To ascend the Iron Crown is fairly straightforward. This peak is located in one of the most beautiful mountainous regions of South Africa. Near the town of Haenertsburg in Limpopo, it has become the most popular starting peak for the 9 Peaks Challenge. If you are doing the journey at leisure I'd recommend you consider hiking from the village. It is a much longer day out but the ascent is really beautiful. Information and more details can be obtained in the village.
No indemnity forms are needed and no fees have to be paid to summit Iron Crown. You can simply show up and hike. Please greet the fire watch if he is present. Do not tamper with any of the radio masts or other equipment on the peak. If you are taking on the 9 Peaks Challenge then the correct approach starts in the forestry section below the peak. The vehicle may not be driven to the top of the peak and must be left to within 200 meters of the following coordinates. 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.
23°59’56.6″ S 29°56’47.3″ E
To ascend De Berg is fairly straightforward. There is a good road leading all the way to the summit. The peak is located on private land owned by a Conservation Trust administrated by Northam Platinum near the town of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga. To arrange access you need to contact the challenge administrator at least 10 days in advance for the necessary permission. He will send you an indemnity form to sign and return at least one week prior to access.
For planning purposes it is important to note that access may often only be granted during daylight hours. The property owners and land manager may be flexible though, so feel free to suggest your plans when contacting the challenge administrator.
The property is monitored by on-site security. Please check in with the security personnel if requested to do so. The security will be aware of your access permission based on the date and approximate time arranged. Please send the challenge administrator a text message after you have left the property. Do not tamper with any of the radio masts or other equipment on the peak and avoid the residence on the property. If you are taking on the 9 Peaks Challenge then the correct approach starts at the gate as you leave the main road. The vehicle may not be driven to the top of the peak and must be left next to the gate (not in front of it) near the following coordinates. 25°14’17.5″ S 30°08’15.2″ E
25°12’33.7″ S 30°08’59.5″ E
To ascend this peak is again fairly straightforward but you will not be heading in the obvious direction. The exact location of this highest point has been discussed on forums many times and we are confident that with provincial boundary changes we now have the correct location again. There is a good road leading up the mountain but this is on private land so please drive slowly and carefully. The peak is located near Hekpoort in the Magaliesburg. To arrange access you need to contact the landowner at least 10 days in advance for the necessary permission. You can obtain the contact details from the challenge administrator.
Please send the landowner a thank you message after you have left or give him a call. Do not tamper with any of the radio masts or other equipment on the mountain if you happen to go in that direction. Please also avoid the private residence on the property as it may be visible to you as you drive up. If you are taking on the 9 Peaks Challenge then the correct approach starts from near the top of the cement road. The vehicle may not be driven or parked closer than 800 meters from the designated highest point.
25°50’57.8″ S 27°32’49.0″ E
Toringkop is most definitely the easiest of the 9 peaks. It is located in Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve in Gauteng. There is a good road leading up the mountain. You are inside a nature reserve so please observe all the rules. The vehicle may not be driven or parked closer than 400 meters from the designated highest point. Please take note of gate closing times and pay the required entrance fee to the reserve. Entrance to the reserve is only allowed until 4pm. Do not tamper with any of the radio masts or other equipment in the vicinity.
26°30’38.0″ S 28°13’46.7″ E
Namahadi is no walk in the park and proper planning is needed for this approach. The peak is located in the Drakensberg mountains near Phutaditjaba in the Free State. No prior access arrangements are needed but you will need to pay the toll and permit fees at the Sentinel Car Park. Photographic proof of your mountain rescue register entry and payment receipt may be requested. The road leading up the mountain is in a bad state so please be prepared. If you are planning to use a different approach this is allowed, but sufficient tracking data must always be provided.
28°46’14.1″ S 28°48’25.2″ E
Mafadi is not only the highest in KZN but also in the whole of South Africa. Therefore you can expect a decent challenge on this approach. The peak is located in the Drakensberg mountains near Injisuthi and Giants Castle. No prior access arrangements are needed but you will need to pay the permit fees.
The mountain rescue register must be completed and signed at the relevant KZN Wildlife office. Please take a clear photo of this to include with your supporting documents and details. These registers are usually available even if the office is closed. Any mountain pass may be used for the ascent and descent. For planning purposes please ensure you are familiar with the gate entry times, which differ depending on the season. It is advisable to phone ahead to announce your intentions. Always pay the required permit fees.
29°12’12.5″ S 29°21’30.7″ E
It is quite a drive to get to the village of Tabase. Kwaduma is very secluded and it will be sensible to inform others before you set out and more or less when you are planning to return. The approach starts in a very rural part of South Africa. It is absolutely beautiful but it is a big mountain ascent and not to be underestimated. You cross community lands mostly so please be friendly and respectful.
No prior access arrangements are needed. We advise that you park your vehicle at the Tabase police station for safety reasons. You may however drive up to the following coordinates. 30°30’41.5" S 28°16’25.0″ E A drop-off may be arranged at the police station if this forms part of your planning. Parking at the village school may also be used if this can be arranged prior to your arrival. Please remember to always be courteous to the people in the area and thank the police and others for any assistance. Please avoid private property in the village. It is advisable to call ahead to the police station. You can reach the station commander, Warant Officer Jijane, at 082 302 5175.
Please take note that in the past some safety concerns existed. There has been incidents with stray dogs both near the village as well as on the mountain. There has also been concerns around stock theft from the locals due to strangers wandering around at night. Please be aware of your surroundings.
30°28’00.1″ S 28°09’21.3″ E
This peak is located on private land between the towns of Middelburg and Nieu-Bethesda in the Eastern Cape. It is located near the very southern parts of the Northern Cape. 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 challenge administrator as well as the landowner. A map will be provided to assist with your planning here.
Please arrange access at least ten days in advance with the landowner. You can get her details from the challenge administrator who will also ask you to sign an indemnity form. Please always remember to be courteous and thank the landowner and her team afterwards. They have always been of great assistance.
Scroll down to view the map needed to plan your approach of this peak. It is the only way allowed and can be discussed in more detail with the landowner. If you click on the image it will expand. Right click on the expanded image to download.
Please download the indemnity form by clicking on the PDF icon below. Each participant needs to complete a form before returning it to the challenge administrator. First arrange access permission from the landowner prior to submitting the indemnity form.
31°41’36.0″ S 24°30’48.1″ E
This is a peak with a stunning view that you will have to work for. The climb is steep and the terrain challenging but the reward is worth it. The summit approach can be tricky so please be careful. You do cross private land on your way to the summit so please read the following carefully.
The peak 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 These points are also where your vehicle needs to be parked.
Please follow THIS LINK for a beautifully detailed website where you will find lots more information and guidelines. This is an invaluable resource compiled by Jan Viljoen. Contact must be established at least ten days in advance with Jan to give him an indication of your proposed dates and plans. His details can be obtained from the challenge administrator. If anything else is needed Jan will inform you accordingly. Once off the mountain please confirm with Jan that you are safe by means of a phone call or text message.