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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.

Accommodation in or near Golden Gate Highlands National Park

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.

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


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References and further reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 162

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 335

Getaway - Vol 27 No 04 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 16

Getaway - Vol 30 No 06 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 78

go! - Issue 137 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 44

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 246

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 305

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 108

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 12

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 124

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 319

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

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

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

Wild Issue 21 - Author: - Year Published: 2012 - Page: 42

Wild Issue 22 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 8

Wild Issue 24 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 78

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 58

Wild Issue 39 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 36

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