Iron Crown 2,126m Limpopo Province
Grid Reference: 23°59’57.5″ S 29°56’48.5″ E
Peak Rules: The vehicle may not be driven to the top of the peak and must be left near 24°00’44.0″ S 29°56’47.0″ E . If this is the challenge starting point the clock starts as you leave the vehicle.
Details: The most popular starting peak for the 9 Peaks Challenge. The Iron Crown overlooks the beautiful mountain village of Haenertsburg. No specific access arrangements are needed and for more information pop in at the bookstore in the village. This area forms part of a conservancy so please respect the land by adhering to conservation ethics. Leave your footprints only.
De Berg 2,331m Mpumalanga
Grid Reference: 25°12’33.5″ S 30°08’59.5″ E
Peak Rules: The vehicle may not be driven to the top of the peak and must be left at the gate near 25°14’17.5″ S 30°08’15.0″ E . Do not park in front of the gate as this will block access for other vehicles. Please arrange access permission at least two weeks in advance.
Details: Please arrange access permission at least two weeks in advance. For planning purposes it is important to note that access will only be granted from 7am to 5pm as per the owners instruction. Ask the site administrator for the owner, Hendrik's details to arrange permission. You will also need to sign an indemnity form. Once you are off the property safely please send a thank you text message to Hendrik or give him a call. The approach is not the most exciting but the view from the summit makes up for it. After leaving your vehicle at the gate make your way on foot to the top.
Seweweekspoort Peak 2,325m Western Cape
Grid Reference: 33°23’53.0″ S 21°22’04.0″ E
Peak Rules: May be approached from the north or south. If this is the challenge starting point the clock starts as you leave the old gate on the public road near 33°21’59.0″ S 21°21’54.0" E , when coming from the north. If starting from the south the clock starts from the parking near 33°27’24.5″ S 21°23’07.0″ E . Contact must be established at least two weeks in advance with Jan Viljoen to give him an indication of your proposed dates and plans. Once off the mountain please confirm with Jan that you are safe by means of a phone call or text message.
Details: The nearest town is Ladismith. The view from the summit is incredible and one of the best on this journey. The choice of approach will determine what access arrangements are needed. The routes all start on private land and lead onto government land. The higher sections of the mountain range is all protected land. Please adhere to all conservation ethics and rules. For more detailed information you can visit Jan Viljoen's informative website at this link where you will also find his details to inform him of your visit. Jan is without a doubt the expert in these parts. When you make contact with Jan he may have additional access requirements and people to contact. Please adhere to all his guidelines and plan accordingly.
Nooitgedacht 1,816m North West
Grid Reference: 25°50’54.5″ S 27°32’42.5″ E
Peak Rules: The vehicle may not be driven or parked closer than 400m from the designated highest point. Please arrange access permission at least two weeks in advance. You may need to sign an indemnity and an access fee normally applies at the owners discretion. Please remember to thank the land owner afterwards with a phone call or text message.
Details: This access takes you over private land and the necessary permissions must be arranged. You can contact the owner directly to arrange for access and to confirm your time and date of arrival. Please contact the site administrator for the correct contact details. Please pay any access fees in advance and respect the landowners rules and regulations. Do not tamper with the radio masts near the summit as this may lead to prosecution and restrict future access. Make sure you tag the correct point as it was changed after an unexplained provincial boundary shift.
Mafadi 3,451m Kwazulu-Natal
Grid Reference: 29°12’08.5″ S 29°21’26.0″ E
Peak Rules: The mountain rescue register must be completed and signed at the relevant KZN Wildlife office prior to starting out on foot. Please take a clear photo of your register entry to submit as part of the verification process. These registers are usually available even if the office is closed. Any mountain pass may be used for the ascent and descent.
Details: Mafadi is the highest and longest of all the peaks. It takes you onto the Drakensberg escarpment so leave prepared and take care. Please respect all access and mountain rules. Most challengers start from either Injisuthi or Giants Castle. This area forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and environmental preservation should always be top of mind. Please adhere to all conservation ethics and rules and always pay the relevant fees where applicable. For planning purposes please ensure you are familiar with the gate entry times, which differ depending on the season.
Toringkop 1,913m Gauteng
Grid Reference: 26°30’40.0″ S 28°13’46.5" E
Peak Rules: The vehicle may not be driven or parked closer than 400m from the designated highest point. Please take note of gate closing times and pay the required entrance fee to the reserve. At last contact the reserve confirmed gate times from 7am to 6pm. Final entrance is only allowed until 4pm.
Details: The highest point in Gauteng is located in the beautiful Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. Be sure to pay the entry fee and obtain the necessary permissions to access the peak. At times access is restricted due to breeding nests in the immediate vicinity. Do not enter the immediate area without permission.
Kwaduma 3,019m Eastern Cape
Grid Reference: 30°28’01.0″ S 28°09’22.0″ E
Peak Rules: We advise that the vehicle is parked at Tabase police station for safety. You may however drive up to or near grid reference 30°30’41.5" S 28°16’25.0″ E , either in your own vehicle or with a lift. Parking at the village school may also be used if this can be arranged.
Details: No special access arrangements need to be made. Please respect the inhabitants from the area and in Tabase village. This area is mainly traditional land. It is a good idea to announce your intentions at the police station in the village prior to leaving for the hills. Please remember to always be courteous to the people in the area and thank the police and others for any assistance.
Namahadi 3,291m Free State
Grid Reference: 28°46’14.5″ S 28°48’26.0″ E
Peak Rules: Namahadi may be approached from any direction. If accessing from the Sentinel Car Park always sign the mountain rescue register prior to leaving from the parking lot.
Details: If accessing via the Sentinel parking lot either the chain ladders or the gully may be used. The peak location used to be different until proof of a survey was produced in recent years, which confirmed the current coordinates as the highest.
Murch Point 2,156m Northern Cape
Grid Reference: 31°41’35.0″ S 24°30’47.0″ E
Peak Rules: This peak must only be approached on foot from the direction and across the property that we have permission for. You can discuss this in more detail with the site administrator as well as the land owners. Please arrange access permission at least two weeks in advance. When accessing the property a specific entrance must be used. You will then drive through the property to the Hikers Hut where you must leave your vehicle. From here you use a specific route to the summit and back. All information and a map is available from the site administrator or from the land owner, Lynette.
Details: Please arrange access at least two weeks in advance with Lynette. You can get her details from the site administrator. You may need to sign an indemnity and an access fee may apply. Please always remember to be courteous and thank Lynette and her team afterwards. They have always been of great assistance. This Karoo peak is beautiful and fairly straightforward to get to. You can also see the famous Compassberg from the summit. Your closest town is Nieu-Bethesda. It is important to note that not all landowners necessarily want challengers to cross their properties. Make sure you get the right permissions prior to setting out. Contact the site administrator for contact details.