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Sedgefield-Half Collard Kingfisher Trail/ Drupkelders Trail

Knysna Wilderness Hike

Drupkelders Hiking Trail

Distance: This hiking trail is 1.7km down to the Homtini River and you return on the same trail. Total distance 3.4km.

Hike: This hike is strenuous with steep descents and inclines especially with the return trip. The descent to the Homtini river is 274m for approximately 1km.

Permits: A permit must be obtained from the access gate at the Goudveld entrance boom at the T-junction.

Cost:

  • R55.00 once off per reservation
  • Adults R22.00pp
  • Children under the age of 13 is R12.00pp.

GPS Coordinates: S33 55.721 E22 56.406

From Sedgefield it is 17km to The Rheenendal turnoff. Follow this road for 12.6km and take the Bibby’s Hoek turnoff to the right. You will travel on a gravel road for approximately  4kms and then you will come to a T-junction with a boom and a Nature conservation sign. Turn left and follow the gravel road to Forest Edge Self-catering units where the hike is sign posted.

After the start of the hiking trail.you start your descent to the river.  After the steep incline down to the river there is a sign just on the river edge.There is a stalagmite which has formed from the water dripping off the rock face. There is an area where you can swim to feel refreshed before your steep hike back to the starting point.

 

Half Collard Kingfisher Trail

Distance: 3.6km to the waterfall which is private property so the trail is closed off at this point.

Hike: Fair to easy with several steps to climb.

Permits: Permits have to be kept with you at all times. This will be given to you once you have paid for your entrance.

Cost:

  • R55.00 once off per reservation
  • Conservation levy-Local Adult R37.00, Child R18.00.
  • Conservation Levy-SADC Nationals overnight and day visitors Adult R74.00, Child R37-00.
  • Conservational Levy-Foreign Nationals and day visitors Adult R120.00, Child R60.00.

GPS Coordinates: 33° 59′ 15.2052″ S, 22° 36′ 22.0464″ E.

Take the Hoekwil turnoff from the main N2 road and travel till you see the road sign

Travel 1.5km on the gravel road and pass Ebb and Flow Camping site cross over the Touw river via a railway bridge to the parking area which has a toilet facility.

The hiking trail is well marked and very shady. The path ways can be slippery if they are wet so be very careful.

Crossing the Touw river on a pontoon is a whole lot of fun but if you are not brave then you can cross the river on stepping stones further up the river. Just follow the Bosduif loop.

There are several picnic spots along the hiking trail which makes the hike more enjoyable to just sit and relax and absorb the sound of the river flowing or the birds tweeting in the background.

Once you have crossed the Touw River most of the hiking trail is on a boardwalk with stunning sights to see.

There is many resting places along the boardwalk hike to the waterfall.

Most of the trees are all labelled namely the Outeniqua Yellowwood, Cape Beech, White Milkwood, Small knobwood, white ironwood and so many more.

There are beautiful ferns on the edge of the river.
We were fortunate to see a Knysna Loerie as these birds are very shy.Then the hike comes to an end on the boardwalk with a sign indicating no entry.

At this point you turn back and follow the same route back to the car park.

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