Golden Gate National Park

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains lies the Golden Gate National Park

Free State Game and Nature ReservesThe Golden Gate National Park

Roughly 120 kilometres south east of Bloemfontein and 15 kilometres south of Wepener on Route 701, the Golden Gate National Park, through which the Caledon River flows, is also home to the Welbedacht Dam situated in the southern parts of the reserve.

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.

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.

Activities near Golden Gate National Park

Rhebok Trail


This is rather an energetic trail in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains, north eastern Free State, arguably some of the most incredible mountain scenery in the country. The two-day trail, which involves trekking up to the highest...

More info and contact details: Rhebok Trail

Angel's Wing Trail


Leave your vehicle at the secure parking lot that is well signposted off the R712 Golden Gate Road. You are then collected and transported up the mountain in a 4x4 vehicle to the Ouma’s Kraal overnight hut. The hut is equipped with basic facilities...

More info and contact details: Angel's Wing Trail

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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.

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