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Bowker's Kop Central Region

A landmark hill on the H1-4 road with a large baobab growing on it, close to Mopani Rest Camp.

Bowker's Kop, named after Miles Robert Bowker, was a favourite campsite used by Bowker and his hunting party in the two decades before the Anglo-Boer-War. In the early 1950s the Bowker family erected a memorial tablet with the following words inscribed on it:

Near this baobab tree a party of hunters from the Rand had their camp in 1888. Their names were Miles Robt. Bowker whose name is carved on this tree, Alex Bowker and Charlie White, his cousins, Fred and Harry Barber, the founders of Barberton, and Miller with his ox-wagon who provided the transport. M.R. Bowker, July 10, 1888.

Before the 1980s there were two large baobabs on the hill but elephants damaged one of them so badly that it toppled over and is no longer there.


  1. Dr. U. De V. Pienaar and Contributors, A Cameo from the Past, The Prehistory and Early History of the Kruger National Park (Pretoria: Protea Book House, 2012, 238-239.

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