Pied Kingfisher Hiking Trail
If you are so fortunate to be visiting the Ebb & Flow rest camp at Wilderness, this is the ideal early morning hike.
Although this circular route covers a distance of 11.5 Km, it's very easy-going and takes 3-4 hours to complete. Start in the rest camp across form Eden Adventures at Tarentaal and follow the route markers as you walk along the side of the Serpentine floodplain. Be on the look out for numerous birds in the reed beds. When you reach the rail/road bridge you can head back to camp or continue on the path where it is signposted just after the bridge. As you reach the outskirts of Wilderness follow Melkhout Road and at the cul de sac follow the path between the houses until you reach Freezia Street and then onto Waterside Road. Be sure not to walk on Waterside Road itself, but walk on the beautiful boardwalk hugging the banks of the Touw River just below the road. This very charming boardwalk meanders along the river's edge and is built around the quaint milkwood trees which seem to be lying down as if in rest. You can also sit down to rest on numerous wooden benches along the way while you watch various birds as they go about their daily chores. If you are lucky, you may even spot fish in the clear water. When you reach Wilderness CBD, pass through the subway under the N2 at the petrol station and onto the beach.
Enjoy the refreshing breeze as you stroll the 2 Km on the sand in on easterly direction. Climb up the dune and cross the N2 into Dumbelton Road. Walk along the paved road back to Ebb & Flow.
Distance: 11.5km, circular.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Permits/Costs: R20 conservation fee at Ebb & Flow rest camp. Free for Wild Card members.
Directions: Turn into Dumbelton from the N2 just outside Wilderness (Knysna side) Follow the paved road to Ebb & Flow rest camp. There are parking at the offices.
Coordinates: S33 59.596 E22 36.412
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