The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Golden Gate Highland National Park

Afrikaans name: Golden Gate Hoogland Nasionale Park

The beautiful Buttress in Golden Gate Highland National Park

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Free State

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is the only national park in the Free State. It is 340 square kilometres in extent and is located near Clarens.

The park gets its name from the beautiful golden colours that appear on the sandstone cliffs in the early morning and late afternoon.

Activities in the park include hiking, horse-riding and birding.

Accommodation in the park includes a hotel and camp sites.

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is not known for its wildlife but it does have around 100 species of birds on its checklist and mammals such as Mountain Reedbuck, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Oribi and Springbok may possibly be seen.

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Visitors Centre

Above - Visitors centre at Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Hotel

Above - Hotel and hotel chalets

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Glen Reenen

Above - Glen Reenen Rest Camp Chalets

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Golden Gate scenery

Above - Spectacular scenery

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Golden Gate lit up

Above - The Golden Gate is lit up at night

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Mammals of Golden Gate Highland National Park

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Aardwolf

Black Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat

Blesbok

Burchell's Zebra

Cape Buffalo

Cape Clawless Otter

Cape Hare

Caracal

Chacma Baboon

Eland

Grey Rhebuck

Large-spotted Genet

Mountain Reedbuck

Oribi

Rock Hyrax

South African Hedgehog

Springbok

Springhare

Water Mongoose

Wild Cat


References and further reading

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Wild Issue 46 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 25

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Wild Issue 13 - Author: - Published: 2010 - Page: 56

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Wild Issue 1 - Author: - Published: 2007 - Page: 38

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Published: 1983 - Page: 118

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 238

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 106

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Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 348

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Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 667 (Nov 2017) - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 21

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Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 641 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 58

Birding Hotspots - Author: Trevor Hardaker - Published: 2007 - Page: 18

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 635 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 6

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 90

A - Z of South African National Parks - Author: South African National Parks - Published: 0 - Page: 24


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