Welcome to Amatola Trails!
Amatola Trails offers all of the services that hikers of the Amatola Hiking Trail need, in one place. We offer Trail bookings, pre and post hike Accommodation, Shuttle service to the start of the trail, Safe parking for the duration of the hike, communication with Rangers in the field in case of emergency and Budget packages of all of these, making the Amatola Trail easy to book and hassle free.
We are based at Away with the Fairies Backpackers in Hogsback, which has always been a popular choice for Amatola Hikers for accommodation and the shuttle service. By adding a booking service and offering more services to the hikers the toughest trail in South Africa has never been so easy!
Please see below information to see what services suit your needs.
What we offer
We make the booking for you and / or your group for either the full trail or sections of the trail if you have time constraints.
We offer 2 great options to get out into the Amatola Mountains:
- The full 6-day, 5-night trail (106km) From Maden Dam – Gwili Gwili – Dontsa – Cata – Mnyameni – Zingcuka to Hogsback (Trail Details)
- 2 day, 1 night trail – From Away with the Fairies Backpackers - Zingcuka to Hogsback This is a great opportunity to do a longer hike than simply one day with a lot more adventure whilst being able to spend more time in Hogsback. You leave from Away with the Fairies, hike through the Auckland Nature Reserve to get to the Zingcuka hut. Spend a wonderful night at a hikers hut in the forest and then hike the final day of the full Amatola Trail over The Hogsback Mountains and back to Away with the Fairies the next day.
It is an incredible trail, and a tough hike so don’t under-estimate it! You must be fit and capable of hiking a minimum of 10 hours a day, never knowing what Mother Nature might throw at you.
What you will need: good hiking boots, lots of socks for crossing the streams, sleeping bag, all weather jacket, cooking utensils, food and other goodies for your overnight/s stay.
What is provided: Wooden huts with mattresses, Running water, showers, toilets and wood.
Hikers often stay at Away with the Fairies the evening before and the evening after their hike. This gives you time to prepare for the hike the night before, wake up early and board the shuttle, and on your return from the hike, there is nothing better than a good nights rest, a cold one to celebrate and a delicious pizza.
We offer accommodation in either en-suites, dormitories or camping however our most ideal option is our en-suite Striders Hikers Cottage that sleeps up to 14 in en-suite rooms.
Striders Hikers Cottage, on Away with the Fairies’ adjoining property boasts a lovely view of the Amatola Mountains, sleeping 14 persons in 6 basic, private en-suite rooms. It is ideal for your group as it is away from the bustle of the backpackers, while you have your own combined area, with a separate basic self-catering kitchen, and all bedding and towels provided.
The Rooms at Striders Hikers Cottage are as follows:
- 2 x Twin rooms en-suite
- 1 x triple room en-suite (3 single beds)
- 2 x Double rooms en-suite
- 1 x Double room with extra bed en-suite
We can accommodate groups that are larger than x14 persons at Away with the Fairies.
Shuttle to the Start
We offer a TRANSFER SERVICE from Hogsback on the starting day of your trail to your preferred starting point. We meet at Away with the Fairies reception at 05h45 and leave at 06h00 - getting you to the trail at around 07h30 - this allowing you time for a full days hike to get to your first hut.
Rate: R150 per person | Minimum PAX x4 (R600) - Maximum x15 persons
Please note: Bookings from December 1st 2016 - prices do increase
We also offer Safe Parking in Hogsback allowing you to leave all your cars on our next door property, safely until you return.
Rate: R50 per vehicle
Safe parking is included at NO COST for our guests.
PLEASE NOTE: We will be available for the duration of your hike, if you have the need to be in contact with us during your trail and need assistance from the Forest Rangers - we will liaise with them and make sure you are looked after.
In the case that a hiker needs to be returned to Hogsback, we will offer a pick up from the Keiskammahoek ranger office. Cost depends on how many pax.
We have structured the prices to accommodate the needs of hiking groups for a 2 night stay on either side of your hike, the shuttle to the start and safe parking with discounts for larger groups.
Our Budget packages include the following:
- 2 Nights Accommodation (Striders Hikers Cottage with en-suites)
- Shuttle to the start of the trail
- Safe Parking
6+ PAX | Discounted Rate: R490 p.p.s
We do require full payment in advance in order to secure your bookings.
Please note: Striders Cottage consists of rooms with triples, doubles and singles, with the budget packages we will try and accommodate the couples/singles as best we can but the package is per person sharing.
Prices increase December 1st 2016
In order to book your trail, please follow this link to our booking form (Booking Form), and we’ll do the rest.
Included in our booking service is the collection of your map from DAFF. We will have the map waiting for you on your arrival at Away with the Fairies. On the day of your trail, we will go through the map with your group and give you some valuable pointers.
Cost of Hiking Permits:
- Amatola Trail, 6 Days / 5 nights: R1120 per person Please note: This is your hiking permit and 5 overnight stays in the hikers huts.
- Fairy Trail 2 Day / 1 night: R310 per person. Please note: this is hiking permit and overnight at Zingcuka only.