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The Half Collared Kingfisher Trail is a great hike with a steep climb and amazing views in Wilderness National Park.
This hike starts from Ebb & Flow Rest Camp in the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park. Find out more about Ebb & Flow Rest Camp here. It’s 20 minutes from George and 40 minutes from Knysna along the N2 highway. If you don’t have a car, check out the options for car hire* from Cape Town.
Half Collared Kingfisher Trail Hiking Map
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Tips: Half Collared Kingfisher Trail
- Take: sunhat and sunscreen and water.
- This is a SAN Parks reserve. If you are not camping here you have to pay for a permit or use your WildCard.
- Extend this hike by continuing to the waterfall on the Giant Kingfisher Trail
- Find out more about Ebb & Flow Rest Camp here.
Head to the bridge between the northern and southern sections of Ebb & Flow Restcamp. There are lovely views of the river from this bridge.
Head to the western side of the river (not through the northern part of the rest camp) and you’ll find a small trail. Almost immediately you’ll reach a permit checkpoint where you can buy a hiking permit or show your park permit if you are camping.
The trail initially follows the river but if you want amazing views, take the minor trail heading steeply up the jungle-covered mountainside.
The views get better and better as you ascend before the trail then heads back down to the river. When you reach the river head back along the flat, gently path to the beginning.
If you want to extend this hike you can combine this Half Collared Kingfisher Trail with the Giant Kingfisher Trail to reach a picnic and swimming spot at a lovely waterfall further upstream.
Discover what else you can do at Ebb & Flow Rest Camp in Wilderness National Park. If you’re heading east, make sure to go hiking at Robberg Peninsula, then stop off at Storms River Rest Camp. If you’re heading west, explore Mossel Bay or De Hoop Nature Reserve.
Ebb & Flow Rest Camp was a stop on our two-month road trip around South Africa which we wrote up as a book, Chasing Ostriches*. Discover many other amazing places in South Africa and see more photos here.