Eastern Cape, South Africa
High up in the Amatola mountains and surrounded by indigenous forests, clear waterfalls and swirling mist the magical, mystical little village of Hogsback soothes the spirit and rejuvenates the soul. The many hiking trails lead the visitors into the pristine beauty of nature, the majestic old yellowwood tree, peace and tranquillity
Hogsback, with its wonderful mountains, spectacular views, mystical forests, swirling mists, beautiful birds, Butterflies and mushrooms, and its often glorious sunsets, has an air of enchantment and tranquillity all of its own.
Hogsback is the ideal holiday destination for nature lovers and is well known for its beautiful spring, summer and autumn gardens.
Hogsback receives its name from the three ridges, known as ‘three hogs’, that dominate the area and lie on the edge of the beautiful Tyume Valley. From different parts of Hogsback there are panoramic views over this valley and one is constantly aware of being enclosed by the Amatola Mountains.
The place is enshrouded in gorgeous gardens, dripping in rambling roses, indigenous St John’s wort and a mixture of exotics and local plants – everything seems to grow rampantly here, as if on steroids – and the bird life is fantastic. It’s also rumoured that Tolkien spent time here and that the surrounds influenced his writing of Lord of the Rings.
It isn’t hard to believe that fairies dwell in amongst the forests or that hobbits could well trundle out of the woods, their bare feet oblivious to the snow that falls here during most winters. And amenities in Hogsback reflect this play on things otherworldly with names like: The Fairy Realm, Mistyfell fruits and jam, Middle Earth organics, Rivendell campsite, The Ring hardware and bottle store, and the Enchanted Treehouse.
Main Road, R345, is entertainment for a whole day and we wended our way through various shops, restaurants and hotels. Feeding off this major tributary, along which the odd truck carrying logs whooshed by, feed other roads with names like Orchard Lane, Nutwoods Drive, Holly Lane, Trewennan Lane and Dinwiddie Lane.
Several exotic plants from Australia, Europe and further afield grace the gardens, and attract regular gardening tours from the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg.
It goes to say that residents of Hogsback include numerous artists - potters, painters, musicians and poets - who choose the beauty of the place over the rush of city life. Walking, mountain biking, bird watching, mountain climbing and trout fishing are the attractions of the outdoors here, and the pure mountain air and waterfalls just add to the allure.
|Elundini Backpackers is run by a Belgian-Xhosa couple. Lieve first came out to South-Africa in 1999 with a volunteer project and worked as an occupational therapist in the different townships around Plettenberg Bay. There she met her future husband, Elliot, who is originally from Hogsback but moved to Plettenberg Bay. Read More|
Away with the Fairies
|We are an easy-vibe, out-doorsy and nature-lover type of Backpackers with a touch of the mythical. You will find Away with the Fairies Backpackers perfectly situated right at the entrance of Hogsback village, while right on the edge of the cliff over looking the incredible Hogsback Mountains and the oldest forest in South Africa. Read More|
Terra Khaya Eco Backpackers
|Off the beaten track, off the grid and off the hook, Terra-Khaya is a vibrant mountain-top sanctuary high in the hills of Hogsback. A warm welcome awaits wild wanderers, families and conscious explorers in our creative and comfy eco-lodge; built from nature, recycled materials and passion. Enjoy good times & healthy cooking! Read More|
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