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The Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail is situated in Wilderness in the Western Cape, South Africa.

This trail, like the Pied Kingfisher Trail is also popular with birdwatchers. It is a true fairy tale hike in the heart of nature. The trail is also one of the least demanding trails in the area and is only about 5 km long. Look out for the Cape Robin, Knysna Lourie, Cape Batises and many more birds along the path. Plants along the way include Num Num, Wild Grape and Sagewood. We suggest that hikers stop along the way and take note of some of the interesting names tagged to the trees.

Hikers walk alongside the Duiwe River with the path crossing over the stream in various places either via wooden bridges or stepping stones. Along the way there is an optional climb to a stunning viewpoint and the climb is well worth the effort. The trail branches off and follows the tree-lined Klein Keurbooms River, ending at the beautiful rock pool and waterfall, but watch out for slippery rocks! Bring along a picnic, the end of the trail is the perfect sport to relax and enjoy nature before heading back along the trail.

Don’t forget your hat, refreshments, sunscreen and of course your camera and binoculars.

Things to do and see

  • 5 km hike
  • Viewpoint
  • Birdwatching
  • Rock Pools
  • Waterfall
  • Picnic spot


There is no admission fee. A permit, however, at a nominal fee is required and can be obtained at the entrance to the Trail.


Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 27˚C with high rainfall in November and March.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 24˚C with high rainfall in August.


Commercial Airlines offer flights to George Airport, only 15 Km away from Wilderness. Car hire facilities are located at the Airport and visitors will travel on the N2 Highway. 

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