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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:26 pm

Have a awesome trip michela09 :mrgreen:
Will wait for the TR :wink:

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I need urgent info regarding Golden Gate.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:30 pm

The paved road from the main road to the parking lot for the Highlands Mountain Retreat - is it accessible with a Honda Ballade 1500 sedan vehicle?
I can't find any info here or on the site and read and been told elsewhere it's a slight glitch. The pic I've seen show a steep gradient.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:16 pm

It sure is GP :D

There were a good few sedans that managed the climb perfectly when we were there last Oct. The tracks are cemented with ridges in to make it easier to drive up there.
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Re: I need urgent info regarding Golden Gate.

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:30 pm

Thought I might have a good pic of the road, but I don't.

If you do get stuck, DQ can just push the car up :twisted:
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Re: I need urgent info regarding Golden Gate.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:39 pm

Thanks DB! 8)
My brother's photo taken in 2006 and the story of the lady who had to be towed up after getting stuck had me worried!

That road was a 2-track-dirt road in the photo. My brother couldn't get up there with their Mazda323. And it's narrow, you couldn't turn around. He had to reverse down. Luckily not too far.

Hmm...Good before and after photos I think. I'll get one now and post his 2006 photo as comparison.

And maybe a photo of Duques pushing the car up there? :twisted:

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Golden Gate - Brandwag Camp - Sept/Oct - Experiences?

Unread postby Wollies » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:56 pm

Hi

I am taking 3 12/13 year olds (2 boys/1 girl) to Golden Gate in September/October? Some of the comments on the accommodation I looked at was not great? Any views on it? Also, any recommendations on what to do? I see people refer to Hiking and Horseriding? Any reco's - how do I keep teenagers entertained? I really want to leave their PC Games and the TV at home.

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Re: Golden Gate - Brandwag Camp - Sept/Oct - Experiences?

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:57 am

There are lots of walks and a few drives .
The nearby town of Clarens for a diversion .
Are you referring to the Brandwag hotel that you booked ?
I would highly recommend the self catering Sanparks Highland Mountain Retreat for a quiet getaway .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Golden Gate - Brandwag Camp - Sept/Oct - Experiences?

Unread postby DuQues » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:55 am

The rondavels have been done up completely, and according to my inlaws are fantastic now.

Give the kids a camera and write out a best photo competion... Best landscape shot, best flower shot, goggas etc...
Then they'll really see the park. ;)

I'll be able to give you more info in october, as I'll have been in GG then, but that may be a little too late?
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Re: Golden Gate - Brandwag Camp - Sept/Oct - Experiences?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:11 pm

My brother and sister-in-law go there every year like others do with Kruger.

They never book a Longdavel - iffy privacy and noisy. The Rondavels have all been upgraded, very nice. Noiselevels during the week okay, weekends a bit more due to the campground and motorcyclists sometimes. But it didn't bother them that much.

Activities -
Hikes galore. Some are very challenging so maybe a bit of caution? Wodehouse, Holkrans and Generaalskop especially. Dangerous heights and slippery in places.

Have they got mountain bikes you can take with?

Horseriding - 1 or 2 hour rides from Gladstone farm.

Absailing, canoeing and quad-biking available but not Sanparks related. I'll send you a PM. :wink:

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Re: Golden Gate - Brandwag Camp - Sept/Oct - Experiences?

Unread postby Charming1 » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:15 pm

We spent 5 days camping at Golden Gate with six kids. They hiked and rode bikes, explored the Vulture Restaurant.... nothing like carcasses and 'dem bones to amuse a couple of teenagers - and we spent a morning in Clarens. They are all very eager to go back again. I wish you a superb stay in a truly magnificent part of the world :mrgreen:

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Re: Golden Gate - Brandwag Camp - Sept/Oct - Experiences?

Unread postby wingman » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:36 pm

Herewith pic of Glen Reenen taken August 2007 from the hill above the campsite

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Travel to Golden Gate with a Bike

Unread postby Gianni » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:45 pm

Hi ,
I've booked for a week end at Golden Gate ,could someone tell me if its permissible to travel by Motor bike to this park ?

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Re: Travel to Golden Gate with a Bike

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:01 pm

Welcome to the forums Gianni!

I would be very surprised if it's not. This park doesn't have dangerous animals (well, snakes) and you can do tons of walks in the park.
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Re: Travel to Golden Gate with a Bike

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:03 pm

Myself & SO travelled GG a lot of times by Bike, fantastic so Enjoy. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Travel to Golden Gate with a Bike

Unread postby cuca » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:07 am

I just spent the weekend there (14- 17 August).
Saw lots of Harley groups filling up at the petrol station in Glen Reenen. So it should be OK. And it is a fantastic place if you appreciate that kind of landscape.

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