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Away with the Fairies Backpackers

24 Hydrangea Lane, Hogsback, 5721, South Africa

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Shuttle: Booking Essential - We run a shuttle every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday departing from East London (R150 per person each way) and Chintsa (R180 ppew) between 11am and 1pm. Please note we only meet the PE to Durban Baz Bus, not the other direction as it arrives too late. BOOKING ESSENTIAL A well established hostel set on the edge of the indigenous forests offering sporting activities, partying and relaxing views.

  • Dorm
    From $12.08
  • Private
    From $30.19
10 or more people?

Hogsback Hostel

Hostel Hogsback

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Experience the inspiration behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” and visit South Africa’s very own mystical fairytale land. This perfectly located and very relaxed backpackers commands a stunning view of the Hogsback mountains, part of the Amatola range in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. It’s an ideal place to kick back and relax, or wander through the forest to the nearby waterfalls with beautiful hiking trails starting in the back garden.

Perched on the edge of a cliff, The “Fairies” commands the best views of the Hogsback Mountains and indigenous forests in the area.

We offer accommodation to suit almost every need, from En-suite Cottages to dorms and camping.

Striders Cottage, which sleeps 14 people in en-suite rooms, is on the adjoining property and is ideal for groups.

The Wizard’s Sleeve is our lively bar and we also offer breakfasts and pizzas.

We also have the worlds scariest tree-house, a swimming pool and a bath tub perched on the edge of our cliff, next to the abseiling all with staggering views.
We offer some of the best Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing in South Africa.

Away with the Fairies runs on solar heated water and we recycle all we can, to keep the earth and Hogsback green and clean!


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 08:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 20:00
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 21:00
From 14:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +27 45 9621031

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Auckland Nature Reserve (At or next to the hostel)
  • Waterfalls (500m to 1km)
  • Bath (At or next to the hostel)

See the full list of attractions



un endroit calme non loin de la rue principale,où les hébergements surplombent la vallée.


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Mon 11 Nov 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (3 to 5km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (500m - 1km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Our daily shuttle can collect you from East London between 11 and 12. Please phone to book your seat. Rate is R150 per person.
Take the City to City Bus from The Windmill in East London (R120pp). Departs daily at 13:10. Please call us before boarding your bus so that we can arrange to collect you from Alice at 14:55. Rate is R25 per person.
Safe off-street parking
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Abseiling
  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Walking / Hiking

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