About Hogsback

Hogsback offers a peaceful retreat in the mountains and forests of the Amathole mist belt, where life is slower and richer. Enjoy the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku ("forest bathing") or more strenuous activities such as mountain biking, abseiling or trout fishing.

Draw closer to Nature with four distinct seasons and snow in the winter. Rare birds such as the Cape Parrot and the Touraco call these indigenous forests of yellow, black and red woods home, with some of the oldest trees in the world.

Legend has it that the village is also considered the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Tolkien himself was born in Bloemfontein in 1892 and left the country when he was 3 years old, never to return. However, his son, WWII veteran Christopher Tolkien served with the Royal Air Force in South Africa from 1943-1945 and is believed to have visited Hogsback during this period, sending back several pictures and maps. Christopher Tolkien also drew the original maps for his father's Lord of the Rings, which was written in stages between 1937-1949.

Wild Horses of Hogsback
Image: Justin du Toit

Autumn Sun in Forest

The Elandsberg Heart