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Golden Gate Highlands National Park lies nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. It is about 22km East of Clarens in the north-eastern Free State. The park derives its name from the golden colours cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, near the main restcamp.
The Golden Gate Highlands Park is 11 600 hectares of unique highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals – 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. Glen Reenen Rest Camp offers either rondawels, the Noord-Braband Farmhouse and camping sites for tents and caravans. The main road between Clarens and Harrismith divides Glen Reenen Rest Camp in two parts. The reception office, rondawels, longdawels and family cottages as well as the shop, petrol station are on the one side of the road. The other part accommodates the camping sites. The Noord-Braband Farmhouse is an old farmhouse that has been converted to comfortable sleeping accommodation. The Glen Reenen Rest Camp also has a rondawel that is wheelchair accessible. The Camp Grounds have communal ablution blocks and barbecue facilities. Power points are available in the ablutions and on some of the camp sites. All the campsites have access to water. Due to the elevation of the campsites, camping in the winter months can be very cold and snow is a real possibility. Occupants of the the self- catering accommodation are conveniently close to the reception office and shop. Each cottage is equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and barbeque facilities and some of the longdawels have television sets inside. Fireplaces provide heat in the cold winter months.The town of Clarens is approximately 15 kilometers away from the National Park and visitors can shop there for items not available at the Glen Reenen Rest Camp.
Glen Reenen Rest CampCamp Site (CK6) - No power Camp Site (CK6P) - Powerpoint Rondawel (HKD4) - 1 double bedroom & 2 single beds on a loft - Kitchen - Wc and shower Rondawel (HKB2) - 1 bedroom with double bed - Kitchen - Wc and shower Rondawel (HKD4Z) - 1 double bedroom & 2 single beds on a loft - Kitchen - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Wc and shower Longdawel (LD2Z) - 2 single beds - Barbeque Facilities - Kitchen - Television - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Wc and shower Longdawel (LD2D) - 1 double bed - Barbeque Facilities - Kitchen - Television - Wc and shower Longdawel (LD2) - 2 single beds - Barbeque Facilities - Kitchen - Television - Wc and shower Family Cottage (FA4D) - 1 bedroom with double bed - 1 stack bed (sleeps 2) - Barbeque Facilities - Fireplace - Kitchen - Television - Wc and shower Family Cottage (FA6DZ) - 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - 1 bedroom with double bed - 1 stack bed (sleeps 2) - 2 bathrooms (w/c and shower), one is en-suite - Barbeque Facilities - Kitchen - Television - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged Family Cottage (FA4) - 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - 1 bedroom with double bed - 2 en-suite bathrooms (w/c and shower) - Barbeque Facilities - Fireplace - Kitchen - Television Family Cottage (FA4B) - 1 bedroom with 2 single beds - 1 bedroom with double bed - Barbeque Facilities - Fireplace - Kitchen - Television - Wc and shower Family Cottage (FA6B) - 1 bedroom with double bed - 2 bathrooms (w/c and shower), one is en-suite - 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds - Barbeque Facilities - Fireplace - Kitchen - Television Farm House (GH6) - 1 bedroom with 3 single beds - 1 bedroom with double bed - 1 sleeping couch in living room - Kitchen - Lounge/dining room with fireplace - Six kilometres from Glen Reenen Rest Camp - Vehicles with high ground clearance recommended - Wc and bath - Wc and shower
Rates Include:Accommodation and 15% VAT.Rates Exclude:Optional excursions and optional extras, Conservation Levies
Gate Hours: 05:00 – 22:00 Arrivals after 22:00 are not permitted. The reception office is open from 07:30 to 20:00. Visitors with reserved accommodation who arrive after 20:00 may collect the keys to their accommodation at the entrance gate.Climate: Mild highveld summers with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and cold winters with occasional snow transforming the park into a white wonderland.Handy Hints: Remember to bring a hat, walking shoes, sun block, camera, binoculars and wildlife reference books. Hikers on day and overnight trails must always carry sufficient water. Take cool and light clothing for summer and warm clothing for winter. The area is prone to sudden weather changes.Take Note: Pets are not allowed. Firearms must be declared and sealed on arrival. Seal will be broken at the reception office upon departure. Vehicle repair, medical, post office and police services at Clarens or Bethlehem.
Birdlife: Highland specials to search for in the park include: Greywing and Redwing Francolin, Mountain, Mocking and Buffstreaked Chat, Sentinel and Cape Rock Thrush, Orangebreasted Rockjumper, Rock Pipit, Ground Woodpecker, Ayre’s, Wailing and Lazy Cisticola, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Malachite, Greater Doublecollared and Lesser Doublecollared Sunbird and Drakenberg Siskin.