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Fort Mistake

Afrikaans name:

Fort Mistake

Fort Mistake

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When driving on the N11 highway between Newcastle and Ladysmith you will notice a small structure perched on top of a hill as you negotiate Mkupe Pass. This is what is known as Fort Mistake.

Fort Mistake started life as Fort One Tree Hill, although some say it was Fort Mkupe, but at some point became more commonly known as Fort Mistake but the exact reason for the name change is unknown.

The fort was one of a number of signalling posts built during the late 1800's.

Unfortunately there is no easy access to the fort. If you want a close view you are going to have to leave your car at the settlement at the bottom and hipe up the hillside.


References and further reading

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 158

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