Hogsback is a small one-street town in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. It’s claimed to be J.R. Tolkien’s inspiration for The Lord of the Rings as he was born in South Africa and visited Hogsback in his early years. Who knows if this is true, but I can tell you that this place is truly magical. Get off the beaten path and explore this fascinating town and its surroundings!
Away With the Fairies Hostel
If you don’t stay at Away with the Fairies Hostel in Hogsback, you are making a terrible mistake. This is the place for the world’s famous bathtub (see the pictures below), the starting point for hiking trails, and the best place for meeting new people.
They have dorms, private rooms and also an option for camping. I stayed in a private room which was kind of isolated from the main building area. This was perfect for me because I really wanted to have some privacy and silence after spending the last few days hanging out with other people and sleeping in dorms.
The World Famous Bathtub
Before I traveled to Hogsback, the only thing I knew about the place, was this bathtub. I had seen some pictures on Instagram, and I knew that I had to visit this place. Where else in the world can you take a bath outside and have a view like this?!
Enjoy the Outdoors
Hogsback is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, and one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the place is hiking. There are plenty of different hiking trails that will take you through the forests, mountains, past the rivers and waterfalls. This is a perfect place to get inspired by nature and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
How to Get There
I was traveling by Baz Bus, and while they don’t go directly to Hogsback, you can catch Away with the Fairies Hostel’s shuttle from either East London or Chintsa. If the shuttle is not running on the day you want to go, you can take a City to City bus from East London to Alice and ask the hostel to pick you up from there.
Make sure to include Hogsback to your South African Itinerary!
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