Hanglip

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Hanglip
Hanglip.jpg
Hanglip from the southeast
Elevation 1,719 m (5,640 ft)[1]
Listing List of mountains in South Africa
Location
Hanglip is located in South Africa
Hanglip
Hanglip
Location in South Africa
Location Limpopo
Range Soutpansberg
Coordinates 22°59′45″S 29°53′0″E / 22.99583°S 29.88333°E / -22.99583; 29.88333Coordinates: 22°59′45″S 29°53′0″E / 22.99583°S 29.88333°E / -22.99583; 29.88333

Hanglip (Afrikaans for hanging lip) is a prominent mountain peak near Louis Trichardt, South Africa. It is situated in the Vhembe District of Limpopo, in the central Soutpansberg range. The peak with radar station, at 1,719 meters a.s.l., forms a conspicuous landmark visible from the town and the N1 national road.

Hanglip mountain is situated in the 354 hectare Hanglip Forest Reserve within the Hanglip State Forest. The state forest contains commercial pine plantations, protected natural forest and bushveld. The pine plantations are harvested in 30 to 40 year cycles for construction wood.

Geologically the mountain consists of tilted layers of the Karoo succession including glacial till deposits. Red quartzite deposits and grey andesite lava intrusions are also present.

From 1867 the area was controlled by the Venda after they acquired rifles from elephant hunters. In 1898 the Venda under Mphefu were evicted from Schoemansdal by the Boere under the leadership of general Piet Joubert. As safeguard against further attacks, Fort Botha was established under Hanglip some kilometers southwest of Mphefu's kraal. The ruins of the fort are currently off limits, being situated near graves of Venda captains held sacred by the tribe. The town of Trichardtsdorp was established after the conflict.

The Hanglip Forest Reserve is a protected area in the zone of the mountain.[2] Hikers can arrange to overnight in the Hanglip trail hut east of the peak, and motorists can visit a picnic site against its southern slope.[3]

Hanglip mountain is also home to the tee of the Extreme 19th, the highest and longest par three golf hole in the world.[4]

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