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Pied Kingfisher Hiking Trail, Wilderness, Garden Route

Pied Kingfisher Hiking Trail, Wilderness, Garden Route


Named after the perky black and white kingfisher with a distinctive noisy call, this rambling route is perfect for whiling away a few peaceful hours around the Wilderness Lagoon.

Starting at the Ebb and Flow South Restcamp, this easygoing 11.2km trail follows the Serpentine River floodplain. Depending on the weather, the route can be done in reverse starting early in the morning along the 2km sandy beach section.

The boardwalk section runs along the Wilderness Lagoon to the Touw River mouth. Interesting information boards describe the numerous kingfishers that live along this shoreline. You can also sit down to rest on numerous wooden benches along the way while you watch the assortment of birds as they go about their daily chores. If you are lucky, you may even spot fish in the clear water.

Enjoy the refreshing breeze as you stroll the 2 km on the sand. Climb up the dune and cross the N2 into Dumbelton Road. Walk along the paved road back to Ebb & Flow.






3 – 4 Hours


Easy to Intermediate


R20 conservation fee at Ebb & Flow. Free for Wild Card members.

Take With

You will need the following:

  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • good walking shoes
  • insect repellent
  • refreshments and water
  • camera
  • binoculars
  • swimming gear

Getting There

Turn left into Dumbelton from the N2 just outside Wilderness (Knysna side) Follow the paved road to Ebb & Flow rest camp. There is parking at the offices.

More info on the town of Knysna More info on the Garden Route area

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