. Get your map and permit from the office at De Vasselot campsite in Nature’s and off you go.


Natures Valley is part of the Stormsriver Nature Reserve; the Salt River hike is a wonderful opportunity to experience beauty along the Garden Route.

Through dense green forest to beaches with white sand and dazzling mountain backdrops, the hike will take you from terra firma to ocean bliss.

Salt River Hiking Trail

No fear of taking the wrong turn on this hike as the route is well marked. The route doubles as the prologue of the Otter African Trail Run, so if you shuffle it a bit here, you almost qualify for bragging rights. The Salt River Mouth is a secluded beach and can only be accessed on foot – good news for those who like the tranquillity of seclusion. Keep a look out for small wildlife and coastal birds whilst on your walk and who knows, you may even spot the elusive Narina Trogon, a stunningly beautiful green and red birds native to the Afrotropics, in the forest.


It is an ideal hike on a hot, sunny day because most of the trail is through indigenous forest and is close enough to the river to enjoy a dip. It is more diverse than the hike to the waterfall in Tsitsikamma and shorter than hiking Robberg Nature Reserve, and offers a different reward.


  1. Bring your swimsuit !!
  2. Swim in the lagoon; the river water is clear during high tide but murkish during low tide
  3. Don’t forget to hike all the way to the Salt River Lookout section, it’s past the river but well worth the hike. To get there, you need to cross the river (only 1.5 metres deep during high tide OR 0.5 metres deep during low tide)
  4. Enjoy the view of Formosa Peak in the Tsitsikamma Mountains, indigenous forest and the lagoon – a magical Robinson Crusoe moment
  5. Feel like an explorer from the past while you take in all the adventure of the S-shaped lagoon hike
Salt River Lagoon and Beach

Salt River Lookout - Hiking Trail Viewpoint near Plettenberg Bay


Nature's Valley Hiking Trail - Return Path from Salt River

Nature´s Valley Hiking Trail

Related Posts

Honeymoon in South Africa - Romantic and Adventurous
Honeymoon in South Africa - Romantic and Adventurous
There are many things to take into consideration when planning a wedding, especially with so much at stake. From pick...
Read More
7 of the best views in Plettenberg Bay
7 of the best views in Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay, nestled snugly in the heart of the Garden Route, is known the world over for its breathtaking scener...
Read More
South Africa - Nature‘s Valley
South Africa - Nature‘s Valley
Incredible Natural Beauty   Weather in Nature‘s Valley Hiking in Nature’s Valley - Salt River Rivermouth - Salt River...
Read More

1 comment

Woweeee its an upupup tough trot make sure you dont go up to view rather miss it climb through walk to river,save energy take h20.

Paul cannon

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.