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Besides the stunning Hogsback mountain scenery, and besides hikes and walks, Hogsback has plenty outdoor activities to offer such as abseiling, bike hire as well as great shopping opportunites for rustic arts, crafts and pottery and numerous galleries.
And after all that walking when your muscles are aching, treat yourself to a massage or relax in the sauna at the spa.
In the evenings dine and enjoy drinks at one of the several cosy Hogsback restuarants and Hogsback pubs the village has to offer and take a leisurly stroll back to Lothlorien and enjoy the breathtaking view of the stars in the night sky.
Abseiling, Rafting & Paintballing
For the more adventurous:
Art Studios, Curios, Pottery & Shops
Many of these shops are found on the Plaatjieskraal Art & Craft TrailThe Voice of the Earth Eco-Shrine (5 mins walk)
Diana Graham built the Voices of the Earth Eco-Shrine to celebrate the
fact that we are an integral part of the earth and indeed the universe,
not its master or guardian.
General Store which stocks bread, milk, food, drinks, forgotten items such as toiletries, braai/BBQ packs, petrol and various other supplies.
Gifts and toys, Homemade jams, chutneys, sauces, Coolin water, cooldrinks, large variety of different foods, sweets etc. Hogsback clothing, beanies, scarves, jackets, peaks, hiking bags etc. Cushions and throws, cottage furniture, bean bags. Candle holders, candles, hand bags, and a very large variety of gifts. A shop not to be missed. Info on computer for all walks etc, free for all to use.
Imaginative, long-lasting candles, made in Hogsback. Come and visit us to view our unique everlasting candles.
Luyanda and Willie Mafika produce domestic ware and garden pots with a
growing collection of cultural crafts. This home-grown family business is
a Department of Arts & Culture project.
Geoff Powell brings together his carpentry and metalwork skills producing
art objects for the home.
Starways Pottery practices the art of flame fired pottery, perfecting
the rare skills of reduction firing. Starways Pottery produces luscious pots with flame
flashes and lustrous glaze effects on tall vases, large platters, tiny
ornaments and wall hangings. On the walls of his fascinating stone
textured forest studio he hangs his paintings in oils and water colour
depicting his "nature-plus" landscapes. Starways' Ceramic Jewellery and
herbal oils also available.
Treat yourself to a browse of the art on the walls.
There are over 100 species of birds to spot in the Hogsback area. The numerous habitats make the area a bird watcher's paradise. Some of the birds to look out for are the Cape Parrot, Crowned Eagle, Ground Woodpecker, Knysna Loerie and many more. Remember to bring your binoculars and a field guide.
Bushman Paintings Guided Tour & Replica Rock Art
Guided tours visiting Bushman painting sites within an hours drive of Hogsback will be available soon starting at around R350 for up to 4 people. For each additional person add R80. Please note that the tour guide will be travelling with you in your vehicle. The tour is only available for people with suitable 4x4 vehicles.
In Lothlorien Cottage we provide several family games to keep yourselves entertained in the evenings. Some of the games we provide are playing cards, Monopoly, puzzles, Chess, Backgammon, Drafts, Snakes & Ladders and other board games.
There is a bowling green at King's Lodge which may be used with permission. A greens fee may be charged. The local Hogsback Bowls Club meets every Tuesday at 14h00.
Lothlorien Cottage has a fantastic outdoor dining and braai/BBQ area which easily can seat 6 people. It is well lit at night using a switch in the cottage for alfresco dining under the stars.
Church Services / Weddings
One of the smallest churches in South Africa, Hogsback's famous chapel - the interdenominational St Patrick's-on-the-Hill is well worth a visit. Its charm makes it an ideal place to have a wedding or to recharge spiritually.
Wedding Accommodation in Hogsback / Hogsback Honeymoon
Hogsback also offers many stunning outdoor and indoor wedding venues both for the wedding ceremony itself as well as for the wedding reception. Be sure to refer your wedding guests to Lothlorien Cottage for Hogsback accommodation or even consider Lothlorien Cottage in Hogsback for your Hogsback honeymoon accommodation or as a base while preparing for your wedding in Hogsback or while looking for a Hogsback wedding venue.
There is no doctor available at the present time in Hogsback.
The Drumming Circle meets on Monday evenings between 18h00 and 19h30 at the Arminel Hotel.
Farming activities such as shearing, lambing, calving, Holistic farming practices etc. can be viewed at Lowestoffe (24km from Hogsback).
* Fishing in a dam located in Wolf Ridge Road. Please bring own equipment.
Drives & 4X4 TrailsSunset Drive
Treat yourself to a cruise past the Hogsback Dam due west into the sunset. In front of you are the breathtaking sunset effects over Seymour Valley of hills, and behind you the pink reflections on the Three Hogsbacks and Gaika's Kop. Suitable for normal cars.
Game Reserves & Wildlife
In Hogsback be sure to lookout for any Samango monkeys which swing through the trees. On the Lothlorien grounds they seem to generally appear during the mornings and late afternoons. These monkeys live at the southern limit of their range. Also lookout for wild hogs (we know of at least on resident on the Lothlorien grounds), but they can be difficult to spot. In Hogsback you may also see deer and buck on walks through the forest.
HorseridingLowestoffe (24km from Hogsback)
Trustworthy horses both for beginners and experienced riders
Come and experience one of the most exhilarating 2 hours you'll spend in a
long time. It is one of the best ways to view this magnificent land.
Offer horse riding by arrangement
Mountain & Rock Climbing
Hogsback provides some good opportunites for mountain and rock climbing enthusiasts.
Mountain Bike Hire
Bike trails include the Holy Cyprus Loop (8km), Deodar Loop (14km), Madonna Loop (22km) and the Complete Trail (28km). Maps available at The Edge or Hogsback Tourist Office.Arminel Hotel
Rent mountain bikes for around R20/hour and a refundable deposit is payable.
Rent mountain bikes. Bring own helmuts for bikes.
Nurseries & GardensMist Rising Nursery
Azaleas, trees and other unusual plants can be obtained from Etienne and
Lois Paroz's Nursery.
Experience the Beauty of Hogsback at Applegarth Gardens and Nursery! The
Gardens, established by Herbert and Mary Wilson in the early nineteen
forties, have matured into one of the finest temperate climate gardens in
South Africa. A range of frost-hardy plants is available in the nursery.
They are members of the Royal Horticultural Society. The optimum time to view the Gardens is early morning or late afternoon, i.e. in the cool of the day. The very rich bird life is also best seen at these times.
Reading & Library
Lothlorien cottage provides a collection of books and magazines that should suite most peoples reading needs. Otherwise be sure to browse through the village library if your stay is longer. The library is located at the Tourist Information Centre.
Workshops in Tension Free Singing are presented by Gwyneth Lloyd who has a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Stellenbosch on "Teaching Singing and Performing based on the F. M. Alexander Technique" on which subject she is now a world authority. She is certified as an Alexander Technique teacher, has an Honours Degree and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from a University College of London and a Licentiate in Singing Performing from the Royal Schools of Music.
Snow! Snow! Snow!
Need we say more? Well, with Lothlorien Cottage in Hogsback and the rest of the Hogsback village situated around 1300m above sea level, each Winter brings several snow falls. When it does snow, take advantage of it by building a snowman, throwing snow balls at each other or just having fun in the snow. Take a walk along the village road and admire the snow on the Hogsback peaks - a winter wonderland right here in South Africa.
Note that Lothlorien Cottage itself is located at a slightly higher altitude than the Hogsback village and may experience heavier snow falls than the village itself.
Spa & Hairdresser
Pamper and indulge yourself at the Hogsback Spa situated at the Hogsback Inn. Services offered include:
Sundowners (10 mins walk)
There is an easy walk along the Bluff (grassy field leading up to a cliff) with some stunning views of the valley several hundred metres below. The cliff's edge is an excellent place for a sundowner. If you look into the distance, you will see Gaika's Kop, the highest peak in the area that rises to 1963m.
Swimming pools can be used with permission at the following locations. Either ring or enquire at reception:
Tennis courts can be used with permission at the following locations. Either ring or enquire at reception:Arminel Hotel
Equipment is available although a refundable deposit is payable. Alternatively bring your own equipment. Tel: 043 743 3433.
Volleyball equipment is provided in Lothlorien Cottage. Feel free to set this up in the grounds well away from the cottage and windows. Please pack this equipment away before nghtfall.