Brown-Hooded Kingfisher Trail: Wilderness, Garden Route
For once my friends and I weren’t concerned about watching the sunrise, and only started the trail at midday. I expected unbearable heat and long hills. It was far better than that. The forest around Wilderness is thick, and only where the path has been cut away is there space to walk – shaded walkways, long vines and moss-covered stones reminded me of reading The Lord of the Rings, or watching scenes from Avatar. Even the couch-potato inside of me enjoyed those wooden bridges and dirt paths under green canopies. I’m not a bird watcher either, but the excited cries of my city friends told me that Knysna Loeries were something to appreciate – they are. At the end of the trail we arrived at a waterfall and massive boulders. Picnic, swim, relax. You don’t need the sunrise for this kind of magic.
- Brad Harris