Eastern Cape DestinationsHogsback, Amatola
On the western end of the forested Amatola Mountains lies a village, overlooked by mountains and surrounded by indigenous Afro-montane forests that are centuries old, called Hogsback. It lies only an hour-and-a-halfs journey from Grahamstown, yet Hogsback may as well be in another world.
The beauty of the surrounds is said to have inspired J.R.R Tolkein to write his Lord of the Rings trilogy, so you can imagine the dramatic splendour of the place. Hogsback is named after three mountain peaks, which look something like the wild hogs that frequent the forest, and trails through the forest are marked with hogs of different colours to denote various walks.
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.
For more info about Hogsback see our articles on the SA Travel News Blog:
Mountain Biking in Hogsback
Focus on Hogsback
Hogsback - A town of pure magic and mystical atmosphere
Hogsback Labyrinth - travelling within whilst staying in the same place
Hogsbacks eco shrine - a voice for the earth
Just what they're getting up to in Hogsback
Hiking in Hogsback
Middle earth - what they're getting up to in Hogsback
Hike to Kettlespout Falls in Hogsback
Hogsback as a first-timer