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Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Introduction

Golden Gate Highlands National Park was officially proclaimed on the 13 September 1963 and is situated in north-eastern Free State, in foothills of the Maluti Mountains Gate Gate Highlands National Park. It covers an area of about 116 sq km. 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 is a unique environment; a 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. The Golden Gate is a hikers paradise.

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.

The park can be visited all year round but during the winter months from April to September it can get very cold, especially at night, with even the chance of snow. The park can get busy during the South Africa School Holidays
There are several restcamps with Rondavels and guest cottages plus is a lovely camping site situated next to Mushroom Rock and there is a restcamp with Rondavals and rooms - booking in advance is adviseable.
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