Golden Gate National Park

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Golden Gate National Park, Free State

Golden Gate National Park
The Brandwag Rock in Golden Gate National Park

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.

This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals including black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra - and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs.

Ribbokkop, the highest point in the Golden Gate park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.

Golden Gate National Park
Golden Gate National Park
Cool highveld summers with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and cold winters with occasional snow transform the Golden Gate National Park into a white wonderland.

Activities include Short nature trails varying from 1 hour to 5 hours (no bookings required), game viewing at leisure in own vehicles, guided excursions, night drives, video shows and lectures during school holiday periods.

Environmental education courses (varying from 1 to 5 days), bowls, tennis, table tennis and snooker. Horse-riding during peak periods. Swimming in the natural pool at Glen Reenen.

Photo Gallery:
View photographs taken within the Park at Golden Gate National Park Photographs.

Golden Gate National Park

Accommodation nearby

For accommodation close to the Golden Gate National Park, see these towns:
Bethlehem accommodationClarens accommodationClocolan accommodation
Ficksburg accommodationHarrismith accommodationVan Reenen accommodation

To view all accommodation near to the Golden Gate visit Thabo Mofutsanyana accommodation.

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Did you know?
The Golden Gate National Park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.

With 20 National Parks, including two of the world's most famous wildlife reserves, the Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and numerous private game reserves, your trip to South Africa would be incomplete without experiencing a South African Safari.
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