The Half Collared Kingfisher Trail is a great hike with a steep climb and amazing views in Wilderness National Park.

Mountainous views on the Half Collared Kingfisher Trail, South Africa


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.

Trail Route

3.8 km | 1.5 hours | 172 m up | 172 m down | 156 m high | 3 m low

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.

Fungi in Wilderness National Park, South Africa
Purple plant in Wilderness National Park, South Africa

The trail initially follows the river but if you want amazing views, take the minor trail heading steeply up the jungle-covered mountainside.

Mountains and river while hiking the Half Collared Kingfisher Trail, South Africa
Views of Ebb & Flow rest camp in Wilderness National Park on the Garden Route, South Africa

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.

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Views on the Half Collared Kingfisher Trail, South Africa

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