Away with the Fairies Backpackers

Away with the Fairies Backpackers

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4.5
#1 of 3 hostels in Hogsback
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
Away with the Fairies is a backpacker hostel with one of the best views in the country from our garden. We have all sorts of accommodation ranging from En-suites to Self Catering cottage, doubles, twins, dorms and camping. The hiking trails through Auckland Nature reserve start and finish in our back garden. On the hikes you can see ancient forests and endless waterfalls. Our atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, with nature and views what we are all about.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Shuttle bus service
Outdoor fireplace
Laundry service
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Room features
Kitchenette
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Quaint

Location

24 Hydrangea Lane, Hogsback 5721 South Africa
Getting there
Car recommended
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Tanya Momberg wrote a review Jul 2023
Sandton, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A magical setting with breathtaking views and a bath to tempt you! The Smoothie Bar served delicious smoothies and sitting outside in front of the fire, listening to the live band and signing along was a great way to end the afternoon.
The only downside was the inflated price for the hand knitted, locally made mittens being sold in the shop, maybe it was because I was a visitor…R175 more than at the shop in Hogsback!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The shop is overpriced but definitely buy a smoothie!
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Kerry C wrote a review Jul 2021
Saint Francis Bay, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I visited Away with the Fairies yesterday after a short hike nearby. We were greeted by friendly staff and guests and cold craft beer which was great! We took a short walk to the new deck overlooking a huge valley with the hogsback mountains in the distance while enjoying the beer. We then ordered a take away pizza which was incredible! The base was made from stone ground flour, and was perfectly thin and tasty, the choice of toppings cover anything you could need, and everything was fresh and delicious! Highly recommended.

While we didn't stay at Away with the Fairies, I would consider them for our next visit to Hogsback for the warm welcome we received, the beautiful setting and great food!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bron wrote a review Aug 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had the most relaxed long weekend away with friends. The host Dan was so helpful and friendly and went out of his way for anything we asked. The views and hikes are breath takingly beautiful. The self catering rooms are well kitted and very comfy.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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kirstyscholtz wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a good stay at this establishment. My family and I stayed in the Hobbit Room which had everything we needed including a fire place to keep warm. The pizza and craft beer was really good . Bonga and Themba are really friendly and awesome . We couldn't fill the bath with water due to the drought but we could still take pictures. We will definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anél N wrote a review May 2023
Noordhoek, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You will find something special here. Whether it is the smell of their fresh linen, the fireplaces going throughout the day or the craft beer. Maybe it will be your favourite song playing on an LP. Whatever it is, you will want to be back soon.
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Joe Gee wrote a review Oct 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value for money, with cold beer and good pizzas. Run by an enthusiastic Englishman with friendly happy staff some of whom seem to smoke a bit too much wacky,
Lokanyo is without a doubt the happiest most affable man I have ever met.
He will brighten your day.
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Date of stay: October 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Chris K wrote a review Jan 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The peace and quiet that surrounds this place is unmatched anywhere. You are alone in the forest to enjoy the waterfalls. Lucky to have seen the cape parrot and multiple Knysna Turaco’s. Staff is friendly and helpful. Lots of Samango monkeys around which was amazing
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nicky wrote a review Jan 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Definitely worth the stay even if it’s just to utilize the “world famous bathtub with a view”. Roos was really cute and cozy with a fire ready and waiting as you arrive. When we arrived we were greeted with the friendliest hostess known to man. Amazing hiking trails start from the venue. Would recommend visiting.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Annemarie Mills wrote a review Dec 2019
Queenstown, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the backpackers before and after we did the 6 day Amatola hike. We pulled out earlier and decided to stay longer. We enjoyed the vibe - everyone was very friendly.
Pizzas and craft beer is a must!
The cliff bath was closed dud to the drought.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thomas R wrote a review Jan 2014
Dublin, Ireland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent two nights at this magical little place. Dan managed to capture the chilled, relaxed vibe that many hostels in the more bohemian bent places around the country strive for, minus the grime and unkemptness often associated with them. Our cottage (Frodo's) was wonderfully clean with a lovely laid out bed and good shower. Even though we didn't stay in the dorm, the kitchen was spotless as well, and the living room appeared well set up and is probably quite convivial in winter with an open fireplace and comfy couches.

The bar was very chilled out and well stocked, and Nombasa was always close by with a friendly smile offering to keep you topped up. We liked the fact that the wifi is only until 5pm - this meant people actually looked up for once and conversed with the real people around them at dinner, not the multitude of 'friends' out there in cyberspace.

The big draw card here is the absolutely amazing view out onto the valley from a cliff edge bath, and the shaded walk to several waterfalls, Madonna and child being by far the most impressive.

We ate in the hostel both nights, and had lovely meals, but it should be mentioned that the kitchen seems to work in a very much first order, first serve basis - both nights we ordered last of the bunch (through no fault of anyone but us) and ended up waiting for a good 90 mins for the food. This didn't bother us too much, as we ended up meeting some great people while waiting, but if you're hungry, make sure you order well before 19:30.

All in all a great place to stay, well off the beaten backpacker track and in one of the most magical places in the eastern cape - would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: January 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Daniel C, Owner at Away with the Fairies Backpackers
Responded 29 May 2014
Wow, thank you for the amazing review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The waiting time for food has dropped enormously now, so please come back and have seconds. Cheers Dan and The Fairies
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Answer from Daniel C
5 contributions6 helpful votes
Hi Inge, I am afraid not. We have a big Boerboel who is pretty territorial, when I say pretty I mean she is very. Nothing is much less atmospheric than a dog fight. I'm really sorry. Yours Dan
Answer from Miki K
Good morning, thank you for your questions. The bath is practically next to our view point, which is right here on our front lawn. There are many moderate hikes and even a light walk to 39 Steps waterfall. Looking forward to welcoming your group to Hogsback. Fairy Regards, Miki
Answer from Daniel C
5 contributions6 helpful votes
No problem at all. The bath with the incredible view is still going strong. You just need to let us know when you want to bath and we'll light the fire for you. We can organise mountain bike rental for you, also when you get here. Easy. Bridal Veil falls is the waterfall that we can hear from the backpackers. It is possible to walk to the top in about 15 minutes, or the bottom of the falls through the Auckland nature reserve, via The Big Tree and it takes about an hour. The Seymour Dam is nice bit not really worth the effort. The road to Seymour is all but undrivable, unless you are travelling by hovercraft. I hope this helps Dan.
Answer from Daniel C
5 contributions6 helpful votes
Hi there, Thanks so much for the enquiry. We have just completed a new braai area at our new viewpoint on the cliff edge. It has it's own waterfall and a staggering view of the indigenous forest and the 3 Hogsback Mountains. Not just any old braai area, that's for sure.
Ron V wrote a tip Mar 2024
Lusaka, Zambia15 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy the amazing campfires every night and take some musical instruments along to play by the fire"
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Tanya Momberg wrote a tip Jul 2023
Sandton, South Africa43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The shop is overpriced but definitely buy a smoothie!"
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Dean Lockearge wrote a tip Oct 2022
20 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Amazing local walks "
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992sydw wrote a tip Oct 2018
4 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dont go there."
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Elzabe D wrote a tip Jan 2018
Pretoria, South Africa36 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Straiders house can be quite with a lovely view."
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PRICE RANGE
R 359 - R 700 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeHogsback
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Away with the Fairies Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Away with the Fairies Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Hogsback Adventures (0.5 km), Hogsback Arboretum (1.1 km), and Crystal Corner (2.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Away with the Fairies Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Away with the Fairies Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Away with the Fairies Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Away with the Fairies Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Edge, The Lighthouse, and Happy Hogs.
Does Away with the Fairies Backpackers have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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