Packages & Extras

Book your Permit, Pre and Post hike accommodation, shuttle to the start of the trail, safe parking for your cars and hiker assist - all in one go - and get a Much Better Price

Amatola Packages

6 Day - 5 Night Full Amatola Trail

Save R225 per person – The Amatola Packages gives a permit for the full 6 day/ 5 night trail, 2 nights pre and post hike in en-suite accommodation at Striders Cottage or camping, shuttle to the start of the trail, safe parking and our assistance package.

Students and Scholars receive a large discount, but must supply a copy of each students Photo ID before payment is made.

  1. Amatola - Striders En-Suite Package - R1900 per person
  2. Amatola - Camping Package - R1700 per person
  3. Amatola - Scholars Striders En-Suite Package - R1060 per person
  4. Amatola - Scholars Camping Package - R860 per person

Zingcuka Packages

2 Day - 1 Night Zingcuka Loop

Save R232 per person – The Zingcuka Package gives a permit for the 2 day/ 1 night trail, Lift to the start of the trail, 2 nights pre and post hike in en-suite accommodation at Striders Cottage or camping at Away with the Fairies, safe parking and our assistance package.

Students and Scholars receive a large discount, but must supply a copy of each students Photo ID before payment is made.

  1. Zingcuka - Striders En-Suite Package - R850 per person
  2. Zingcuka - Camping Package - R650 per person
  3. Zingcuka - Scholars Striders En-Suite Package - R675 per person
  4. Zingcuka - Scholars Camping Package - R475 per person

EXTRAS - If you don't use our package

Permit Fees Only

6 Day – 5 Night Full Amatola Trail

The cost of the basic hike is R216 per hiker per day, which for the 6 day/ 5 night trail totals R1296 per person this includes your hiking permit and 5 nights in the hikers huts along the way. We recommend doing the hike in a group of at least 3 hikers (No fewer than 2) with the maximum amount of hikers the huts sleep being 20. We try and only book 1 group per day, however this is not guaranteed but mostly we can keep it to 1 group. Please note there is a price increase on trail bookings every financial year on the 1st of April, so only if you pay in full before then will you receive this quoted price.

Scholars - There is a nice discount for registered students and scholars. The permit fee for scholars is R456 per person for all of the above. Scholars must supply a copy of their photo student card before payment.

2 Day – 1 Night Zingcuka Loop

The cost of the permit for the 2 day/ 1 night trail totals R432 per person and includes your hiking permit and 1 night in Zingcuka hikers hut. We recommend doing the hike in a group of at least 3 hikers (No fewer than 2) with the maximum amount of hikers the huts sleep being 20.

Scholars - There is also a discount for registered students and scholars. The permit fee for scholars is R264 per person. Scholars must supply a copy of their photo student card before payment.

Shuttle to the start of the trail

The start of the Full Amatola Trail is at Maden Dam which is 1 1/2 hours from Hogsback on some pretty treacherous roads. It is not recommended to leave your vehicle at the start of the trail for 6 days for security reasons. We offer a Shuttle service from Hogsback to the start of the trail for R180 per person (for less than 4 hikers we charge a minimum of R650) - we depart between 06h00 and 08h30 on the morning of your hike. Departure time will be confirmed when you arrive at Away with the Fairies.

The 2 Day Zingcuka Loop starts at the end point of the 6 Day Amatola Trail, right here in Hogsback and 4 km along a dirt road from Away with the Fairies. We charge R50 per person and leave at 6am.

Pre and Post Hike Accommodation

We recommend spending the night before and after the trail, at Striders Cottage which is the adjoining property to Away with the Fairies which comprises of 6 en-suite rooms, sleeping a total of 14 people for R250 per person per night sharing. Striders Cottage is tailor made for Amatola Hikers, allowing you to have basic en-suite rooms in a peaceful location and a separate self-catering kitchen and common room as a perfect place to prepare / recover. If you are wanting a cooked meal on the night before or on your return from your hike - Away with the Fairies is right next door and has a fully stocked bar and a restaurant that offers their famous pizza's. Alternatively, if you have a tent and really feel like making it an outdoors experience from beginning to end then why not camp at Away with the Fairies for R100 per person per night.

Room configuration within Striders Cottage:

Please let me know how many singles / couples within your group - so i can book your accommodation as best as needed but please note the price is per person sharing so 2 single hikers will be required to share a twin room.

Safe Parking

If you book through Amatola Trails then we offer Free Safe Parking as standard, allowing you to leave all your cars on our next door property, safely until you return. We charge R50 per vehicle if you haven't booked through Amatola Trails.

Hikers Assist

We give a Pre-Hike briefing, going over all the points to look out for on the trail and giving advice on anything you may need to know. If once on the trail you are unsure of anything or run into difficulties please feel free to call us and we will see what we can do to help. This package is free when you book the trail with us but if you haven't booked with us we charge R100 per hiker in each group before the trail begins if you would like this service.

EXTRA EXTRAS

Slack Packing

Due to the nature of the trail and accessibility to the huts we can't offer a full Slack Packing Package. We can however offer a drop-off of your pre-packed (by you) goods to Dontsa Hut (after day 2) for R1500 (1 and 1/2 to 2 hours drive each way on shocking roads) and to Zingcuka Hut (after day 5) for R350 (you will have to walk the 300m to the road to meet us and carry your goodies to the hut).

Extractions

We don't want to make it an option in your mind to not complete the trail, but we do offer an extraction service in certain - non-emergency - situations. Due to the nature of the trail it is extremely difficult / impossible to get to many parts of the trail in a vehicle. Some over-night huts are not accessible in bad weather. We can however get to all the Forestry Stations in any weather. We charge R1500 for the first 4 hours and then R500 per hour over that. (Almost all extractions are possible within 4 hours, and anything extra will probably involve driving in punishing conditions which puts a lot of strain on our vehicles). If you need an extraction from Zingcuka then we charge R350, but remember, finishing in Zingcuka means you haven't officially completed the Amatola Trail.

For full emergencies we would contact and assist Mountain Rescue.

Prices Valid until 1st April 2018 and payment in full must be made by then in order to get these prices, even if the hike is after this date.

When making a booking we require The Hike Leaders name, address and contact number in order to secure your booking, once that is done we payment in full. Please be sure that all your hikers are fully committed before making your booking as refunds can be very time consuming, involve a cancellation fee and are pretty complicated. All Students must send through a photo copy of their student ID in order to get the Student Price.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding your accommodation preference, confirm your hiking date, number of pax, any extras or extra extras you would like and I will happily make your booking.

Thank you,
Dan
Amatola Trails


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