Half Collared Kingfisher Trail

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Half Collared Kingfisher Trail

Half Collared Kingfisher Trail
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,790 contributions
Experience Wilderness nature
Nov 2021
The trail starts on Waterside road 3 ½ km NE from Wilderness, just before you reach a bridge over the Touw river. We walked from Fairy Knowe and took about 3 ½ hours up and down. A leisurely walk through forest along a stream leads up to a waterfall. At one point you have to cross the river using a pontoon (raft on hollow metal cylinders) which you have to move yourself. It adds a sense of adventure to the walk.

The trail is maintained also because it follows a tube used for water supply purposes.

Entry fee for foreign nationals 170 Rand (exorbitant for just a walk).
Written December 3, 2021
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NJC112
Mossel Bay, South Africa103 contributions
Walk amongst the trees
Sep 2021 • Family
Very well maintained trail and the pontoon is a lot of fun! The only really strenuous parts is where the are stairs, but it's not too difficult.

The waterfall area is very relaxing and the water is refreshing.
Written September 5, 2021
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Bea
Western Shore, Canada274 contributions
Lovely hike, need moderate fitness
Jun 2021
Lovely hike in pristine area, we had safe parking and you have great birding opportunities, take a picnic and your swiming costume in the summer.
Written June 20, 2021
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92lauren
United Kingdom86 contributions
Well maintained and easy hiking trail
Feb 2021
We went early to walk this trail and we were glad we did as we didn't see another person until we started to head back to the car! The rates were quite expensive if your a foreign national, 160 rand, but for my partner we thought the rate was very reasonable, 48 rand.
The trail itself is very well maintained and looked after with rest and picnic stops along the way. The water fall at the end of the trail is beautiful and relaxing place to spend some time.
The trail itself was about 8km long and was a nice way to spend our morning!
Written February 22, 2021
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zaheergani
Port Elizabeth, South Africa340 contributions
Fabulous day hike
Jan 2021 • Family
After convincing the kids to do this hike, they were very grateful at the end of the day, as this was one of the best day hikes we’ve done...up there with Robberg in Plett.

Easy to find off the main road in wilderness, proceed to the SANPARKS Wilderness entrance and make your way to the Ebb and Flow North section where you park your car.

Walk across the bridge to the starters hut for the entrance permit, credit cards were accepted and too pricey for SA residents (R48pp). During Covid, only the route west of the river I s open and according to my GPS watch, measured close to 9km in total, more than the advertised 7.6km.

Easy walking through mostly cool, shady forest the hike is well marked and in pristine condition except for some unsightly rock graffiti at the waterfall (who does this?).

The pontoon river crossing to the east bank is fun, 1.5km from the start. The extensive boarded walkways were most welcome. Credit to the ubiquitous Staff noted along the route, keeping the area neat and tidy.

Do take care of the slippery sloping rocks leading to the refreshing top pool.

Allow around 3-4hours for an unforgettable experience.
Written January 19, 2021
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Demmy
Klerksdorp, South Africa3 contributions
Spectacular
Jan 2021 • Family
Stunning scenery and beautiful views! A not-too—strenuous walk between the lush forest while you’re surrounded by crisp and clear bird songs. We opted for the longer walk, with a bit of a climb and decided to cross the river at the stepping stones instead of the pont. We were not disappointed, it was breathtaking and made the cool mountain pools and waterfall a very welcome and refreshing destination. We were spoilt with close up sightings of the elusive Knysna Loerie, the cherry on the cake! Beautifully maintained by people who are obviously passionate about this South African gem!
Written January 8, 2021
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MagdelSmit
Durbanville, South Africa73 contributions
10/10 scenery: 3/10 intensity
Oct 2020 • Friends
A beautiful walk through the forest leading to the waterfall. Maintenance is impeccable and the route left me gobsmacked in all its beauty. Very safe. Walked about 2 hours with a good pace and will definitely be back.
Written October 15, 2020
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LadyWillow2014
Walton-On-Thames, UK94 contributions
Beautiful Walk
Feb 2020
We decided to stay in Wilderness for one night specifically to do this walk and we were not disappointed. The trail starts at the Ebb and Flow North Rest Camp and you need to buy a permit from the hut at the start of the walk. The walk is mostly shaded and on the flat unless you decide to take the detour which is quite a climb but gives stunning views from the top. The walk ends at the Waterfall; on the journey back you cross the river by pontoon which was good fun. I would highly recommend this walk if you are in the area.
Written May 4, 2020
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Eric B
London, UK1,047 contributions
Gruelling and hazardous
Mar 2020
We heard about this from a family having breakfast near Oudsthoorn. They thought it a highlight of their holiday. So later we went there from Knysna. Our Google maps satnav got us to the start OK and it was good it was shoulder season and fairly early as we got the last decent parking spot. Parking there is extremely limited. Then we paid the fairly steep (for foreigners) fee and set off. On the way up to the waterfall we were pretty positive about it. The pontoon river crossing is fun and we didn't have to wait long. We would have preferred the canoe option but never found out where to go for it. Ah well, the walk was mostly shaded. When we got further up, to the raised boardwalk, we were impressed by the teams working to maintain it. Finally we made it to the waterfall, which had some water in early March. But from there everything went downhill. Apparently there used to be some chains to help you get up or down the scarily sloping rocks that barred the way to the pools above and below the waterfall. But they've been removed, making it a dangerous climb for oldies like us, with footwear on steep rock on the edge of adhesion. So despite having brought swimsuits we never got to the water. Plenty of youngsters were risking the hazardous rock climbs and nobody fell while we were there but I bet there are some nasty injuries. After a picnic we headed back, disappointed. We'd seen a sign to an alternative river crossing and when we got to the stepping stones thought it looked fine. But as we went on, utterly alone, the trail got steadily worse until it was very arduous. There's another diversion they explicitly label as strenuous but this diversion had no warning yet was probably ten times more strenuous than the pontoon crossing. We arrived back at the RAV4 hot and exhausted. I set the aircon going then realised my fairly new Xiaomi phone wasn't in my pocket. Aargh! We decided to go back to the fork in the path but couldn't face the endurance test diversion again. But before we'd dragged ourselves back 100m my wife had an idea. I was in my thin Thai trousers with shallow pockets and things tend to fall out of them if I sit back. I'd sat in the driver seat to put the a/c on and sure enough there was my phone, down beside the seat, complete with our South Africa SIM. Phew! But never again.
Written April 13, 2020
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Cairokid
Maidenhead, UK1,193 contributions
An enjoyable day out
Jan 2020
The walk is part of a nature reserve which you have to pay to enter. They are not very well organised. We had paid for the kayak to go part of the way up the river but when we arrived to collect it, the guy said "In this wind?" We therefore decided to walk all the way and had to ask for our money back! The walk takes over an hour each way with various flights of steps, but is not arduous. There is a nice waterfall at the end where you can swim.
Written February 16, 2020
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