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Trails

1 @39 Steps Waterfall ----- Active

• hiking

15 mins, easy walk that starts at the Arboretum in Oak Avenue and leads through the Arboretum (trees from round the world, including Californian Redwoods) up to the 39 Steps Waterfall.

GPS: -32.58958, 26.93249 | -
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2 @Amathola hiking trail ----- Active

• hiking @Away with the Fairies

The Amatola Trail is currently due to re-open on the 1st of December 2020. Reduced capacity groups must be between 3 and 13 hikers. The Amatola Trail is a 6 Day 5 Night 100km hiking trail starting at Maden Dam near King Williams Town, traversing the incredible Amatola Mountains and ending in 3km from Hogsback. The trail is truly amazing and one of the best in South Africa. Fitness: not for the unfit; considered tough. (other options for sections of this route includes • running • horse riding) You can also hike a subsection of this trail. Booking and permits are essential.

GPS: -32.60274, 26.93874 | 2 Main Road, Hogsback, 5721
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Contact: Daniel Cornick (Dan) or Monique | cell: D: +27 72 668 0602 or M: +27 72 995 8654 | email: amatolatrails@gmail.com

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3 @Amathole Hirse Trails ----- Active

• horse trails • combo tours @Terra-Khaya GPS: -32.58016, 26.91224 | 3 Wattle Way, Hogsback, 5721
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Contact: __________
landline: +27 45 962 1143 | cell: +27 82 897 7503, +27 72 615 7899 | email: info@terrakhaya.co.za

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4 @Arboretum ----- Active

• arboretum • forest bathing trail

The arboretum was planted 130 years ago. This is the perfect, quiet and beautiful spot under the trees for a special occasion or romantic picnic. Designated parking in Oak Avenue. Many hiking trails start at the Arboretum - some easy and some difficult. Follow the maps and quaint pathways to find the 39 Steps Waterfall more • meditative walks • waterfall • open air church • garden of love • labeled trees • 5 largest and fasted growing Californian Redwoods in South Africa.

GPS: -32.59052, 26.93513 | 15 R345, Hogsback, 5721
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5 @Big tree ----- Active

• tree • hike trail

A 1-hour hike leads up the Main Road and through the rainforest.  The Big 800 year old Yellowwood tree is the largest tree in the Eastern Cape, standing at 36.6 meters tall, and is home to an abundance of bird life. Many of the trees are labeled for identification. You can also start from @Fairies leading into the indigenous forest to the Big Tree. (From there an additional route of 4 hours can circling back via Swallow Tail Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Madonna and Child Falls.)

GPS: -32.60226, 26.94436 | -
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6 @Bluff ----- Active

• walk/hike •  picnic •  sundowners

45 minute comfortable scenic stroll along the circular Bluff path that is next to a cliff and goes up to the eco-shrine. Views of Tyume Valley below and Gaika's Kop. Enjoy the watsonias, proteas and other wild flowers, yellow crassula and satyrium orchids. Ideal for late afternoons or early evenings and a perfect location for a picnic or for enjoying a sundowner. Suitable for everybody.

GPS: -32.59947, 26.9161 | address: _____
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Contact: __________
landline: _____ | mobile: _____ | email: __________

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7 @Bridal Veil Falls ----- Active

• viewpoint • hike

GPS?

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8 @Cliff-edge bath • view point • bathing ----- Active

@Away with the Fairies

The world’s most scenic (and most famous) bathtub... imagine that. Fancy taking a nice warm bath on the edge of the cliff at Away with the Fairies, dropping straight into the oldest forest in South Africa? Book a half hour time slot when you arrive. You can also buy an environmentally friendly bath pack so the forest is happy too.

GPS: -32.60157, 26.94183 | address: _____
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9 @Gaika’s Kop ----- Active

• viewpoint • Touraco guided hikes

Gaika’s Kop is a 3-hour hike (drive to the starting point from where to hike there and back) @touraco guided hike and picnic hamper options.

GPS: -32.5461, 26.95149 | address: _____
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10 @Kettlespout ----- Active

• waterfall • hiking (see precautions)While there are various access points, it is recommended to access via Hobbiton side (east side). You can park at Hobbiton and will have to ascend and descend on the Hobbiton side and will not be able to hike a loop. A map will be displayed at the start of the hike. (Do not access from the arboretum)GPS: -32.591214, 26.957891 | address: _____
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Contact: Tonya
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11 @Lowestoffe Dam + ----- Active

• fly-fishing • trails • hiking • running • mountain bike • horse riding • birding • flora • san rock art • farm activities

They specialise in horse trail rides, mountain biking, hiking, birding and fly fishing in any of a number of fully stocked trout dams - for trout, Bass and Yellow fish. Horse trail rides are conducted from the stables. Vast open spaces and diverse topography. Guided hiking, riding and wildlife viewing. Numerous scenic spots to enjoy a picnic.

GPS: -32.44507, 26.90347 | H8 & H11 Farms on the Cathcart to Hogsback road
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Contact: Robyn Conroy or Neil Evens
landline: +27 45 843 1716 | cell: +27 83 651 9224 | email: lowestoffe@hogsback.com

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12 @Madonna & Child ----- Active

• waterfall • hiking/mountain bike trail • abseil

One way of reaching the waterfall is from Wolf Ridge Road, which is a 1-hour hike, leading through indigenous rainforest with a moderately steep downhill (the board reads: 460m-steep boardwalk descent to the forest floor then 130m walk to the falls - it sounds close but it is quite an exertion). It can also be reached via The Big Tree, which is a longer route that includes Swallowtail falls and Bridal Veil falls. If the waterfall doesn't resemble a madonna and child, it is because the madonna part fell of about 50 years ago. From Wolf-ridge road it is a 3km walk into the village. Lots to see like • birds • butterflies • moss • ferns • forest creatures.

GPS: -32.608505, 26.9645536 | Hogsback State Forest, Hogsback, 5721
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13 @Robertson Dam ----- Active

• fishing • hiking/mountain bike/horse trail • braai

Is Anderson Dam Trail - the Robertson Dam trail?

Anderson Dam Trail: 8km Time: +/- 3-4 hours. - This trail makes for a fun filled day out, grab a picnic basket and/or fishing gear. The 8 kilometer walk is easy and suitable for all people at all fitness levels. The walk in total will take you 3 to 4 hours there and back, but why rush and get it done - spend a bit longer and stop along the way at the dam where you can take advantage of the beautiful Kologa picnic area. Braai spots, ablution blocks and picnic tables are here making this a convenient spot for lunch with everything you need. The Andersons Dam Trail  is very scenic and is abundant with plant and birdlife so be sure to bring your camera with you to capture nature at its best.

GPS: -32.62129, 26.96986 | Wolfridge Road, Hogsback, 5721
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14 @Robertson dam - Cycle Roots ----- Active

• Cycle Roots Trail @camohogs • mountain bike trail • mountain bike rental • guided mountain bike tours

Guided bike rides through the indigenous forests of Hogsback. Scenic tours to waterfalls and viewpoints off the beaten track. We build and maintain all the single track mountain bike paths in Hogsback.

Robinson Dam single track mountain bike trails. Visiting riders are welcome to explore on their own using the track markings. A map is provided that is easy to read and shows all the routes. Scenic guided tours to waterfalls and viewpoints off the beaten track. Pay for permit fee and obtain a cycling map at the office.

GPS: -32.62129, 26.96986 | Wolfridge Road, Hogsback, 5721
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15 @Swallowtail Falls ----- Active

• hiking

In front of Away with the Fairies there is the inverted v-shaped Swallow Tail falls. Short hike or loop trail: Swallow Tail Falls, Big Tree, Bridal Veil Falls, Madonna and Child Falls Circuit is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail. Coming from the Big Tree, and following an unmarked trail - then scramble up the steep/slippery banks of the Swallowtail River. Return the same way.

30 minute - from Wolfridge road you can reach the top of Swallows Tail falls with an easy, shady stroll. Enjoy a spectacular view over the valley. For those with a fear of heights, you can choose not to go and peer over the edge. Strenuous: To see the full tail you have to climb down further which is quite a strenuous endeavour.

GPS: lat: __________ long: _____ | address: _____
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16 @Tor Doone ----- Active

• hiking • view point

Arboretum to Tor Doone: A short hike starts at the Arboretum up to TorDoone on the contour path. Another option is the Tor Doone Circuit, which is 21.6 km. and considered difficult.

GPS: -32.59731, 26.9598 | address: _____
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17 @Upper Tyume Falls ----- Active

• hiking

This waterfall is above the Madonna and Child waterfall.

GPS: -32.605952, 26.9691672 | address: _____
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18 Birding/Concervation @Cape Parrot Project ----- Active

• guided birding walks • indigenous tree nursery • community involvement

• birding walking trail • indigenous tree nursery • multiple community/micro-nurseries

Morning/afternoon guided birding walks starting at the Hogsback Aboretum. They are saving the endangered and endemic Cape Parrot through daily monitoring conservation research, forest dependence - habitat restoration, reforestation and community involvement. Education to community about the vulnerability and importance of the Cape parrot. Planting trees and other vegetation, growing diversity - supporting and enhancing the eco-systems of these forests and removing invasive species like wattle trees. Cape Parrot Project - Wild Bird Trust.

GPS: -32.59602, 26.94316 | 27 Wolfridge Road, Hogsback, 5721
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Contact: Dr Cassie and Dr Kate Carstens, The Cape Parrot | cell: C: +27 82 321 3302, K: +27 79 621 8677 | email: cassie@wildbirdtrust.com

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19 Grasslands Farm ----- Unsure

• fishing • walks/hikes

Set in the foot hills of the Hogsback mountains, Loch Lochy offers quality trout fishing in a beautiful, secluded and tranquil setting. Just 21km from Hogsback. One cast will have you hooked.

El Jays stud are opening a livery Centre for retired horses, resting/rehab for younger horses, and an ideal environment for youngsters to grow up. We can offer space,  calm environment and professional care for the horses. We also are offering a chance to get away with your horse, and out ride in nature, spend time  unwinding and relaxing.

GPS: -32.56286, 27.00179 | address: _____
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Contact: Jennifer
landline: _____ | cell: +27 84 873 1288 | email: jenniferwhyle@gmail.com

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20 Guided Mountain Hikes @touraco ----- Active

• Hog 1 • Hog 3 • Gaika’s Kop

Enjoy hiking one of these: Hog1, Hog3 or Gaika’s Kop, with Laurent. He will drive you to the starting point and walk with you. Highly recommended guided tour. Hog 1 or Gaika’s Kop are 3-hour hikes (drive to the starting point from where to hike there and back). Hog 3 is a 5-hour hike (drive and hike there and back). Breathtaking views and a great workout. Carry 1 to 2 litres of water. Bring your dogs. No children under 11. Hikes start at 09h00 in the morning. Laurent will pick you up anywhere in the village. Bring your own snacks or order a picnic from The Touraco Table @ R100 per person. (options for • birding • braai • wine tasting)

GPS: -32.59954, 26.9233 | 15 Summerton Drive Hogsback 5721
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Contact: Laurent | cell: +27 83 568 8271 | email: info@touraco-hogsback.co.za

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21 Park Run ----- Active

@The Edge

Weekly, free for everyone. Parkrun events are 5k and take place on Saturday morning in parks and open spaces. Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.

GPS: -32.60109, 26.91707 | Waterfall Drive, Hogsback, 5721
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Contact: vannessa@mweb.co.za | cell: +27 82 784 8557 | email:

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22 The Edge ----- Active

• garden • wildlife • hiking trail • view points

  • Gardens - 15 acres of beautiful gardens filled with azaleas, rhododendrons, beeches, birches and liquid ambers and a rose garden.
  • Hiking trail - A lovely hike with beautiful views takes you through an area filled with proteas and you may be lucky enough to spot some rare indigenous orchids.
  • Edge of the cliff path: View-sites along the edge of the cliff are the perfect spots for sundowners and sunsets! Spectacular view points from the cliffs.
  • Wildlife - Many spieces of birds can be seen, such as Knysna Louries and the Cape Parrot. Birds of prey often enjoy the thermals off the cliff. The rare Samango monkeys and local baboons are occasional visitors.

GPS: -32.60318, 26.91546 | Bluff End, Hogsback, 5721
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landline: +27 45 962 1159

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