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Best route from Underburg to Hogsback

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10 Oct 2013 @ 07:29:54 am
Louisw
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We will be travelling from Underburg to Hogsback in December. Any suggestions on the most scenic route to choose, bearing in mind that we need to cover the distrance in one day? Regards Louis
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10 Oct 2013 @ 11:28:08 am
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You will go from Underburg to Kokstad - to Butterworth - to Komga - to Kings Williams Town

Then follow the directions "From King Williams Town".

It is a beautiful area. We have camped in the caravan park there - Swallowtail - nice park. Hogsback is a quaint little town.

Travel Directions to Hogsback

From Fort Beaufort (which is on the R63 and R67):
  • Travel East on the R63, through Alice towards King William's Town
  • 4 km after Alice, turn left onto the R345, signposted "Cathcart via Hogsback".
  • Travel approximately 30 km to Hogsback.
From King William's Town (which is on the N2 and R63):
  • Travel West on the R63, towards Alice
  • After approximately 60 km (4 km before Alice)  turn right onto the R345, signposted "Cathcart via Hogsback".
  • Travel approximately 30 km to Hogsback.
From Queenstown (which is on the N6 and R67) via Fort Beaufort (190 km, all tarred):
  • Travel South on the R67 to Fort Beaufort via Whittlesea
  • Travel through Fort Beaufort and Alice on the R63, towards King William's Town
  • 4 km after Alice, turn left onto the R345, signposted "Cathcart via Hogsback".
  • Travel approximately 30 km to Hogsback.
From Queenstown (which is on the N6 and R67) via Whittlesea (95 km, of which 63 km is tarred):
  • Travel South on the R67 towards Fort Beaufort via Whittlesea
  • After approximately 61 km (1 km after signpost "Seymour 30 km") turn left towards Cathcart
  • After approximately 2 km, turn right onto a dirt road signposted Hogsback
  • After 13 km, at a T-junction, turn right onto the R345 (dirt road) signposted Hogsback
  • After approximately 8 km the road forks - left to Happy Valley, right to Hogsback. Take the fork to the right.
  • After approximately 7 km turn left into Hogsback village. (Carrying on at this point would take you down Michell's Pass to Seymour - not recommended.)
From Queenstown (which is on the N6 and R67) to Seymour and then directly to Hogsback via Michell's Pass:
  • Thie route from Seymour to Hogsback (Michell's Pass) is definitely not recommended.
Regards.
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10 Oct 2013 @ 12:16:59 pm
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The most scenic route is Kokstad to Matatiele, Maclear, Elliot,Cala, Queenstown. If towing a caravan is along haul in one day.
Enjoy.
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10 Oct 2013 @ 13:13:48 pm
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Hi Graham.

We towed the route from Pietermaritzburg - Underberg - Kokstad, Mthata - East London three to four times a year. It always took us a good 8 - 10 hours. At least 600km. Except for KZN Ezemvelo Mount Currie Nature Reserve camp site at Kokstad, there IS NO stop over. One Way - Pietermaritzburg - East London, or visa versa! You get used to it eventually!

I have never done the route via Matatiele - never had a reason to.

Regards.
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10 Oct 2013 @ 14:26:47 pm
Wilbury
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Hi Louis.

There is also a nice camping stop just outside Kokstad (9km) called Stoneybrook Farm (see www. stoneybrook.co.za). We have twice stayed there. The camping site is just the other side of a small airstrip alongside a river - very pretty and from recollection reasonably priced. There is also a restaraunt there which serves hearty fare.

I agree with Willie's top 3 suggested routes, but would avoid the road between Hogsback and Cathcart. The untarred portion of it (travelled in March this year) was terrible, but things may be better now. I suggest that whatever route you take, approach from the South via Alice.

Another recommendation just outside Elliot is Intaba Lodge. (See www.intabalodge.co.za). Although not advertised, they have about 4 or 5 electrified stands between 2 small dams with fairly good ablutions.

I also recommend Swallowtail, although when we stayed there in September last year, the owners ( a lovely couple) were looking to sell. It seems that it is still going strong though - www.swallowtail.co.za.

I hope this helps.

Cheers

Mike

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10 Oct 2013 @ 16:54:23 pm
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Hi The Boring Camper,
If you ever get the chance give the Matatiele/Elliot route a try, very
scenic and relaxing drive very little traffic,also very good road.
As with the Kokstad/East London route stop overs are a problem
Best wishes
Graham
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10 Oct 2013 @ 20:44:47 pm
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Louis welcome to the forum - you have plenty of advice on your route.

 

Would be nice if you could give some feeedback once you have made the trip

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15 Oct 2013 @ 13:26:58 pm
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We used the dirt road from Cathcard to Hogsback a year ago and it was not a pleasant trip. The road had quite large rocks with sharp edges. Lost a tire on that road.
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15 Oct 2013 @ 21:21:31 pm
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Agree with Graham - his info is spot-on. I have also used that route while towing, it is scenic and enjoyable.
Cowen.
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