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 – 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 park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.
Areas of Special Interest
- The Van Reenen family graveyard
- The Impressive Brandwag buttress rock formation
- Vulture Restaurant
- Cathedral Cave (Guided Walk)
- Interesting lookout points and viewpoints - Zuluhoek lookout point, Generaalskop viewpoint, the third highest point in the park; Oribi basin and Drakensberg view
5 things to seek
- Bearded Vulture
- Bald Ibis
- Black Wildebeest
Read about Our Camps
- Spend your Valentine's Weekend at Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets - 11th February 2015
- Media Release: Fall in love with SANParks Online Discount - 3rd February 2015
- The Northern Region invites you to "Go Wild" with us this festive season - 11th December 2014
- Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park takes place in February 2015 - 11th December 2014
- Media Release: Registrations open for the Working for Water QwaQwa/Golden Gate Half Marathon - 7th November 2014
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