9 Peaks Challenge

Jurgens Hanekom

9 Peaks Challenge

The 9 Peaks Challenge includes the summit of the highest peak in each of South Africa's provinces. The peaks are connected by road travel and makes for a beautiful adventure challenge and a unique way to explore the country.

The 9 Peaks Challenge is open to all and covers various categories to choose from. To compete for a Fastest Known Time in any category all the challenge rules apply. The clock starts at the foot of the first peak and stops on the summit of the last peak.

Alternatively you can set out to simply do it for fun and at your own pace, which is what most people do, in which case all the "common sense" rules will apply. Please be sure to accumulate proof as you go and to track your progress. If you can prove you've completed the challenge your name will be added to the Wall of Honour.

Start planning your journey today!

About the Challenge

The 9 Peaks Challenge was packaged and presented in its current format since the first solo non-stop journey was undertaken by Kobus Bresler during March 2011. He successfully completed the challenge after numerous mistakes, frustrations, scary moments and a great mini-adventure. The official 9 Peaks Challenge was born.

Kobus Bresler - Founder of the 9 Peaks Challenge

Kobus Bresler

Looking down Corner Pass, Central Drakensberg

Bruce Niland

The Rules

The 9 Peaks Challenge is a bit more complex than many other mountain adventures in that it crosses different sections of private land, and indeed most of South Africa. The challenge is divided into numerous categories, often with complex logistics. For these reasons a detailed set of rules are required to keep the challenge fair and transparent.

Running in front of the Trojan Wall, Injisuthi

Terence Vrugtman

Wall of Honour

The 9 Peaks Challenge is divided into seven categories. Each category has its own fastest known time.

The various categories are defined on the rules page.

In addition, all known successful completions that were not challenging a fastest known time are also listed as it becomes known.

I want to challenge the 9 peaks

  1. Decide whether you will challenge an FKT or have a more casual approach.

  2. Read all the info on the website.

  3. Formulate a draft plan with dates.

  4. Contact Kobus, the administrator to discuss.

  5. Finalise your plan and execute.

  6. Be safe and Have fun!

Looking up towards Seweweekspoort Peak, Western Cape

Jurgens Hanekom