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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4 February 2018

Away With the Fairies Backpackers Hogsback shared a Page.

If anyone fancies doing the best hiking trail in South Africa!!!

28 December 2017

Away With the Fairies Backpackers Hogsback added an event.

Away With the Fairies Backpackers is inviting everyone to join in the festivities by hosting a Leopard print toga party! Bring your own toga or buy a Leopard print toga for R50 plus entrance in to a lucky draw for a bottle of Tequila :)

6 December 2017

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2 December 2017

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A couple of snaps of our world famous bathtub with it's amazing view

23 November 2017

Away with the Fairies is looking for a new Head Fairy to start immediately. If anyone is looking for a management job in the most beautiful place on earth then email me The job involves a lot of admin, guest relations, having fun, managing our lovely staff, emails etc etc.

18 September 2017

It's spring and beautiful! Festival of trees and SpringFest coming up from this weekend and we are offering a 50%, yes 50% discount on CAMPING rates to ALL festival goers. Dust off your camping equipment and join in the celebrations!