Geography: The Amatola Mountain range is the backdrop to one of the Eastern Capeís most dramatic and scenic tourist routes. Stretching from Stutterheim in the west, almost to Adelaide in the east and to the north of King Williamís Town.
The heart of the route is undoubtedly the charming village of Hogsback, a mountain retreat replete with cascading waterfalls, streams, magical forests and swirling mists. It is easy to see why this area was the inspiration for JRR Tolkien when he created the magical world of The Hobbit.
The Eastern Capeís biggest tourism routes are the Wild Coast, Sunshine Coast, Frontier Country and Amathole Mountain Escape and when visiting the Amathole region, many exciting destinations await visitors including rivers, beaches, estuaries, nature reserves, rural landscapes and historic settler towns. Enjoy crisp mountain air, thick snow in winter, warm sunshine in summer and marvellous opportunities year round for the adventure traveller, thanks to great hiking and mountain biking trails, and climbing routes, abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking and 4x4 trails. Fly-fishing is also a very popular pastime with visitors. The Amatola Hiking Trail is a six-day hike through the indigenous forest of the Amatola Mountains.
The entire area is steeped in Xhosa history and there are numerous museums for the culturally-inclined to grasp a cultural and historical perspective of the region. A major Amathole attraction is East Londonís fossilised Nahoon footprints, dated at 200,000 years old. More African art can be seen at Nelson Mandelaís alma mater, the University of Fort Hare in Alice.