The Amatola hiking Trail

The toughest hiking trail in South Africa

Hogsback and the Amatola Hiking Trail

Hogsback is the end point of this spectacular 106km, 6 day trail. It is also known as the Waterfall Trail, due to the incredible amounts of waterfalls along the way. This epic and extremely challenging trail was once voted the best trail in South Africa by Getaway Magazine. For any serious hiker, the Amatola Trail is one for the bucket list.

Amatola Trials

Amatola Trails is a partner of Away with the Fairies that organizes everything that you will need to experience all, or part of this amazing hiking trail. From shuttles to permits to accommodation, they sort it all out for you.

Bookings are essential

You need to book for your trail and to get a map and permit. To help avoid yourself a hassle and to avoid the risk of being left to your own devices, we strongly recommend you book via Amatola Trails only.

Why book with Amatola Trails?

The reasons you do not want to book via any other means than Amatola Trails are:

  • We are the only company that do shuttles to the trail and do not accept customers from other agencies.
  • We pick up the phone every day of the year in case of emergencies on the trail and are willing to assist at any time.

To wrap it up, you will basically be left to look after yourself should you use any other booking means than Amatola Trails, as nobody else offers the extent of service that we do.


For groups of up to 14, STRIDER’S HIKERS COTTAGE with it’s 6 en-suite rooms is an ideal accommodation option.  With 2 twin, 1 double, 1 double with an extra single bed and 1 triple room, all en-suite, private and comfortable. The cottage has lovely views of the Amatola Mountains with a lekker Braai area right outside. There is a basic self catering kitchen in Gandalf’s, the rondavel next to the cottage.


We can transport groups to the start of the trail at Maden Dam for the 6 day hike, or the overnight or forestry huts if you are hiking a shorter route. The charge is R165 per person to get to the start of any of the days, with a minimum of 4 pax or R660. We set off at either 6am or 8am.

Shuttles to and from the airport can be arranged upon request.


The Amatola Trail is not to be underestimated, any hiker must be prepared and have the necessary hiking equipment. An absolute bare minimum of Sturdy Hiking Boots, Warm Jacket, Waterproof Jacket, Lots of Socks and a Sleeping Bag is essential.

Multi Day Hiking Options.

The main Amatola Trail starts at Maden Dam near King William’s Town and is 6 days and 5 nights. We also offer 2 and 3 day Amatola Trail hiking options for people with less time.

The 2 day trail starts and finishes at Away with the Fairies so there is no need for any transport.

Safe Parking

Secure parking is available to all of our guests at no cost. For hikers not using our services we charge a R50 fee per vehicle.

Emergency Extractions.

We regret that we do not offer medical assistance or any form of emergency service. We recommend that you take out adequate insurance for such an eventuality.

Group Discounts

Group discounts for The Amatola Trail are available for groups with numbers 11 and over. Click here for more details.



  • Stunning Views on The Amatola Trail

    Stunning Views on The Amatola Trail

  • 39 steps waterfall

    Countless waterfalls along the Amatola Trail


Our Partners

Sugar Shack Backpackers, East London

Sugar Shack is spectacularly situated on a sand dune on Eastern Beach, literally within spitting distance of the beach, yet only a few minutes’ walk from restaurants, pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops and East London’s very own Aquarium.

Coffee Shack Backpackers, Coffee Bay

We have a reputation of being a fun, good-value hostel with excellent facilities and the most amazing, friendly local staff.

Amatola Trails, Hogsback

The Amatola Hiking Trail is a 6 day hike through the Amatola Mountains. The trail consists of several exciting loop trails and the main 6 day trail which is linear. The trail can be started at various points, from 2 to 6 days, with the main trail starting at Maden Dam near King Williams Town and ending near Hogsback.

Hogsback Adventures

Hogsback Adventures, the Go-To Adventure company in Hogsback. Experience mountain-biking, abseiling, archery and guided tours with a professional and owner-run operator.