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Gaika's Kop (Left) and Hogsback (Right) are two prominent landmarks in the Amathole Mountain Range.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The earliest known written reference to 'Hogsback' was found in the journal of the painter Thomas Baines, who passed the 'Hogs Back' while on his travels deeper inside South Africa in 1848. Besides the 'Hogsback', the highest peak in the area is the 1 954 m Gaika's Kop.

The nearby Xhosa tribes called the surrounding area Qabimbola (meaning 'red clay on the face') as the surrounding clay was used for face painting. Gaika's Kop was one of the Xhosa strongholds.....

.... The area is known for indigenous forests, waterfalls and trout fishing. The large gardens in the surrounding area also include exotic plants from all parts of the Earth, and it is a popular destination and tourist attraction among both International and South African tourists. (I say in my intro that the Eastern Cape is beautiful country)....

.... The Amathole Forest in the Hogsback area is often claimed as JRR Tolkien's (who was born in South Africa) inspiration for The Lord of the Rings, in particular for his fictional forest of Mirkwood." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogsback,_Eastern_Cape

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  • Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 253 W: 17 N: 452] (2109)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-04-25
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-11 9:33
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