Nooitgedacht Battlefield

Location

Destination: 

Magaliesberg

Country: 

South Africa
Trip Participants

Participants: 

Andrew Louw

 MCSA organised hike to the Nooitgedacht Battlefield .

Background

The Battle of Nooitgedacht, which took place on 13 December 1900, was by far the most significant military action which took place in the Magaliesberg during the Boer War.

We have been given the rare opportunity (requiring special permission) to hike onto the top portion of the Nooitgedacht battlefield on 21 July 2013

We will start from the Tonquani South parking area, and after hiking up to the top of Bertram's Nek, we will follow the route taken by General Beyers and about 250 of his men to the battlefield. We will pause at the spot from which this group of Boers launched their attack against the British, and will trace the path of their courageous charge, under intense rifle fire, across the open veld. After visiting some of the British fortifications, we will walk across to the edge of the escarpment, from where we will have a panoramic view of the rest of the battlefield in the valley below. It's a great opportunity to hike across a wild, remote and beautiful part of the Magaliesberg, and at the same time learn something about the rich history of the area.

Arrangements

We access the grounds through private property belonging to Askari Game Lodge.

Due to poaching concerns and very tight security, we need to provide details of the vehicles a few days before the visit. To this end you need to confirm by 12 July with Andre Wedepohl (andre@armstrongs.co.za)

Or myself (andrew.louw@thyssenkrupp.com) so I can arrange with Andre for you.

We meet by 8:15 am at the access gate to the Askari grounds (on the Nooitgedacht main dirt road)

DON’T BE LATE as this gate will be unlocked by us and locked behind us. You will NOT be able to get to us if you miss the meeting (unless you are a MCSA member following the protocol of course)

 

Non MCSA members are welcome as guests but there is a fee of R35 payable

 

The hike/tour will probably end late afternoon (3-4pm’ish) so bring food, snacks and enough water for the whole day.

 

Directions

The co-ordinates that we have for the gate are 25º 52' 53" S, 27º 30' 11" E.

The road to the gate is good dirt road (with some “sinkplaat”). The road from the gate to the start of the hike is a farm track with a long grass “middleman”. Don’t bring your Porsche but all other vehicles should be able to navigate it without a problem.

 

Travel north on the R563 towards Hekpoort.

Turn west (i.e. left) at Hekpoort 'T' junction  (marked "To Rustenburg")  and proceed for 2,1 km.

Then turn right onto a dirt road leading off to the north signposted "Nooitgedacht".

Follow this main dirt road for about 12,9 km. Just before the small bridge over another dirt road, there is a gate on the LEFT with a combination lock.

Meet here at this gate.

 

We will then proceed through gate, take sharp bend to right , open gate at underpass and follow track to old parking. The houses have been demolished. The path is near the trees and some rocks. This gets us to the old access path.

Activities

activity: 

Hiking
Mountaineering

Date: 

Sunday, July 21, 2013 (All day)