Wilderness Lakes system – Woodville Big Tree/Hoekwil
About the Birding
The trail is named after a particularly spectacular Outeniqua Yellow-wood and offers some of the Garden Routes best and most accessible forest birding. Knysna Warbler, Knysna Turaco, Chorister Robin-Chat, Yellow-Throated Woodland Warbler, Forest Canary, Grey Cuckooshrike and Narina Trogon as well as White-Starred Robin are all found here. It is also a very good spot for African Cuckoo Hawk, especially early in the morning.
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:
Permits are needed and maps are available with the permit (use a Wild Card)
The trail is not wheelchair friendly but a good selection of birds may be seen along the first 200m that are accessible.
Bathrooms are available at the start.
GPS coordinates: -33.9356, 22.6456