Hogsback is a small town with a lot to offer. It’s very mystical. Regardless of whether you’re a spiritual or not, Hogsback will have you believing in the supernatural.
We spent three days on our trip to Hogsback, and in those three days, I did so much that when I left, I was beyond satisfied with what I have seen and done. Are you planning a trip to visit Hogsback? Here are a couple of things YOU MUST do and see in Hogsback:
Visit the Eco-shrine
The Eco-shrine is my most favorite part in all of Hogsback. It isn’t only beautiful and well constructed, but the meanings of the pictures drawn on it evoke thoughts and carry deep meanings. In addition to this, the lady who owns the place is very welcoming. It is tough to believe only two people built it. The owner of the site, Diana Graham, was very welcoming and friendly. She gave us a tour and explained each picture in detail, it was incredible.
Meditate at the Hogsback’s Labyrinth
The Hogsback’s Labyrinth is considered one of the largest labyrinths in the world. It is another place that will take you to a spiritual place. Also used as a wedding venue, the Labyrinth at the edge is also good for relaxation or just for meditation.
Enjoy the view at The Edge
After you’ve seen the Labyrinth and you just want to sit down and observe nature, then the Edge is the best place to be. We visited The Edge on our first day in Hogsback, we went the to watch the sunset. The sunset wasn’t that great there but the view from up there is beautiful. You can see villages and roads from the distances. It is so amazingly quite and beautiful that you just want to be there forever.
Watch the Sunset at the Amathole Mountains
On our first day in Hogsback, we tried to catch the sunset at the Edge, but it wasn’t at all that great because of the mountains. On the second day, we drove up the Amathole mountains to the top of pine tree forest. We might have done a little bit of trespassing (not recommended) to get the most of it, but the view was fantastic.
Explore the Big Tree Hiking Trail
This hiking trail will take you to the largest and perhaps the oldest tree in the Eastern Cape. The Big Tree is approximately 37 meters tall and is 800 years old. The are clear directional signs to the tree. There are also a lot of big trees, we saw a big tree and assumed it was thee tree, but we were wrong. The Big Tree has protective fencing, and a big sign with information about the tree is mounted in front of it.
View the villages from Kettle Spout Waterfall
If you love hiking as I do, then ending your hike at the Big Tree won’t be enough. We combined our Big Tree hike with the Kettle Spout Waterfall hike. There are plenty of breathtaking waterfalls along the way. The hike was challenging, with rocks, trees and a lot of challenging cliffs but once you reach the top and see the waterfall, it’s all worth it.
Enjoy The Bath
The Bath is situated at the Away With The Fairies Backpackers. We didn’t stay there, but the owner of the backpackers was kind enough to allow us to go and see the bath. It would make a fabulous bath if it weren’t rusty and old but we had the pleasure of getting in there and taking pictures… With our clothes on, of course.