A Clarens Love Story
      The eastern Free State is God’s own country. Wide open plains as far as the eye can
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Glen Reenen Rest Camp – Rondawels and longdawels
Golden Gate Highlands National Park Tel: +27 (0)58 255 1000 Fax: +27 (0)58 255-0980 email: Goldengate@sanparks.org Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/golden_gate/ Rondawel (HKB2)(Sleeps 2) 1
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Mountain Retreat Cottages
Golden Gate Highlands National Park Tel: +27 (0)58 255 1000 Fax: +27 (0)58 255-0980 email: Goldengate@sanparks.org Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/golden_gate/ Mountain Retreat  Log
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Golden Gate Highlands National Park – Hotel and Chalets
Golden Gate Highlands National Park Tel: +27 (0)58 255 1000 Fax: +27 (0)58 255-0980 email: Goldengate@sanparks.org Website:  http://www.sanparks.org/parks/golden_gate/      
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Golden Gate Highlands National Park: Geology
Geology There are 3 main layers of rock in Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the characteristics of which have lead
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Life Lines: Layers of the Past in Stone
  Article Supplied by: Nikki Tilley – media@malotidrakensbergroute.com / 082 441 5795 The Maloti Drakensberg Route, the longest recognised route in Southern Africa
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Victor Victorius
  Meeting Victor Mokoena is like feeling the sun on your face after a few rainy days. The man has
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Game Viewing
    Golden Gate Highlands National Park: The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is well known for its scenic beauty
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Basotho Cultural Village
  “Kgotso” we greet you in peace   Basotho Cultural Village The Basotho Cultural Village is a living museum situated
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Self-drive: Clarens to the Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant
 If beauty and the vastness of nature is what you seek, the Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, located in the Oribi
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Golden Gate Highlands National Park (Article)
      Next week, on 13 September, Golden Gate Highlands National Park celebrates its 50th anniversary as a National Park.
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The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is well known for its scenic beauty as well as its wildlife and birds.

Click here to see the full list of mammals found in the park.
Click here to see the list of birds found in the park 
Click here to see the list of plants found in the park

Self-drive:  (Maps available at the Information Centre opposite Glen Reenen Rest Camp).

The R712 connecting Harrismith to Clarens passes through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.   The route winds its way through Lichens Pass (2041m) past interesting sandstone rock formations.    The Golden Gate is aptly named, and makes for a scenic drive, especially in the late afternoon when the setting sun shows off the sandstone colours at their most vibrant.

There are two loop roads off the R712 which are worth exploring:    The Blesbok Loop  (6.7km) features the Zuluhoek lookout point and Generaalskop view point.   The Oribi Loop (4.2km) offers views of the Drakensberg, and a stopping point at the Vulture Feeding hide.    For more information

 See Self Drive route Clarens to Vulture Feeding Site.

 

Activities:

Hiking
Choice of various hikes ranging from a 45 minute walk to the 2day Rhebok Hiking Trail.  To read more about the hikes available in the Golden Gate National Park visit our Hiking page.  You will also find excellent descriptions of the unguided hikes written by Falko Buschke The Solitary Ecologist.
 
Horseriding
Golden gate offers 1 hour rides along a scenic trail within the park. Riders are escorted by a guide.   Morning (9h00, and 10h30) and afternoons (14h00). To book phone:  (058) 255 0951.
 
Swimming
There is a natural swimming pool near the Van Reenen’s Camp site.  (Ask at the information office.)
 
Mountain Biking
Cycle from Clarens and then take the Blesbok and Oribi Loops.  Tar all the way. (Click here for more information on Mountain Biking in the Clarens area)
 
Basotho Cultural Village
While you are in the park you should visit the Basotho Cultural Village.   Click here to find out more.

Tours:

The following companies offer tours in The Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Maluti Tours
Tour of Golden Gate which takes in parts of The Golden Gate Highlands National Park which are not open to the general public.   Lots of opportunity to photograph game and birds. A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village included. Contact details

Clarens Xtreme
Tours of the Golden Gate Hilghlands National Park and the Basotho Cultural Village.   Contact details

 

 
Sethuthuthu Tours
Game drive  (4×4 game viewing vehicle) through what used to be the Qua Qua National Park (which now forms part of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.)  A chance to explore one of the last untamed wilderness areas in the Free State. Lots of plains game to be seen.  Contact details