Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Hogsback accommodation, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


The best thing that one can get from Hogsback is the quiet, surpassed by the singing of birds or the call of the Knysna Lourie. Hogsback is high up on the Amatola mountains and surrounded by very old Afro-montane forests. Looking up towards the mountains you will see some waterfalls.
In another direction you can see the Tyume valley. From the top of Gaika's Kop (1700 metres) you get stunning views: The Elandsberg mountains and the Seymour valley, even the coastline some 120 kilometres (78 miles) away.

These are some of the things that you can do at Hogsback: walking, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, trout fishing, and mountain climbing. Extreme birdwatchers should watch out for the Cape Parrot, they are quite rare and there is only 300 left in the world. Visitors can also relax, enjoy a massage, some reflexology, or just read a book.

The walks are wonderful, with deep forests, trickling streams and dramatic waterfalls. Hogsback is an easy drive of about an hour and a half from East London and is very close to the Fort Hare campus at Alice.

Pretty much in the middle of nowhere, this high-lying, well forested area is perfect for people who just want to get away from it all. There are a few hotels and a backpackers but the best bet for accommodation is to rent a cottage.