Hogsback - Rambling Country

Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
Trip End Jun 27, 2009

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Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Known by the locals as 'A little slice of England', Hogsback lies inland, set in a forest. Our hostel, 'Away with the Fairies' is inspired by the works of Tolkien and it's not hard to see why. The tiny cottages are quaint, odd little buildings with tiny rooms accessed through tiny doors. Ours is called 'The Hobbit'. At the bottom of the garden there's a viewing point that is absolutely priceless, the staff are very proud of it. It's well worth edging along a foot-wide rock on the edge of a 100 metre sheer drop for. Strangely enough there's a bath sat there looking out on the valley which somebody has to plumb in, it seriously could lay claim to being the best bath in the world. The view stretches for miles over forests, lakes, mountains and townships. It's stunning.

As Charlotte and I are newly keen hikers we set off on a three hour hike into the valley to explore the waterfalls of the area. Hogsback is a well hidden beauty spot, slightly off the beaten-track of the coast. The swimming hole looked inviting but not worth exposing my partially-tanned  body  to passing ramblers for (no one wants to see me wading around in a murky pool in my boxers). The Madonna and Child Waterfall was beautiful, the water cascades and sprays off the rockface, glistening in the sunlight, very nice indeed. I wanted to stay there forever, only because we now had to climb back up the valley, very tiring in the midday sun.

Back at the hostel we are greeted by the six dogs and two stoners behind the bar. The dogs are extremely friendly considering most are rescued from abusive backgrounds, I have called my favourite, 'Dogbert'. Hogsback and especially AWTF are well worth straying away from the Bazbus route for. South Africa's towns and villages are what the country is all about (but I am looking forward to Durban).
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