The Amatola Hiking Trail

The Amatola Trail is a 6 Day 5 Night hiking trail starting at Maden Dam near King Williams Town, traversing the incredible Amatola Mountains and ending in the iconic village of Hogsback. The trail is truly amazing and very strenuous so one needs to be prepared, however the views, remoteness, pristine indigenous forest and endless waterfalls make it one of, if not the, best hikes in South Africa. You must be fit and capable of hiking a minimum of 10 hours a day, never knowing what Mother Nature might throw at you. Almost to a person, weary returning hikers always say it is the hardest but best trail that they have ever done.

The Zingcuka Loop 2 Day 1 Night hiking trail starts and finishes in Hogsback. This is an incredible trail, but not to be underestimated. Very tough and very long, this is for experienced hikers, but it is absolutely incredible for those without a full 6 days at their disposal.

The beautiful village of Hogsback is the perfect place to safely base yourself before and after your epic Amatola adventure as it is the end point of the full 6 day Amatola Trail, and the start and end point of the 2 day Zingcuka Loop.


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yes 3 July 2018

It's a bright crisp morning in Hogsback. A small amount of snow still up high in the village, but not much. A lovely day for a hike in the forest!!!


2 July 2018

Away With the Fairies Backpackers Hogsback is in Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

Snowing in Hogsback! Get here before we get snowed in!!! Photo credit: Robert Kirsten


1 July 2018

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25 March 2018

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13 March 2018

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4 March 2018

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4 February 2018

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6 December 2017

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