Hogsback, 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-half’s 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.

The peace and quiet of the little village of Hogsback, the lower regions of which sometimes lie encased in snow during winter, are broken only by the intermittent call of the Knysna Lourie and the chatter of Samango monkeys; and if the forests don’t tempt you, the gardens of Hogsback will.

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.

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Verified reviewexcellent

I like the madona falls and swollow tail falls and the big tree and then I went to crystal house as well lovley things there for gifts and then there is backpackers lol the most best place ever a must go to when you are in the area ben and angela very nice guys to hang out with

September 2016

cyril (cape town)

Verified reviewexcellent

Stunning forest and mountain areas with lots to see, really feels as if you are so far away from everything. great hiking and mountain biking spot. You will see loads og animals here. Great place for the adventurous and energetic.

January 2013

Simon (Cape Town)

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