This hike is located within the Mountain Zebra National Park but for someone who enjoys a stiff hike, spectacular vistas, and is interested in Anglo-Boer War artifacts it is of special interest and a worthy excursion in its own right.
Saltpeterkop is a free-standing mountain which dominates the countryside for miles around. It is not an easy walk and requires a reasonable level of fitness. It is a hike through attractive veld and the reward at the top is a magnificent view in all directions.
This outlook was what caused the mountain to be occupied as a lookout post by British troops during the Anglo-Boer War. With time to kill, men of the Lancashire Fusiliers engraved a chess board on a convenient rock as well as leaving some of their names.
Saltpeterkop hikes are organised by the park and bookings can be made through Mountain Zebra National Park reception at 048 881 2427 or 048 881 3434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All bookings to be confirmed at reception before 18:00 on the day before the hike;
- Please report to reception 15 minutes before departure time in order to sign an indemnity form and to make payment;
- Times of hikes: summer 05:00 – 08:00; winter: 07:00 – 10:00;
- A minimum of two and a maximum of 9 people per hike. There is a minimum age of 16 years (as mentioned, the hike is not child's play);
- Please wear neutral clothing (not white or black) and suitable footwear for hiking is essential;
- Bring your own water and a small snack;
- Binoculars are optional but are handy for game and bird spotting.
For up to date information on cost and any conditions applicable either contact the Park as above or visit their site at www.sanparks.co.za/docs/parks-mznp.
GPS : 32° 6' 27.99" S / 25° 25' 48.22" E
This is the location of the summit of Saltpeterkop for information purposes, but the hikes begin at the Park's reception so you should follow the signs thereto.