I'm trying my hand at a trip report for the first time. It probably won't be too long though.
Anyway, SO and I were going to be in Bloemfontein for a few days before the Easter weekend, so I decided to take advantage and go away somewhere for a few days. We couldn't get into Mokala, which would have been nice, but managed to get some camping sites at Glen Reenen for a few nights.
SO was a bit trepidatious about the trip, because she'd had only one 'hiking' experience before, which didn't go so well (Walter Sisulu on a really hot day). I'd also just bought a new tent and some new camping equipment, so it promised to be an interesting trip.
We eventually left Bloemfontein at about 11am, after doing some last-minute shopping (we managed to find a Dietz hurricane lamp) and packing the car. I was planning to drive via Ladybrand/Ficksburg anyway, and was told that the Bethlehem road was in a bad state anyway, so that's the route we took. The road was in pretty good condition most of the way, but I expected the scenery to be a bit more interesting.
Eventually we arrived in Clarens at about 15h00. We did some minor shopping (I bought some clothes) and went to pay for the white-water rafting trip we'd be doing the following day. Clarens has become super-touristy and I wasn't too impressed unfortunately.
We finally arrived in Golden Gate, with the mountains looking spectacular. SO was very impressed. We were a bit confused about where to check in, so we pulled in to the hotel. They managed to check us in without too much fuss, though there was a bit of confusion around Wild Cards. The gentleman helping us advised us to add SO to my card, to which I agreed. What he left out however was that he'd have to give my credit card details over the phone to the person he was talking to at Infinity. This I wasn't prepared to do. We ended up having to pay conservation fees anyway, and SO is still without a Wild Card.
While at the hotel, we looked around the restaurant, and were shown around 2 of the new rooms. It really looks amazing. The rooms, common areas and furnishings are really top-class, and I think a superb job was done. From what I understand, the no-view rooms cost R750 per night for the room, which is really good value. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos in the hotel.
We then proceeded to Glen Reenen, where the campsite was pretty full. We drove around for about 15 minutes, trying to find a site with electricity, a braai and reasonably level ground. Eventually we decided on one which turned out to be ok during the stay. We'd put the tent up only once before, just after I'd bought it, to make sure all the pieces were there. The second time it took us less than 30 minutes to put it up completely, which I'm quite proud of. We then got busy with setting up the rest of camp.
Me in front of tent after erection (prior to attaching yellow and red ribbons)
Jodi (SO) assembling our table.
A romantically-lit table
The 'mite formerly known as joshilewis
FGASA Level 1 GuideGlen Reenen TR
15-18 June: Berg-en-dal