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About Amatola Hiking Trail

The challenging six-day Amatola Hiking Trail traverses the Amatola Mountains through the most breath-taking landscape imaginable. The route rambles between indigenous forests and glades, grasslands and pine plantations.

The trail starts at Maden Dam near King Williams Town and finishes at Tyume Forest station three km from Hogsback. The lovely little village of Hogsback is an ideal base and all that’s needed is an arranged transfer to the start of the trail.

Most of the route passes through ancient indigenous rainforest with towering Outeniqua yellowwood, sneezewood, wild olive and lemonwood. Colourful fungi, orchids, watsonias, falling stars, and red hot pokers contribute to the enchanting forest scenes.

Hikers have no shortage of cascading waterfalls and swimming pools to cool off in. Parts of the trail are steep and strenuous but the effort is rewarded by the magnificent views alone!

The Amatola Mountain range is home to leopard, bushbuck, duiker, porcupines, bush pig, otters, baboons, and Samango and vervet monkeys. Birds you might see include Knysna turaco, Cape parrot, Cape sugarbird, crowned eagle, barbet, woodpecker, flycatcher, robin and black eagle. Look out for the giant earthworms!

Overnight huts with bunks and mattresses, braai facilities, firewood, water and toilets are provided. The weather is extremely variable at all times of year and hikers need to be well-equipped for rain, snow and very hot weather. Not recommended for unfit hikers.

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Accommodation near Amatola Hiking Trail


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High up in the beautiful Amatola Mountains, the Laragh-on-Hogsback lies amidst a mixture of indigenous and exotic trees, in the hamlet of...
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Valley View Cottage

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Valley View Cottage is situated in Hogsback with beautiful mountain views, surrounded by natural forests. The units are within walking...
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Hogsback Inn

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Hogsback Inn exudes country charm and elegance which has made it a local landmark. The English tavern and inn offers an Old World feel...
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Maple Grove

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Restore peace and tranquility to your mind, body, and soul at Maple Grove. Situated in Upper Hogsback and nestled behind an avenue of...
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Birch Grove

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Birch Grove is a charming log cabin in the heart of Hogsback. The comfortable accommodation set in the lush forests will have guests...
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Back o' the Moon Cottage

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Back o' the Moon Cottage is a cosy thatched cottage with Old World charm, built in 1935. It is situated in the misty village of Hogsback...
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Amatola Hiking Trail Map

Amatola Hiking Trail is 2.4km from the centre of Hogsback , the nearest airport 109.5km (East London Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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