Adventure Education at Hobbiton

A Memorable Outdoor Educational Experience

Established in in 1947 as an Outdoor Education Centre, Hobbiton-On-Hogsback offers youngsters from all walks of life a memorable outdoor educational experience.

Hobbiton was started in 1947 as an Outdoor Education Centre for disadvantaged children, especially orphans created by the 2nd World War. Since then our focus has remained faithful to disadvantaged children; however, due to financial constraints we now also offer education and development to children and adults from paying sectors of the community.

Hobbiton has full A.R.A. accreditation and therefore carries the responsibility for accidents, etc. Anywhere else that is not accredited is unlikely to be covered by adequate insurance and so at non-accredited centres it thus becomes the client's responsibility to pay for damages, hospitalization, medication, etc. See the ARA website for further details.

Camps for disadvantaged children

Hobbiton is a welfare organization operating out of Hogsback in the Amatola Mountains looking after disadvantaged children, especially from the Eastern Cape around East London, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Alice, Queenstown and King William's Town.

We provide the selected children with an insight into a different lifestyle, removed from the squalor of the townships, the violence and degradation of their normal background. At Hobbiton they are exposed to the beauty of the Hogsback mountains, forests and waterfalls whilst participating in all that we have to offer.

During the camps the children are taught life skills such as social interaction in the form of Team Building, as well as personal development skills that might enable them to become leaders. As a core philosophy, all activities offered at Hobbiton must be voluntary and fun!

We not only provide the activities but also the transport to and from the towns in which these children live as well as clothing, toiletries, Christmas presents and more food than they can eat.

Long term Volunteering Options

Hobbiton is interested in the furthering of our youth and would like to offer the opportunity to persons within the ages of 18 -30 to become Volunteer Instructors for a period of 5 to 12 months. This entails working with children and being trained on all of Hobbiton's facilities. During our quieter seasons they will also help with maintenance of equipment, painting of signs, etc.


Hobbiton offers high and low impact courses, the first session of which can be conducted at your place of work. We will gladly fax a list of possible activities to you. Corporate bookings can choose the luxury option, involving accommodation and food at the Arminel Hotel and activities at Hobbiton, or the cheaper and more basic accommodation and food option offered at Hobbiton itself.

The activities offered include White Water Rafting, Paint Ball based activities, Abseiling Madonna & Child Waterfall (35 m), Jacob's Ladder (10 m), Trapeze (7 m) and our internationally acclaimed Group Dynamics and High Ropes Courses. Although we specialize in Team Building and Leadership courses, we also help facilitate Goal Setting and Strategic Planning and Courses and can organize a motivational speaker. We can also arrange conference facilities.

Schools and Churches

Hobbiton offers schools and church bookings courses in Leadership Development, Environmental Education, Team Building and Adventure training, as well as providing them with an opportunity to experience the very best of Hogsback.

For more information

Please do contact us if you want more information about helping at Hobbiton, or if you just want to find out more about booking and what Hobbiton has to offer

Hobbiton on Hogsback

Wolfridge Road,
5721 Hogsback

Tel: 045 962 1193