Shuttle to the start of the trail

It is not recommended to leave your vehicle at Maden Dam for 6 days for security reasons. We offer a Shuttle service from Hogsback to the start of the trail for R300 per person – (included in the package) we depart between 07.30 and 08.00 on the morning of your hike. Departure time will be confirmed when you arrive at Away with the Fairies for your pre-hike briefing.

Whenever we can, we use The Mzansi Experience to get you to the start of the Amatola Trail which is at Maden Dam. The drive to the start of the trail is 1 ½ hours, on some pretty treacherous roads.

The Mzansi Experience has brand new Mercedes Sprinter Buses so they get you there in comfort and with lots of space. For larger groups it might be necessary to use Mzansi and other vehicles too.

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

Please Note: there are no Mzansi Buses leaving Hogsback on a Wednesday, so any Wednesday morning hike starts will be shuttled to Maden Dam in Amatola Trails and Away with the Fairies vehicles.

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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

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"

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

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6 December 2017

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