What to Do and See in Hogsback
Hogsback allows the visitor to experience a rich variety of activities. And, of course, the opportunity simply to forget the rat-race for a while and chill out in the most beautiful and tranquil of environments.
On this page we list a number of possibilities. For more information, contact the establishment in question, or ask at the Hogsback Tourist Information Centre or Maylodge Reception.
Amathole Horse Trails
Take a ride on the paths less travelled through the
beautiful Amathole mountains and Hogsback forests.
We practise natural horsemanship and believe in forming trusting partnerships and with our friendly well-trained, easy to ride horses.
Contact Amathole Horse Trails at Terra-Khaya on +27 82 897 7503 or +27 72 615 7899
Applegarth Gardens and Nursery
The Gardens are approximately 4 ha in extent, and the owners justifiably take great pride in them. They personally take visitors on a comprehensive tour, pointing out the many different plants and trees - both indigenous and exotic.
Visits to Applegarth Gardens and Nursery are by arrangement. Please contact the owners. Tel: 045 962 1228 or 079 496 3076
Birding in Hogsback
The bird life in Hogsback and surrounding areas is very interesting and varied. The seasons are well represented with the different migrants coming and leaving, and some birds leaving the forests for the gardens and vice versa.
Guided birding walks with Dr Kate Carstens or Cassie Carstens can be arranged. See Guided Birding Walks elsewhere on this page.
The Chocolate Shoppe
Visit The Chocolate Shoppe in the Main Road of Hogsback and treat yourself to a variety of locally handmade Belgian chocolates.
Your Chocolatier: Candy 074 721 4885
The Eco-Shrine by Diana Graham
Visit this outdoor ecological art installation set in breath-taking surroundings. Diana gives visitors a guided tour of the Eco-Shrine and her adjacent studio, where paintings and photo prints are for sale.
Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays; Public Holidays; Daily during school holidays. Hours: 9.30 am - 3.30 pm.
Contact Diana Graham 045 962 1136 or 083 697 1140
The Edge - Activities
The Edge invites you to walk the labyrinth, or amble through the garden.
Contact The Edge Tel: 045 962 1159
Guided Birding Walks
Two-hour guided birding walks are offered by two ornithologists in Hogsback: Dr Kate Carstens, Project Manager of the Cape Parrot project and Cassie Carstens, Research Manager of the Cape Parrot Project.
Bookings or enquiries: Please contact Kate on 072 0770 214 or Cassie on 082 716 8240.
Hobbiton On Hogsback
Hobbiton was started in 1947 as an Outdoor Education Centre for disadvantaged children. To support this focus financially, we now also provide education and development to children and adults from paying sectors of the community.
Contact Hobbiton on 045 962 1193
We offer bicycle rental, abseiling, archery and combo tours. Enjoy the beauty of Hogsback the active way!
Contact Janice Tel: 074 275 2667
Hogsback is all about the outdoors and a great way to experience Hogsback is to challenge yourself and your vehicle along the Hogsback 4x4 Trail. This is a public self-drive offroad trail which heads up and east behind the Hogsback Mountains toward Keiskammahoek.
Contact Oscar Miles.
Hogsback Garden Club
The Hogsback Garden Club was founded in 1981 to further the interests of all forms of gardening at Hogsback and to facilitate arrangements for visits to Hogsback gardens by other garden clubs or interested individuals.
Hogsback Garden Club extends a warm invitation to you and your group to visit our beautiful Spring Gardens in September and October every year.
Hogsback Hikes and Walks
One of the best ways to experience the beauty, the silence and the restfulness of Hogsback is on foot. There are scores of hiking routes and walks that will take you through the forests, up the mountains, past the waterfalls, and to the spectacular views.
Maps and trail descriptions are available from Reception at Maylodge, and from the Hogsback Tourist Information Centre.
Parkrun consists of safe, timed 5km runs (and walks) in pleasant surroundings, on a weekly basis. Participation is free, and open to everyone. The Hogsback Parkrun takes place on The Bluff in Hogsback, starting at The Edge at 8.00am every Saturday.
For more information, visit the Parkrun Website or Facebook page.
Lowestoffe - Guided Horse Rides
Lowestoffe takes you on two-hour guided horse rides, using trustworthy horses both for beginners and experienced riders. Riders have the freedom of 5 500 hectares of farm land - along the river, up the mountains, or simply across the rolling veld. Several species of game can be seen from close range.
Contact Robyn Conroy or Neil Evens at Lowestoffe. Tel: 045 843 1716 or 083 654 5935
Mirrors Photo Gallery & Crystal Corner
Mirrors Photo Gallery is dedicated to capturing photographic images of Hogsback throughout the year. Choose from a range of Crystals, Clusters, Tumbles and Geodes at the Crystal Corner.
Contact Ken Harvey. Tel: 045 962 1331 or Mobile: 076 147 7345
Starways Art Centre
Visit Starways Pottery at the top of a quaint hill in a secluded pine forest and see how the romance of fire lives in the lives of the potters and artists who work there.
Contact Gwyneth Lloyd at Starways. Tel: 045 962 1174 or 045 962 1344; Mobile: 082 928 577