Half Collard Kingfisher Trail & Bosduif Loop
This trail is a 'jewel in the Wilderness'...
After you have obtained your permit from the Ebb & Flow rest camp in the Wilderness National Park, either leave your vehicle there and walk to the start opposite the purification plant alongside the rail/ road bridge, or park here at the bridge. As you descend on the path, the sense of anticipation is already tangible. This is not any old forest hike, the wooden bridges and steps lure you deeper into the forest. Be sure to take the "Bosduif Loop" path. This path winds up the side of the cliff to a breathtaking viewpoint right at the top, overlooking the Touw River and camp site. Spending time here is essential allowing one to stand in awe at the unrivaled natural beauty.
When descending to the river, be on the lookout for fish in the clear water. The river is crossed by means of stepping stones or pontoon. Now follow the path along the eastern bank of the Touw River to the boardwalk, which affords hikers beautiful viewpoints onto the river and surrounds. Due to it's wondrous beauty, this world class boardwalk must be traversed. The waterfall offers gorgeous pools for dipping, and taking a picnic basket is a good idea. The total distance is 7.2km and takes 3-4 hours. Another equally beautiful option is hiring a canoe from Eden Adventures, in the Ebb & Flow South rest camp, and rowing to a point where the river becomes a narrow, shallow stream. Views are unsurpassed - the water is crystal clear and the trees add to the general feeling of tranquility. Leave your canoe on the banks of the river and follow the path to the boardwalk. There are also numerous picnic spots to stop over next to the river. Forgetting your camera will be almost unforgivable.
Distance: 7.2km, 3-4 hours.
Route marker: The route is very clear and follows well established paths and boardwalks, a first class trail.
Permits/costs: R20 conservation fee at Ebb & Flow. Free for Wild Card members.
Directions: Take the Ebb & Flow turnoff in Wilderness (east of the main Wildeness turnoff)
Coordinates: S33 59.257 E22 36.399
Other: Take your swim wear to take a cool dip at the waterfall.
9KB. Only Garmin GPS units supported, need BaseCamp, MapSource or Trip & Waypoint Manger to open.
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