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Compassberg is located in South Africa
Location in South Africa
Highest point
Elevation 2,502 m (8,209 ft) [1]
Listing List of mountains in South Africa
Coordinates 31°45′26″S 24°32′22″E / 31.75722°S 24.53944°E / -31.75722; 24.53944Coordinates: 31°45′26″S 24°32′22″E / 31.75722°S 24.53944°E / -31.75722; 24.53944
Location Eastern Cape
Parent range Sneeuberge

Compassberg (Afrikaans: Kompasberg), is a mountain peak of the Sneeuberge range in South Africa. It is located 55 km due north of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape Province. At 2504 metres, it is the highest peak in South Africa outside the Stormberg-Drakensberg massif. It was named by Colonel Robert Jacob Gordon when he accompanied Governor Joachim van Plettenberg on a journey to the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony in 1778.[citation needed]

The mountain is composed of sediments of the Beaufort Series in the Karoo System, and extensively intruded by dolerite dikes and sills.


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