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Indigenous Rainforest near Hogsback South Africa
The little village of Hogsback lies amid the peaceful Amatola Mountain area at a height of 1300 metres. One looks on to the "Three Hogs" - mountain tops resembling the bristly backs of wild hogs. The 1950 metre high Gaika's Kop offers stunning panoramic views of the imposing Elandsberg and the wide Seymour Valley. On a clear day one can even see the sea. The village itself is small, just a few houses, a shop, petrol station and some guest houses. Until recently it was believed that the great writer JRR Tolkien were born here. His epic novels "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" were thought to be inspired by the misty enchanted jungles around Hogsback. Tolkien was in fact born in Bloemfontein in the Free State and left South Africa while still a baby. But even without the Tolkien myth, Hogsback offers wonderful mountain forests and nature and is still an insiders' tip, popular particularly with South African nature lovers and hikers. 

The area of the Katberg in the west of the Amatola Range also has attractive mountain landscapes with some big patches of indigenous forest. It is a special experience to travel the rough, untarred pass road up to the Katberg Pass, 1700 metres high, past densely forested rocky slopes and picnic spots with breathtaking views.

Detailled information for visitors as well as hotels, guest house and other accommodation in the Amatola region:
Hogsback and Katberg Info + Accommodation

Photo top: Indigenous Rainforest near Hogsback.
Left top: "Madonna and Child" waterfall.
Left bottom: In the Katberg Region.
Shephard in the Katberg Region, South Africa

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