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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:40 am 
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I spent 10 wonderful days at Golden Gate as my first "assignment" of my volunteer work for SANParks (South African National Parks) as photographer. The beauty of this park was almost unreal - the lush green grass, the golden and red sandstone formations and blue sky was something that photos cannot give justice. It has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The photos have the SANParks logo on as per our agreement, and are used here with their permission. ENJOY!


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 Post subject: Golden Gate NP getting more ground
Unread postPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 1:26 pm 
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I just heard on the 13:00 news that the Golden Gate NP and the Kwa-Kwa park is merging, making it a much bigger conservation area.


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Gosh, that is great to hear! Thanks Reinette!

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I've found the news bulletin on the Afrikaans stations website, here is a rough translation:
The Golden Gate National Park and the QwaQwa National Park in the north-east Free State is going to merge. The merging – following talks between the Free State Department of Tourism and SANParks – wil from a new 34000ha conservation area. The aim is to make sure for better conservation of this beautiful mountain area and to enhance tourism in this area. The LUR for tourism, environmental- and economical affairs, Neo Masthela, said this new park will be managed as one unit.


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That's great! Thanks, Reinette. 8)


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That is fantastic news! Thanks Reinette :D

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate NP getting more ground
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Just back from Golden Gate and there is now a check point at the entrance to the SANParks part of the park, and one at the end of what was the QwaQwa park. No border between. There are still farms - well cows at least, on the QQ side though.

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 Post subject: Golden gate new accommodation units
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New accommodation units in Goldern Gate

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 Post subject: Re: Golden gate new accommodation units
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Thanks Bert

I also read this topic on the "front page headlines". However, this accommodation has not yet been listed on the GG pages. It is always nice to have the pretty pic to see what you are getting. Or did I just miss it in my rush to get to the Forum pages! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Golden gate new accommodation units
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With regard to the pictures of the new accommodation facilities; we will be uploading them very soon. As soon as we have, I will inform you guys.
We apologize for the inconvince caused :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Golden gate new accommodation units
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Hi
Maybe you can help?? We want to do the Ribbok hiking trail but I've read several reports that the overnight hut is not in very good condition?? Is that fixed already and is the mattresses replaced?
This is part of the report I've read....

"It used to be………
a hut with 18 beds, 18 planks, 18 mattresses
not 18 beds, 9 planks, 6 mattresses for 7 hikers……..
ama-Africa – you cannot expect your humble hiking fee to include a bed AND a hollow wire mesh AND a plank AND a mattress"

I really hope the the Ribbok is not falling behind the GOOD and NICE things I've heard about it :-((




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With regard to the pictures of the new accommodation facilities; we will be uploading them very soon. As soon as we have, I will inform you guys.
We apologize for the inconvince caused :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Golden Gate’s Brandwag Hotel undergoing revamp
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The Brandwag Hotel in the Golden Gate National Park is currently being revamped and is set to offer an even higher level of comfort and entertainment to its guests. There will be enhancements in design to the rooms, conference facilities as well as the restaurant.

The refurbished results will be a lighter and more modern design with a defined timeless elegance flowing through all the rooms and public places. The rooms will be transformed into 54 luxury double rooms.

Conference facilities will be improved to include a main conference room with a seating capacity of 300. Four additional breakaway rooms of varying sizes, all properly suited for conferencing, will also be available.

A newly-enlarged restaurant on the middle floor aims to convey a sense of sophistication and will be able to cater for conference delegates, large wedding receptions and any other functions.

Brandwag Hotel is set to reopen in December 2009, so do come and enjoy this peaceful, serene and healing environment. This fabulous world of sandstone cliffs, an age-old-cultural heritage and the spectacular mountain splendor of the sun-clad Malutis will add to a life changing experience.


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 Post subject: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
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We visited the Golden Gate National Park this past weekend and stayed in the Basotho Cultural Village. We went for a walk on Sunday morning and stumbled on this combination of connected drums just below the rest camp. We were horrified by the smell, and thought it might be sewerage pumped into these drums, but even more so by the volumes of water that flows from this contraption to the water stream just below.

1. What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
2. Can anything that smells this bad be purified in drums, in any way, that it should be introduced into nature?

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 Post subject: Re: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
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Looks like a septic tank to me.

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 Post subject: Re: What is this foul smelling contraption at the rest camp?
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Welcome to the forum zaShadow!
Regarding your questions, reply from GG:
1. The 'green drums' (septic tanks) forms part of the extensive filtering process of sewerage (its rather a difficult process to explain in detail though).
2. The water that leaves these drums is found to be safe to 'introduce' it into nature.


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