Du Toits Peak

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Du Toits Peak
Du Toitskloof Mountains.jpg
Du Toitskloof Mountains from Du Toitskloof Pass
Elevation 1,995 m (6,545 ft)[1]
Prominence 1,730 m (5,676 ft)[1]
Listing Ultra
List of mountains in South Africa
Location
Du Toits Peak is located in South Africa
Du Toits Peak
Du Toits Peak
Location in South Africa
Location Western Cape, South Africa
Range Klein Drakensteinberge
Coordinates 33°45′18″S 19°11′12″E / 33.75500°S 19.18667°E / -33.75500; 19.18667Coordinates: 33°45′18″S 19°11′12″E / 33.75500°S 19.18667°E / -33.75500; 19.18667[1]

Du Toits Peak (1,995 m or 6,545 ft) is the highest seaward facing peak in the Cape Fold Belt ranges, i.e. the highest peak in the Western Cape within direct sight of the ocean. Located between Paarl and Worcester in the south-west of South Africa, 70 kilometres (43 mi) to the north-east of the provincial capital of Cape Town. The mountains form a formidable barrier between Cape Town and the rest of Africa on the N1 highway, also called the Cape to Cairo Road. This section is called the Du Toitskloof Pass. The old route culminates at 820 metres (2,690 ft), however, the new Huguenot Tunnel, of 4.4 kilometres (2.7 mi) in length, cuts out the old mountain pass.

The range mostly consists of Table Mountain sandstone, an erosion-resistant quatzitic sandstone. Vegetation is almost exclusively montane fynbos of the Cape floristic region. The rest of the mountains are barren rocks and steep cliffs. Precipitation occurs primarily in the winter months as rain on the lower slopes and as snow higher up, usually above 1000m. Climate varies dramatically, with the surrounding valleys being up to 10 °C (50 °F) warmer than the mountains. The climate falls within the Mediterranean type. The mountains form part of the Cape Syntaxis, a complex portion of the Cape Fold Belt where the north-south trending ranges meet in the east-west trending ranges in a complex series of folds, thrusts and fault-lines.

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  1. ^ a b c Africa Ultra-Prominences Listed as "Dutoitspiek" Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2012-01-30.

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