Hogsback - Naturally incredible
Hogsback is famous for its beautiful forests, abundant waterfalls and picturesque mountains.
Hogsbackis a mountain village overlooking the 3 Hogsback Mountains, which are part of the Amatola Mountains. Away with the Fairies is at the lowest part of Hogsback, at an altitude of 1200m. Gaikas Kop is the highest point in the area, at 1963m.
The Auckland Nature Reserve which borders Away with the Fairies is one of only 2 grade 1 indigenous forests in South Africa. The reserve is pristine and has huge trees, such as Yellowwood, Iron Wood, Stink Wood and many, many others.
Wildlife is out of this world. Extremely rare species such as the Cape Parrot (only 500 left in the world), Knysna Lourie and Samango Monkeys are seen daily. Flora and Fauna is abundant. There are species of bamboo and butterfly which are only found on Hogsback’s mountains. All sorts of fungi and mushrooms add to the magical feeling. The presence of delicate mosses and Old Man’s Beard indicates extremely pure air, as only a small amount of pollution will kill them.
Waterfalls are prolific - Within the Amatola Mountains there is said to be more waterfalls per square km than anywhere else on earth. It is hard to argue the fact, with Hogsback alone having an enormous amount. In front of Away with the Fairies there is Swallow Tail falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the famous Madonna and Child. From our Viewpoint we can see Kettlespout falls, itself a natural phenomenon as in heavy winds the water flows backwards and causes a fine spray, much like the steam from a kettle’s spout.
Hogsbacks Origins - The name Hogsback was taken either from Captain Hogg of the British army based here in the 1880′s, or more likely, from the shape of the 3 mountains which overlook the village. These stunning looking mountains are topped by rocky ridges which resemble the bristles on a hog’s back.
The Tolkien Connection - With its gorgeous forests, waterfalls, flowers and mountains, Hogsback has an atmosphere of pure fantasy; and there are several place names derived from Tolkien’s books – Hobbiton-On-Hogsback and Bag End (the official name of the hostel’s property) to name a few. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, and his family reportedly visited Hogsback in the early 1900′s when he was a child. His nanny came from Hogsback and is said to have told him scary stories of the giant flying snake which, according to Xhosa legend, lives in the bowels of Hog Three Mountain and which, from time to time, manifests itself as a tornado. While serving in the RAF, Tolkien’s son Christopher was stationed in nearby Queenstown and visited Hogsback several times, sending back sketches and descriptions of the mountains and forests, which are more than likely to have contributed towards the J.R.R Tolkien fantasy creation, Middle Earth.
Hogs and Horses – The Picasso Connection - You are bound to meet a roadside Hog seller if you take a walk through the village. These unique, painted clay figurines have been made in Hogsback for many years to the same design. South African artist Walter Battis (creator of Fook Island) kept up a long correspondence with Pablo Picasso, and in the early 1960′s visited him, taking along some hogs & horses. Picasso is said to have been most impressed, asking, “How does an Etruscan horse end up in Africa?” and pronouncing them the most interesting artefacts to have come from the continent. If one looks at some of the artist’s work of the period, it is easy to believe that the Hogsback figurines had a strong influence on him.
All in all Hogsback is a fantasy world where raw nature meets art and creativity.
Tomorrow night we light the bonfire early and get ready to enjoy some LIVE music on the mountain by JahWorx, hosted by the Fairies! Event starts at 7.30pm
Hope there is a campsite available for the next two nights? Coming through tomorrow with some friends. :)
This Tuesday evening we have JahWorx LIVE at the Fairies! See our event page for all the details, and our delusional drink specials
How we like to welcome the weekend in here at the Fairies!!
Not to be missed! Go check our page https://m.facebook.com/Jahworx-806070632807876/
Monday morning traffic is out the way at least. A good week to all!
Amatola Trail video diary! Check out this super awesome video blog of the 6day 106km Amatola trail. THE TOUGHEST TRAIL IN SA Well done to all that completed the trail, its not for wussies. And thank you Carla for making the awesome video.
Thank you so much To Brian and Katie for entertaining us with quality music, company and friendship. We are very gratefull that you chose us as your spot to come and rock out at on the mountain. You will always be welcomed back with open arms... Make sure to check out his music and like his page Fairies, this guy ROCKS!!!!!! Thank you!!!!