SANParks Times just happens to be one of our sister publications. We also love the work they do. In this series, Know your National Parks, we employ their vast expertise to give you a quick summary of our SANParks gems.
For our first edition, Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Words René de Klerk. Pictures Rene de Klerk and Petro Kotzé
Situated near Clarence in the Free State, the park is known for its spectacular scenery at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. Its name is derived from the shades reflecting from the sandstone cliffs as the sun hits them. The famous landmark of the park is the Brandwag buttress formation opposite the main rest camp.
Animals not only include black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, springbok and Burchell’s zebra, but the rare bearded vulture is synonymous with the high mountains surrounding the park. If you are lucky you can see them at the vulture hide (they put carcasses out if available). In terms of accommodation, there is the Golden Gate Hotel, Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Highlands Mountain Retreat and the Basotho Cultural village. You can also camp or stay in an old farm house.
If you love hiking and interesting rock formations this park is for you. Recent news, as reported in our March edition, is the development of an interpretive centre to celebrate the dinosaur eggs found years during road construction.
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