Misty mountain-top magic for everybody

NESTLED on a plateau of the Amatola Mountains in the midst of a cool, prehistoric forest lies Hogsback, a small settler village with one main street and bursting with personality.

Hogsback residents form part of a close-knit community of environmental activists, tourism professionals, adventurers and creative craft makers. Hogsback has also become the region’s hippie metropolis, as people who’ve ascribed to the subculture’s lifestyle descend on the mountain-top town.

The King’s Lodge Hotel, formerly the Ambleside Hotel and Health Resort, was built in the ’60s, and is a prime wedding and conferencing venue in Hogsback.

Its restaurant provides home- cooked food for those guests who would like a break from cooking for themselves, with an incredible Friday night buffet and Sunday lunch.

He describes the PFM as promoting ethical use of the forests, adding in the same breath that the growth of eco-tourism holds great promise for the region.

This trip was hosted by the King’s Lodge Hotel. If you would like your establishment included in our travel section, please contact Andrew Stone at

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