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Attraction Name: Formosa Peak
CATEGORY:: Natural Attractions
Type: Mountains
Description of Attraction: Formosa Peak or Peak Formosa at 1675m is the highest point of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, a coastal range located along the Garden Route in South Africa, and forming part of the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve.

The peak was first mapped in 1576 during a voyage by the Portuguese navigator and cartographer, Manuel de Mesquita Perestrelo, when his ship put in at Plettenberg Bay, which he named Bahia Formosa or "beautiful bay". The peak, which is visible from the bay, had been named Formosa by the earlier Portuguese explorer, Bartolomeu Dias, in 1448.

This was corrupted to Moses, a name still used for the region north of the mountain. Perestrelo, a survivor of the 1554 wrecking of the Portuguese carrack, theSão Bento off Msikaba on the Wild Coast, wrote an account of the disaster.

Because of its elevation and sweeping views, Formosa Peak is a popular hiking destination, the normal road approach being from the north via Langkloof and farm tracks. Although not technically difficult and requiring only steep scrambling, the hiking route follows a narrow ridge with precipitous drops on either side and along some sections, a fall would prove fatal

Access to the Formosa Conservancy is free. Permission must be obtained from Mr Marius Strydom at 042-2721721 to park at the dam on his farm

Directions: The turnoff is situated on the R62 between Louterwater and Krakeelrivier, just east of Joubertina. The roads are gravel but in good condition and can be traveled with a normal car.

Photo: Graeme Pienaar
Source: Wikipedia
Entrance Fee (Terms): Access to the Formosa Conservncy is free. Permission must be obtained from Mr Marius Strydom at 042-2721721 to park at the dam on his farm
Town: Plettenberg Bay
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Posted / Updated: Oct 13, 2016
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Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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