4 hours each way from Kompasberg Farm (8 hours return). The farmstead is an hour’s drive from Nieu-Bethesda
The Compassberg (2502m) is the highest peak in the Sneeuberg range and second highest in the Eastern Cape. From the farmstead, follow the jeep track to the foot of the mountain. Head straight up the gulley to a ledge from where cairns indicate the way to the summit.
The vegetation along the climb is montane grassveld. There are 360° views of the Karoo from the summit. Apparently during the Anglo Boer War the heliograph world record was set here by British troops who managed to send a message to the Cockscomb mountain near the coast.
Click here to download a map for the walk.