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“Hogsback is a gem too good not to share!”

Is what an intrepid Englishman decided , in 1997, after exploring the Amatola mountain range and the Auckland nature reserve.The countless waterfalls, and prolific fauna and flora were just too beautiful to remain unknown.
So he came up with a solution called Away with the Fairies.  He will share this gem with travelers from the furthest reaches of the middle-earth.

The solution was to gather a few Hobbits, Fairies and himself.

And together they established the Backpackers “Away with the Fairies”. One of the best backpackers in South Africa. The name now carries weight in all corners of the land.

Twenty years down the line, Away with the Fairies has become more magical ever since.

Striders Hikers Cottage has also become part of the Fairies land. A short journey through our enchanted forest and you will find the peace and quiet one deserves after long and tiresome hikes.

Away with the Fairies is a refuge where one can truly escape the madness of the concrete jungle. It is a place to wander, whether in thought or person, through the mythical forests and mountain trails surrounding the Fairy home.

Away with the Fairies invites you to come and experience the astonishing array of natural landscapes. And to come and let your mind wander with the Fairies and their friends.

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Rivendell House of Healing

Rivendell House of Healing is a mountainside retreat where we focus on spirituality, meditation, personal growth, permaculture and yoga on a backpackers budget.

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.

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.

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.

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.