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is located around 200km northeast from Port Elizabeth
in the Eastern Cape
region of South Africa
The southern section of this area lies at the foot of the Amatola Mountains and consists of hot, dry and relatively heavily populated farmlands. Here can be found Fort Hare University, the multi-racial establishment which claims Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe and Julius Nyerere as former pupils.
In the mountains to the north lies the settlement of Hogsback, a tidy colonial village, cool and well-watered compared with the land below, with lovely walks through forests and plantations, even the chance of snow in winter. But with no particularly enticing lodge options.
Even further north a couple of lodges service the N6 highway north from East London.
We are very rarely asked to include this area in trips. There are very few significant activities and most of the accommodation is aimed squarely at the backpacker and domestic markets.
The most common trip inclusion is when guests are connecting Kwa-Zulu Natal with the Western Cape and want to use the lesser trodden inland route through the Karoo, in which case Cavers Guest House
is a popular choice.