Wilderness Lakes system – Half-collared Kingfisher trail
About the Birding
The Half-collared Kingfisher trail is arguably the better of the Kingfisher trails from a birding perspective. It starts and ends at the reception of Ebb and Flow rest camp in the Wilderness section of the National Park (-33.9880, 22.6082). All fees for permits are payable at Reception.
Right outside the reception office are large Wild Bananas and Broom Cluster Fig. These trees are magnets for the resident Grey Sunbird and Knysna Turacos. Knysna Woodpecker are often heard and seen in a clump of Milkwoods behind the reception.
About the Birding Site
Situated at the Western end of the Garden Route National Park and named by early settlers as a perceived Garden of Eden, the Wilderness Lakes offer superb birding including 2 Ramsar sites and an IBA. Comprising 4 reed fringed lakes, Fynbos and Afro-Montane Forest as well as drier coastal scrub Forest, numerous walking trails plus 2 hides allow for easy access to the region’s birds.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
GPS Coordinates -33.9901, 22.6085
Time: +- 4 hours
Permits and maps available from reception (use your wildcard).
The trail is not wheelchair friendly but a good selection of birds may be found within the rest camps. Bathrooms are available at reception.