Back of the Moon
About Hogsback Heading

One's overwhelming sense of Hogsback is the quiet, broken only by the singing of birds or the primeval call of the Knysna Lourie - even the chatter of a troop of Samango monkeys as they feed and play in the canopies of trees. And when you do hear the sound of a motor vehicle you wonder who is coming to visit.

Spot the houses among the trees

This village, high up on the Amatola mountains and surrounded by centuries-old indigenous Afro-montane forests, has a dramatic natural beauty. Look towards the mountains and escarpment and you see several waterfalls.

In the other direction you can see the Tyume valley and beyond. Overlooking it all are the "three Hogs". From the top of Gaika's Kop (1 700m) you have a panoramic view: The Elandsberg mountains and the Seymor valley, even the coastline some 120km away as the crow flies.

The Hogsback Pass, from The Bluff
Cape Parrots

You are likely to see a long-crested eagle or crowned eagle riding the thermals, in search of its next meal. In the late afternoon you may be fortunate enough to hear - even see - a few of the highly endangered Cape Parrots returning home after a long day out, feeding. They nest in the Yellowwood trees in the indigenous forest.

Here you will also find magnificent gardens, full of indigenous plants as well as exotic plants from Australia, Europe, North America, the Himalayas, China and Japan. The gardens of Hogsback are an attraction that brings several gardening tour groups from as far as Cape Town and Johannesburg every year.

Snow-covered garden

And in winter you may find even the lower-lying parts of the village covered by a blanket of snow. A silent winter wonderland that seems far removed from the hot days and noisy thunderstorms of summer.

Hogsback is home to several accomplished artists, including painters, potters, poets, musicians, singers, and photographers. They, as well as many other active and retired professional and business people live a rich personal and community life here. There is an active garden club, book clubs, and a chamber music group. A number of parents on Hogsback home-school their children.

The Ecology Shrine
Hogsback Parkrun

The Hogsback Parkrun takes place on The Bluff in Hogsback every Saturday morning at 8 am. Start and end points are at The Edge.

Hogsback offers so much to those who want to break away from the rush of city life - walking, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, trout fishing, and mountain climbing. Or simply relaxing, enjoying a massage, or just enjoying a book.

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