Top 10 Experiences for Couples to Enjoy in Hogsback

Found high in the Amatola Mountains, Hogsback is a magical little village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Here, nature lovers can immerse themselves in wild, untamed beauty; wander through mystical fairy forests; chase after waterfalls; and enjoy a truly stunning escape in the rich countryside.

Hogsback is an especially wonderful destination for couples. It oozes romance and adventure, making it perfect for lovers to discover together.

In this post, we look at the top ten experiences for couples to enjoy in Hogsback:

#1 Hike in Nature Together

For couples who love exploring and losing themselves in nature, Hogsback is a dream destination. Not only is the wildlife and natural beauty plentiful but the region also offers some incredible hikes and outdoor experiences.

All trails are marked with a little hog symbol and local tourism and nature bodies ask that visitors respect their surroundings and only leave footprints behind.

Some hiking trails weave through private property, while others run through the magical forest and plantation areas.

Walks and hikes vary in difficulty and length. Some are quick and easy (half an hour, for example) while others are longer and require a high fitness level.

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Address: Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

#2 Enjoy a Secluded, Romantic Getaway

Hogsback has so many delightful accommodation options for couples to enjoy. Whether you are after a cosy cottage, a romantic B&B or even a charming self-catering option, Hogsback has something for every kind of couple to enjoy.

One of the best places to stay in Hogsback though is undoubtedly The Edge Mountain Retreat. With a range of accommodation options, a delightful in-house restaurant and incredible views best savoured from the edge of the cliff that runs along the side of this property, The Edge is a magical nature retreat for couples if ever there was one.

Contact: +27 (082) 603 5246,


Address: The Edge Mountain Retreat, Bluff End, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

#3 Treat Yourselves at The Chocolate Shoppe

If you both have a sweet tooth, then Hogsback’s The Chocolate Shoppe is a must-visit. Found along main road Hogsback, this wonderful chocolate shop offers a wide range of sweet treats.

Best of all, they are constantly researching and improving their flavours and product offerings so quality is definitely assured.

Stop by for treats; enquire about chocolates for special occasions (like weddings and other celebrations); and enjoy visiting this adorable Hogsback gem.

The Chocolate Shoppe is open Tuesday – Saturday from 09:00 am – 16:00 pm and on Sundays from 09:00 am – 13:00 pm.

Contact: +27  (074) 721 4885,


Address: The Chocolate Shoppe, 3 Main Road, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

#4 Eat at The Edge Restaurant

The Edge Mountain Retreat

If you are looking for a cosy but beautiful restaurant, The Edge has a great in-house eatery.

This casual offering serves tasty homemade meals, catering to breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. They source most of their meat and produce locally as far as possible and the menu incorporates both vegetarian and vegan meals, so everyone is welcome here.

As an added bonus, the restaurant has a great selection of craft beers and wines that you can enjoy at their cosy bar, the perfect accompaniment to your delicious meal(s).

Contact: +27 (082) 603 5246,


Address: The Edge Mountain Retreat, Bluff End, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

#5 Discover the Famous Cliff Bath

Found at Away with the Fairies, this bath might just be one of the most famous and easily recognisable baths in South Africa – and for good reason!

If you haven’t seen a photo on social media or on a blog, then let us introduce you to the cliff bath. Situated quite literally on the edge of a cliff, this iconic bath is an unmissable Hogsback attraction.

Best of all? You can actually bath in it, although guests need to reserve a bath time! You do have to hike to the bath but it is so worth it. This is an especially romantic idea for couples – if you can fit!

Contact: +27 (045) 962 1031


Address: Away with the Fairies, 22 Hydrangea Lane, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Dana Toerien Photography via Away with the Fairies

#6 Go Mountain Biking

Hogsback is a haven for MTB trails so if that’s your favourite couples’ activity, you are in luck!

There are a number of routes and trails to choose from. You can book a guided tour through companies like Hogsback Adventures or go it alone with your partner.

Discover some incredible local trails with the one you love.

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Address: Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

#7 Get Lost in The Labyrinth Together

Visitors to Hogsback should also make a plan to check out the mesmerising labyrinth located at The Edge Mountain Retreat.

This eleven-circuit labyrinth, which was completed in 2002 and is inspired and modelled after a similar design to the Labyrinth in the Charters Cathedral in France, is a wonderful local attraction. It is one of the world’s longest labyrinths and a sight for sore eyes!

While you are there, why not also explore The Edge’s stunning gardens?

Contact: +27 (082) 603 5246,


Address: The Edge Mountain Retreat, Bluff End, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

The Edge Mountain Retreat

#8 Chase Waterfalls

Many visitors to Hogsback enjoy chasing after the region’s beautiful falls – and if you want to join them, here are some stunning local waterfalls to discover.

Two of the best falls to visit include Kettlespout Falls and Madonna and Child Falls.

For more information on the falls and how to access them, please contact a local tourism body.

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Address: Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

#9 Enjoy a Healing Horseback Ride

Horses have long been touted as having healing powers and for forming unique, special bonds with their riders. Whether you believe in this or not, there can be no doubt that horse rides can be soothing, stress-relieving experiences.

In Hogsback, local company Hogsback Horses for Healing offers incredible experiences including moonlit rides and the chance to brush down and bond with your steed.

Enjoy a romantic, yet tranquil horse ride together.

Contact: +27 (063) 241 2732,


Address: Hogsback Horses for Healing, River Running Guest Farm, 10 Winding Lane, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

#10 Dine at Touraco Table Restaurant

If you are seeking a little refinement in Hogsback, Touraco Table Restaurant offers amazing fine dining for guests to enjoy.

Situated on-site at Touraco, a local accommodation gem, this classy eatery is known and loved for its varied cuisine, authentic service and offerings and above all, magical setting. The terrace is perfect for enjoying light lunches and as you dine, you might be fortunate enough to see some turacos in flight!

As a bonus, the restaurant walls are also adorned with incredible art that adds to the overall experience and ambience in a big way!

Note: Booking is essential here.

Contact: +27 (083) 568 8271


Address: Touraco Hogsback, 15 Summerton Drive, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Touraco Hogsback

These are ten of the best experiences for couples in Hogsback. Are there any more you would add to this list?

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