Hogsback, South Africa
Hogsback is a quaint, friendly mountain town, on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a couple of hours west of the coast. It is said that the place was the inspiration for JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, but apparently that’s a bit controversial. Hasn’t stopped people from cashing in on it of course, with places like “hobbiton” scattered around the town etc. Which, incidentally is tiny. A couple of cafes, a pub and two convenience stores however plenty of accommodation options.
My accommodation comes highly recommended – it goes with the JRR Tolkein theme, so beautiful informal gardens and thatched roofs, wood fires very friendly people and the view that I woke up to was incredible! There’s also this outdoor bath you can use that looks out over the mountains.
Went hiking in for most of the day – so beautiful. Went with a new friend, Johanna from Poland and Flo, a dog belonging to the backpackers who we were told knew the trails. That she did. Flo guided us around and the three of us saw a few waterfalls, a huge tree which is about 800 years old and a red toadstool reminiscent of those you see children’s books with fairies dancing underneath. Fauna included a few deer around and monkeys in the trees. Monkeys! Something rather special about seeing monkeys everywhere. All was well until we hit a fork in the road, and it seems we took the wrong option and ended up in a little township. A township with several tiny but snarling and vicious looking dogs, who took one look at our beautiful, well mannered guide Flo and chased her away and that was the end of the guided walk. After that, a little worried about our guide’s welfare, we found our own way, which ended up going well if I do say so myself. Must be all of those orientation courses in year three. Maybe.
And the icing on the cake? Upon our arrival back, Flo was sitting out the front, waiting for us, with an expression asking us where we’d been.
If you haven’t clued into my thoughts yet, I think South Africa is incredible. Huge diversity of people & culture, animals, landscapes….for example, in a matter of few days, I’ve been on safari on dry plains, wandered around urban areas, paddled in a beach and today, hiking in the mountains. Such a picture of God’s inconceivable creation.
Psalm 104:24 What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.