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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13 March 2018

Friends of Away with the Fairies Rubber Duc have the chance to win the International Songwriters Competition. Here's the voting link. Go to the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category and vote for Nicholas Jordaan (Rubber Duc) "Avery" https://songwritingcompetition.com/peoplesvoice

4 March 2018

It's with a tear in my eye, in fact running down my cheek that I say goodbye to Neels du Toit. You've been such a massive part of Away with the Fairies that I don't even know where to begin. My love to Eileen and Luca, words can't express how sorry I am. Your unrivalled enthusiasm, your obsession with cannabis, your sense of fair play, your integrity, your honour, your honesty, your mega decibel laugh, your sense of right and wrong they are all unrivalled. My heavy heart just wishes you'd pushed through just a little longer and maybe you'd have come through the other side and some daylight would have pierced the darkness. Why why why??? I'm so sorry I didn't see the signs. Neels of Steel, you will be very very very sorely missed, Away with the Fairies will be a lessor place without you. Goodbye my friend, you will never ever be forgotten. Dan and all the Fairies

4 February 2018

Away With the Fairies Backpackers Hogsback shared a Page.

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

6 December 2017

Our Instagram is operational again! Follow us on Instagram @away_with_the_fairies_hostel and share your magical fairy moments with us :)

2 December 2017

Away With the Fairies Backpackers Hogsback added 8 new photos.

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 danielcornick@gmail.com. The job involves a lot of admin, guest relations, having fun, managing our lovely staff, emails etc etc.