Hogsback, a secluded hamlet high in the Amatola mountain range, is a hidden gem awaiting discovery.
Enveloped by an indigenous afromontane forest, this enchanting village exudes an irresistible air of mystique and magic, capable of soothing the spirit and revitalizing the soul. Countless beautiful hiking trails beckon intrepid explorers, unveiling breathtaking waterfalls and time-honoured trees. It proudly hosts the endangered Cape parrots and the vibrant Knysna Loerie, bestowing a rich tapestry of colours upon its surroundings. From its regal vistas to its awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets, Hogsback is an oasis of wonder, tranquillity, and serenity, offering a respite like no other.
Here are some places you can stay.
The magical Tepee experience
Escape to a simpler existence and replenish your soul with a one-of-a-kind retreat in the exquisite hand-crafted Teepees – FIRE, WATER, AIR & EARTH.
Unwind and embrace tranquillity within the gentle glow of candlelight, with a crackling fire at the foot of your bed. Whether you stay for a few days or an entire month, the accommodations will reconnect you with the enchantment that envelops us.
Each Teepee features a private bathroom and grants access to the communal kitchen in the main house.
Perched upon raised wooden decks, the Teepees boast an original Mexican Chimenea, creating an ambience of warmth and wonder. Snuggle into the king-size bed, relax on plush couches or armchairs and be enchanted by the fairy lights and candles that bestow additional magic after sundown.
Conveniently located just a short stroll away, each Teepee has its own private bathroom facility complete with a shower, toilet, and basin.
For those inspired to cook a hearty meal, the fully equipped Elements Kitchen awaits, a mere walk from the Teepees. The kitchen is the sole facility on the property with electricity. Alternatively, indulge in the elements and enjoy a braai at any of our fantastic firepits, stocked with wood for your convenience, while embracing the mountain’s enchanting atmosphere.
Each Teepee is equipped with a handheld solar-powered battery, which guests are responsible for charging during the day (by placing it in the sun). This battery powers the fairy lights in the Teepee and bathroom and also serves as a handy torch to guide your nocturnal wanderings around the property.
The farm it sits on spans 1.8 hectares of breathtaking mountain land, nestled among lush green trees and blooming bushes. Expect daily visits from captivating creatures such as the Cape Parrot, Knysna Lourie, Samango Monkeys, Chameleons, and even wandering cows, occasionally joining you for a peaceful respite on the lawn.
The Magical Teepee Experience boasts convenient proximity to Hogsback’s main attractions, situated within 2km of the Town Centre, grocery store, various restaurants, and markets. It serves as the perfect starting point for your hiking adventures.
You are welcome to utilize the fully equipped kitchen in the main house on the property, which includes a fridge, freezer, stove, oven, kettle, microwave, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, and everything you need to prepare a delicious meal. Ample wood is available free of charge for the fireplace or braai. A communal outdoor table space is also provided, allowing for convivial communal meals, should you desire.
Additional Information: Inside each Teepee, you will find a solar-powered battery block to charge cellphones and power the fairy lights. It is recommended to bring a headlamp for easy navigation to your private bathroom after sunset. Wood is provided at no extra cost – there are no refill charges.
Rates: A minimum stay of 2 days is required on weekends and public holidays. From Sunday to Thursday, you can experience the Teepees for a single night as well.
Out of season – R700 per night per Teepee In season – R1000 per night per Teepee.
Situated 30 minutes outside of Hogsback, the captivating Xhosa rural village of Elundini offers an idyllic escape from the beaten path.
Designed to provide guests with an authentic African experience, this community-based backpacker establishment boasts stunning views, delectable cuisine, and a cosy atmosphere. If you yearn to embark on a journey of sustainable living and immerse yourself in the heart of South Africa’s Xhosa land, Elundini beckons.
Accommodations at Elundini Backpackers include a variety of options. Guests can choose from a dormitory rondavel, two double/triple/4-sleeper rondavels, and a smaller double rondavel. These rooms are housed in traditional rondavels, providing warmth during winter and a cool respite in summer. Camping facilities are also available. It is important to note that the rondavels do not have electricity. However, they provide solar/paraffin lights, and a torch can prove handy. A central plug point is located in the main building for charging cell phones, laptops, and other devices.
Rates: Camping: R100 per person, Dorms: R165 per person, Doubles: R385, Triples: R550, 4-sleeper: R715.
While self-catering facilities are available, we extend an invitation to join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Kindly inform them before 4 pm on the day of arrival if you would like to partake in dinner upon your arrival. They always offer home-cooked meals for dinner, typically priced at around R95 per person.
Tel: 078 357 32 85
The Edge Mountain Retreat
The Edge Mountain Retreat, situated in Hogsback, is enveloped by awe-inspiring cliffs, breathtaking views, and lush indigenous forest, harmonizing with the pristine natural surroundings of Hogsback.
This retreat offers a diverse range of accommodation options suitable for individuals, families, and groups. Guests can choose from self-catering cottages, some perched on the edge of the cliff, or cosy bed-and-breakfast rooms, all nestled within 15 acres of stunning cool climate gardens. The retreat prides itself on providing guests with ample space, tranquillity, and a sense of rejuvenation.
From the edge of the cliff, which runs alongside the property, guests are treated to panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and a deep gorge adorned with untouched indigenous Afromontane forest. It’s not uncommon to witness captivating swirling mists and cloud formations, enhancing the ethereal allure of the landscape.
The Edge Mountain Retreat features a delightful on-site restaurant, where guests can savour delectable dishes, with an emphasis on locally grown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea-time treats are also available for those seeking a delightful indulgence. Furthermore, the retreat offers the enchanting Vula Vista Venue, a dedicated space perfect for hosting wedding receptions, conferences, workshops, and yoga retreats.
The retreat’s Chartres design Labyrinth, nestled within the garden, is a must-visit attraction and a renowned landmark in Hogsback. Its intricate paths beckon visitors to embark on a meditative journey of exploration and discovery.
The Edge Mountain Retreat provides a range of facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Complimentary Wi-Fi and DSTV are available to keep guests connected and entertained. A scenic labyrinth and a mountain-side viewpoint offer opportunities to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. For those seeking a venue for meetings or events, conferencing facilities are also provided. The retreat offers a combination of bed-and-breakfast rooms and self-catering cottages, catering to different preferences. Additionally, The Edge is pet-friendly, welcoming furry companions to partake in the experience. A shop is conveniently located on the premises, and the retreat’s wedding and conferencing facilities cater to special occasions and gatherings.
For guests seeking a self-catering experience, The Edge provides 20 charming cottages situated within the enchanting 15-acre garden. Five of these cottages are perched on the cliff’s edge, granting guests unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and the deep gorge. The remaining cottages are nestled in a serene garden setting, offering peace and tranquillity.
Whether guests opt for the cosy garden rooms or the self-catering cottages, The Edge Mountain Retreat in Hogsback promises an unforgettable experience immersed in nature’s splendour, providing a haven for relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration.
Tel: 082 603 5246
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