Welcome to Hogsback
Artists, poets, alternative therapists and other like-minded folk have helped create an environmentally inclined community here – an easy sensibility to adopt with fabulous views of mountains and forested valleys. The town’s climate and history of green-fingered English settlers mean it’s blessed with gorgeous (though seasonal) market-garden estates. Expect occasional snowfall and freezing temperatures in winter. Locals will tell you that JRR Tolkien, who lived in Bloemfontein until he was three, visited Hogsback, sowing the seed of his fantastical novels. That is extremely unlikely, but the area may well have inspired him via his son Christopher, who came here while stationed in South Africa with the British Royal Air Force.