About Us

Amatola Trails is based in Hogsback at Away with the Fairies, but is a separate business utilising all that Away with the Fairies has to offer but catering specifically to Amatola Hikers.

We offer Packages, Hiking Permits for the 6 Day 5 Night Amatola Trail and the 2 Day 1 Night Zingcuka Loop, Accommodation, Safe Parking, Hikers Assist, Airport Pick up and Drop offs, Slack-Packing options and a hopefully never to be used Extraction Service making the Amatola Hiking Trail accessible, easy to organise and giving peace of mind during your hike.

The concept is to book your package through Amatola Trails, and have your permits organised and waiting for you at Away with the Fairies the day before you begin the trail. Accommodation at Away with the Fairies in either en-suite rooms at Striders Cottage, or camping the night before you start and waiting for you on your return. The shuttle to the start of the trail departs Away with the Fairies on the morning of the hike and you can safely leave your vehicle with us for the duration of the hike. We offer Hiker Assist which entails giving a Map Briefing before you set off and then being on the end of a phone in case of problems during the trail and assisting you in sorting any problems out.

We can tailor your hike to specific requirements as a series of EXTRAS and EXTRA EXTRAS. We can collect you and drop you in East London Airport and hopefully integrate this into the Away with the Fairies regular shuttle and if not offer a specialised pick up and drop off. We can drop off provisions at Dontsa and Zingcuka Huts to offer a slack-packing option of sorts and an extraction service if a hiker cannot continue or has to leave early for any reason. Because we can book this all in one go, we can give a very good, discounted price to make it very affordable too.

We can also arrange any of the above separately if you don’t need all that we offer in our packages or you would rather custom build your hiking.

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27 November 2018

Come check out Steve Umculo Live at Away With the Fairies this Thursday.

10 November 2018

Head Fairy Applications, thank you all prospective Head Fairies, please bear with me while I go through all the amazing applications.

9 September 2018

If you want to find some snow, then the top of the Hogsback Village is the place to go. None down here at the warmest part of Hogsback today though!!!

8 September 2018

Snowing loads, right now. Getting thicker. We've even got some rooms available.

9 August 2018

Hmmmm, 30mm of rain and 4 degrees. Smells like snow to the Fairies!!!! https://www.yr.no/place/South_Africa/Eastern_Cape/Hogsback/

2 August 2018

We won top selling establishment during the month of July! What a crazy month ending on an amazing Winter Celebration weekend

22 July 2018

1 of the best things you can do in your life, right here in Hogsback! http://www.getaway.co.za/activities/hiking-activities/multiday-alternative-south-african-hiking-trails/

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 Хогсбэк.

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

1 July 2018

Buzzfeed, the popular news aggregator listed us in one of their articles entitled "24 Hostels Around The World That Look Fancy But Won’t Break The Bank" check out the full list over here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jemimaskelley/coolest-unique-best-hostel-cheap