Hogsback, South Africa

SA Road trip part 1

Hogsback

If being surrounded by mountains and waterfalls is you’re thing then you definitely need to check out ‘Away with the fairies’ backpackers in Hogsback, South Africa. 

During our month long South African road trip, we went to so many different backpackers, each uniquely different and that’s why I’ll always love South Africa! South Africa is so huge that over the month we had to pick and choose where to stop off. We mainly stuck to the coast from Johannesburg down to Cape town so many of the backpackers had a surfers feel. However, we decided to head a bit inland to see this backpackers ( mainly due to it’s magical name ) and when we turned up it was beyond anything we could have imagined.

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The backpackers is surrounded by everything that screams nature. Mountains that seem to go on forever and no city life in sight. The backpackers itself has a very country feel with beautiful wood carvings. The whole environment had a very magical feel and was a pretty wonderful experience.

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Minutes walk from the backpackers is a beautiful ‘mini-hike’ to the not one but three waterfalls including the Madonna and child waterfall which you more or less have to yourself. During this walk you’ll pass water pools and one of the oldest/tallest trees around!

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Although the waterfall is beautiful, my favourite part about staying at Away with the fairies is the legendary bath tub. We literally woke up one day and washed in this bath looking on to a view over Auckland nature reserve. I’ve yet to find a better way to wash my hair.

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There is different trips you can do while staying here, however, there was so much to do which is free and wonderful, we didn’t end up doing much! However, we did end up going horse riding for my first ( and last time ). The guy that took us was Hogsback’s very own horse whisperer and had the horses running about on my very first time. L found it absolutely hilarious as I screamed for help literally hanging on the side. So yeah, horses you’re pretty but i’ll admire you from a far next time.

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The hostel offers food for every meal but by this point we had reached ‘beyond skint’ stage and were surviving on noodles purchased in Ethiopia but we did go a bit wild on the last night and splash out on one of the delicious homemade pizzas which i definitely recommend.

If you’re wanting a few days to feel magical and chill out, then Away with the fairies definitely offers that.

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For more information – http://www.awaywiththefairies.co.za/

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