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Golden Gate: ADVICE

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Re: Road access to Golden Gate mountain retreat

Unread postby Son godin » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:12 pm

cdempers,

Not sure if you have already visited the Mountain Retreat, but here is some info on your question. Not all Landrovers can reach the Retreat in winter. :tongue: :twisted: :twisted: Some will slide off the road and will only get out by the help of a recovery team.

All jokes aside the road is accessible without a 4x4 but when it snows it is not that easy to make it without hard work digging your way out. :wink:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:36 pm

Hi Goronta!

We've never stayed in the Highlands Mountain Retreat before. But on our last visit (while staying at Glen Reenen), we decided to just drive up there to see what it looks like. We were driving with my father-in-law's Toyota Corola, and we did not manage to get all the way to the camp. The terrain is not too rough, but it is very steep. The old Corola'tjie lacked power... :tongue:

I just booked us in for the Highlands Mountain Retreat end April. We'll be going with our Honda CR-V this time. Will let you know how it went. Have no idea about the snow though... :hmz:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Albert » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:16 am

Any feedback from people that have stayed at the Basotho Cultural Village? Might be staying there in April (not sure yet, so any info will be welcomed!)
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Son godin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:58 pm

Goronta wrote:Hi 'mites

I'll be in Golden gate at the end of next july. :D
I'd like to book a log cottage at the Highlands Mountain retreat.
Do we need a 4x4 to reach the camp and in case of snow do they close sometimes the road ?
I think I will drive a 2x4.


Hi Goronta we stayed there once when the retreat was snowed in. You could not reach the cabins even in the best 4x4 x far. That one nearly went down the valley when the driver slipped in the snow.

We did not want to except alternative accommodation and together with the park workers dug out the snow using spades and hands to open the road. Its quite hard work but also some fun. Normally you should be fine in a 2x4, but in winter when the roads might be wet and icy its best to go up in a 4x4.

You always have the option to walk up and park below. I am sure folks staying with you will not be reluctant to help. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sun May 11, 2014 7:54 pm

We just returned from a wonderful stay at Golden Gate's Mountain Higland Retreat. It is so beautiful, so peaceful, just one of the best places I've stayed at of SANParks! :dance:

The drive to the top can be done without 4x4, for sure. You need a relatively strong engine to get up the steep slopes - I wouldn't try it with a 1100cc little car... :tongue: Our CR-V was just fine, Goronta! :thumbs_up: I have never been in Golden Gate when it snows, and I think snow doesn't occur there too often, but in winter, I guess it could be a gamble. I have been in Golden Gate before in winter without snow, and I can guarantee you that it will be icy cold! Even now in Autumn it was very cold. But luckily the log cabins are very well catered for in that case - with heaters and a lovely fireplace. :thumbs_up:

We will definitely be back. In summer... :tongue:
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Golden Gate

Unread postby Jeffrey52 » Sun May 31, 2015 11:02 am

Hi
We'll be staying at Highlands Mountain Retreat in about a week - want to know if there are any breakfast spots like Afsaal in Kruger.
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Re: Golden Gate

Unread postby gatita » Sun May 31, 2015 12:01 pm

Hi Jeff,

there is a picnic site off the main road in Golden Gate but it is not like Afsaal. There is no take away, no shop and they don't hire out skottle braais. I think they have regular braais though but I did not really pay attention :redface: You could probably check at reception.

If you have a look here, you can see part of the picnic site in the second picture birding bearded vultures in the Berg

As far as I know there is a restaurant at the hotel. We did not visit the cultural village. Thus I don't know whether there is another picnic site or restaurant.

Enjoy your trip :D

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Re: Golden Gate

Unread postby Son godin » Sun May 31, 2015 9:31 pm

The closest will be the Hotel or head out to Clarens town that caters for tourist with many places to choose from.

We normally do a short hike in the morning and head out for lunch to Clarens. Good stop for beer too. :great:
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Re: Golden Gate

Unread postby Darwin » Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:27 am

Hi Jeff,

If your staying at the Mountain Retreat... the view and tranquillity from your patio makes for an excellent picnic spot... Wish I was there again... it is lovely!! Hiking, horse riding, a visit to Clarens and having a fireplace in your chalet... :mrgreen:

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Re: Golden Gate

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:51 pm

Meriteng pick nick site has regular braai facilities, but no skottel braais.

There are two places just outside of GG (1 or 2 km) on the way to Clarence which can offer you a nice meal.

I can also recommend a guided walk to the Cathedral caves. Ask at reception.
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