Hiking and mountain climbing in Hogsback

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Hiking in Hogsback

Since Hogsback is mostly an outdoor experience, there are some beautiful hiking trails in the indigenous forest with its waterfalls and clear streams. These trails vary from  short walks to  trails taking 3-4 hours and longer. 



Madonna & Child waterfall


Hogsback mountains beg to be conquered!


Please help us preserve and maintain our beautiful forests by paying your Hiking Trail Maintenance and Forest Conservation contribution at the Visitors' Information Centre. Only R10 per person over

 the age of 16, for the duration of your stay.

 Some of the hiking trails

**Grading of hiking trails

1. An easy stroll.                                                A. No exposure to heights

2. Tiring.                                                             B. Some mild rock scrambling

3. Strenuous                                                       C. Moderately exposed

4. Exhausting & only for the very fit                D. Very exposed


39 Steps Falls and Arboretum (15 mins)   (1A)

This easy stroll starts in Oak Avenue (opposite Redcoat Lane) and takes you through the Arboretum and on to the 39 Steps waterfall. The Arboretum is a garden of trees from all over the world, and includes several Californian Redwood trees, now well over 100 years old. Trees have markers showing their botanical and common names.

 Madonna and Child Falls (2B)

Madonna and Child falls can be reached via a moderately steep downhill walk from Wolf Ridge Road (4 km down Wolfridge Rd from the Main Road turn off.) - or by a longer route from Main Road, via the Big Tree (an 800-year old Yellow wood) . This  route takes you through the indigenous Tyumie forest and  includes the Swallow Tail falls and the Bridal Veil falls 

Swallow tail top from Wolfridge road  (1A)

Kettlespout Falls

Kettlespout Falls can be reached via several alternative starting points and routes, depending how long you want the walk to be. Kettlespout top path  (1B), Kettlespout to Tyumie falls & down (3C)

Under the right conditions - good flow of water, with the wind blowing strongly in the right direction - the water is blown as much as 5 meters upwards before coming down in a spray of mist. A spectacular sight.

 The Circular route  1B, the Contour path  to Tor Doone, and Fort Michel  (with a beautiful view from the top of Tor Doone) (2B)  start in the Arboretum opposite Redcoat Lane 

The Three Hogs

For a breathtaking view, climb the Hogsback mountains.

Hog 1 Amatola section (4D)   

Gaika's Kop (3C)

Tyumy Pools walk.

A lovely walk  next to the Tyumy River with a spectacular view when you reach the top.

 The Three Waterfall trail.

Starting about 15 km outside Hogsback, this trail is more than worthwhile for the more adventurous hiker.  

Bluff hiking trail.  Fairly easy, in the forest up to Eco-Shrine, moderately exposed up to The Bluff.

 Military path (2B)

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