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  • Beautiful forested setting in the Amatola mountains
  • Long-standing history, making it a local landmark
  • Country charm and elegance

Hogsback Inn

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

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-32.5957, 26.9402

About

Hogsback Inn was founded in the 1850s and was the first accommodation establishment in the Amatola mountains. As the small village of Hogsback has grown, so too has the inn, which now boasts a modern restaurant and ladies bar, a state-of-the-art kitchen and conferencing facilities.

Old-world charm has been retained by the English-style tavern situated in the heart of the Hogsback Inn and lit by warm fireplaces, while the elegant rooms reflect traditional country elegance. 

Located away from the hotel in tranquil surrounds, the individually-decorated Luxury Suites boast fittingly grand names such as Silver Birch, Maple, Chestnut, Grand Elm and French Oak, and have features ranging from four-poster to sleigh beds, large fireplaces, twin showers, deep baths and private patios. The rooms are fitted with modern amenities such as DSTV and electric blankets.

Retaining many of the original features, charm and character of the inn, the standard hotel rooms have either double or twin beds, with most able to accommodate a third person. The rooms are comfortably furnished, have DSTV and heaters, and open onto the gardens.

Fully-equipped self-catering cottages are centrally situated and close to all the facilities, which include a games room with surround sound movie theatre, video games and board games, and a swimming pool.

Walks in the area will reveal magnificent trees, streams and waterfalls, and autumn in particular brings a blaze of colour to the gardens and forests. Guests can settle down for a drink at the Yellowwood ladies bar before having a delicious meal in the restaurant overlooking the garden and stream. 

 

Rates & Summary


5 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
Suites overlook the gardens
En-suite bath and shower
Fireplaces
Bridal Suite has spa bath and twin shower

10 Standard Rooms

Either twin or double beds
En-suite bath and shower
3 rooms have additional single bed
2 self-catering units sleep 4 in 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom

1 self-catering unit

Sleeps 6
3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Pricing

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Catering

Full breakfast included
Self-catering guests can have meals at the restaurant for extra cost

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Only children over 10 years are allowed in Luxury Suites.
A nanny service is available.

Why Stay Here?

Hogsback Inn is beautifully situated amongst the trees in the Amatola mountains, and is one of the longest-standing establishments in the area. The hotel has kept the country charm and elegance that has made it a local landmark, while offering a variety of affordable accommodation options and facilities. Beautiful mountain walks and some of the most luxurious accommodation in the area are trademarks of this historic establishment.

Summary

  • Beautiful forested setting in the Amatola mountains
  • Long-standing history, making it a local landmark
  • Country charm and elegance

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The Inn is located 100 metres off the main tarred road and can be easily reached by all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Games room
  • Walking and hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Bird watching
  • Arts and crafts trails

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • 24 hour security

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Amathole & Frontier

Eastern Cape

About

The Amathole district encompasses the Amathole Mountain Escape, Frontier Country, Friendly N6, Sunshine Coast, Wild Coast and Gateway City tourist routes. These routes together cover most of the central Eastern Cape. Amathole means ‘the calves of the Drakensberg’ in isiXhosa. It is a region rich in splendid beauty and history.

There are incredibly varied landscapes, from mountains and forests to beaches, rivers and estuaries. Its dense forests of ancient indigenous trees are a haven for the endangered Cape parrot. The Albany thickets are also a distinct biome that is home to many endemic species.

Hogsback is the heart of the Amathole Mountain Escape, which stretches west to east from Adelaide to Stutterheim, through Katberg and Cathcart to the north of King Williams Town. The University of Fort Hare is situated in nearby Alice and is the alma mater of Nelson Mandela and many other notable South African leaders. Settlements in the region range from rural villages, township areas and settler towns, to large cities such as Port Elizabeth (Sunshine Coast) and East London (Gateway). The Amathole District’s 350 local heritage sites attest to the importance of this area as the meeting point of Khoi-San, amaXhosa, Boer and British cultures.

The Eastern Cape was originally the home of the San (or Bushman) people, who left their mark in the form of cave and rock art, before being displaced and assimilated by the pastoral Khoikhoi. Then, roughly 2 000 years ago, Nguni-speaking people moved to the area, assimilating some of the Khoi-San. The distinctive clicks of the Khoikhoi and San languages now distinguish isiXhosa from other Nguni languages. The Eastern Cape is now seen as the traditional home of the amaXhosa. The legacy of the Khoi-San lingers on in the Kieskamma, Kei and Tsitsikamma areas.

Jan van Riebeeck started his ‘service station’ at the Cape in 1652, from whence the Dutch settlers, or ‘Trekboers’, moved into the interior. Graaff-Reinet was initially a Trekboer settlement and was the first town in the Eastern Cape. Its magisterial district was proclaimed in 1786 and its magistrate’s court, the Drostdy (now a hotel), is the oldest building in the province.

Frontier Country is named for the 9 frontier wars that the Xhosa nation fought against the colonial forces between 1779 and 1878. Britain gained control of the Cape Colony in the early 19th century, and 4 000 British settlers landed at Algoa Bay in 1820. After finding that the Zuurveld on which they were settled was unsuitable for farming, many moved to Grahamstown, Salem and Bathhurst and pursued their old trades. They brought with them their religion and architecture. Pineapples, chicory, maize, dairy, beef, sheep and ostrich farming did prove successful in the long-term.

The death knell of the amaXhosa resistance of British expansion was unusual and tragic. The amaXhosa decimated their crops and cattle in accordance with the visions of a young woman called Nongqawuse, who promised the ancestors’ assistance in driving the British back into the sea. Instead it caused a famine which left the amaXhosa economically and militarily crippled.

Nongqawuse is buried just outside Alexandria. The pool in which she saw her vision is said to be near the Trennery's Hotel on the southern Wild Coast.

The Amathole district is also rich in sites of prehistoric importance. It was once home to the ‘Blinkwater Monster’, the colloquial name for the first fossilised dinosaur remains discovered in South Africa, near Fort Beaufort. The area also has a number of Early, Middle and Late Stone Age sites which indicate settlements of up to a million years old. Shell middens on the coast are often attributed to the Late Stone Age San ‘Strandlopers’ (Afrikaans: ‘beach walkers’).

Generally, the region’s weather is moderate, but its differing sea levels and rainfall areas make for variable weather conditions. In winter it often snows in the higher reaches, and in late summer temperatures may soar up into the 40s (Celsius). Visitors will enjoy the beautifully crisp, clean air due to the lack of heavy industry in much of the region.

Look out for

Game viewing: Frontier Country is one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa and has successfully converted around 80% of its farmland back into game farms. It’s malaria-free and is fast gaining popularity for its first-rate game viewing. Prime sites are the Greater Addo Elephant Park and the Shamwari Game Reserve (halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown). The latter hosts Kaya Lendaba, a traditional healing village. The Great Fish River Reserve is between Grahamstown, Fort Beaufort and the Kieskama River. There are also numerous private game reserves. 

Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve between Fort Beaufort and Adelaide affords visitors beautiful views of the Hogsback and Katberg Mountains. It offers excellent game viewing and birdwatching, horse riding, hiking, bass fishing, mountain climbing and rustic accommodation. There is also rock art at the nearby Mpofu Nature Reserve. 

Hiking: The Amathole Hiking Trail is a strenuous 6-day hike through the indigenous forest of the Amathole Mountains. The Alexandria Trail winds through the Woody Cape Nature Reserve and involves some gruelling dune walking in one of largest moving dune fields in the world. Port Elizabeth’s Sacramento Trail follows a series of ancient shipwrecks. 

Adventure activities include mountain biking, abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking, fly-fishing, 4x4 trails and camping. Fraser's Camp Adventures offer the first zipline tours in Frontier Country, over a forested gorge on the edge of the Fish River Valley. 

Alicedale’s 18-hole championship Bushman Sands Golf Course and Port Alfred’s Fish River Sun Country Club were designed by the South African golf champion, Gary Player. 

Museums – San, Khoi, Xhosa, Trekboer and Settler attire and history, and important prehistoric finds are displayed at the Albany Museums Complex in Grahamstown and the East London Museum. Fort Beaufort has an excellent museum at Keiskammahoek. King Williams Town, where Black Consciousness activist Steve Biko is buried, also boasts the renowned Amathole Museum. 

The district’s 4 heritage routes, named after Xhosa kings and heroes: Sandile, Maqoma, Phalo and Makana, encompass 350 local heritage sites. These include forts, mission stations, and graves of prophets, Xhosa kings and struggle heroes. There are numerous monuments and forts relating to the Anglo-Boer War which broke out in October 1899.

Explore Bedford’s arts and craft galleries and look out for its wonderful annual Garden Festival. Bathurst is also pleasant to visit on route to Port-Alfred. It has interesting historical sites, arts and craft galleries, and enjoyable restaurants. Enjoy Cathcart’s impressive San rock art, as well as its excellent fishing, hiking, horse riding and birdwatching. The University of Fort Hare in Alice has a celebrated African art collection.

East London's fossilised footprints in the Bats Cave on the Nahoon bluff corner are roughly 200 000 years old and are visible in the cave and at the East London Museum.

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