This was the final leg of the road trip Tiffany and I did earlier this year. From Montagu we travelled up the coast and eventually made it to Hogsback. Situated in the Amathole mountains Eastern Cape, this has to be one of the greatest places in South Africa.
If you spend some time talking to the locals of Hogsback, they will keep talking about the energy that the area has. At first I wasn’t quiet sure what exactly they were talking about, but after spending a few days exploring the area it really starts to make sense. The energy here will literally engulf you, and take your soul to its happy place. It’s no wonder they say J R R Tolkien’s “middle earth” was inspired by this place, its beauty has no end.
When walking through the forests you can really understand why people claim they have seen real fairies, parts of the forest have a truly magical feeling to them and you cant help but let your mind drift away into the natural wonderland.
We camped at Away With The Fairies which is a lovely old house that has been converted into a backpackers. We had access to fridges, hot showers, a kitchen and a nice cosy lounge to eat breakfast in every morning. I would say if going in winter, the actual backpackers may be the better option as it gets rather chilly in winter.
The forest is actually a Yellowood forest and is home to the endangered Cape Parrot. The numbers of this bird left in the wild is frightening… If you stand around the top of the forest near the backpackers in the evening the Cape Parrots fly overhead back to their nests in the forest.
On the last night I really wanted to get a photograph of Diana Graham’s Eco Shrine and practice some star photography. We had some serious time constraints but managed to get one good frame before we had to get back before the gate got locked at the backpackers.
Thanks for the opportunity Diana, Hopefully next time I can come spend more time and get some really cool shots.
And did I mention I managed to snag some genuine fairy photos! Check them out, They exist… Unedited proof!
And last but not least a shameless selfie from our 6 hour walk through the forest, good times.
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