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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate in 2 hours
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:50 pm 
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I have stayed in Golden gate a few times and if you take the time to stop and look and stay over do a couple of the walks you will find,
Black Wilderbeast
Springbok
Oribi
Eland
Zebra
Black Backed Jackal
Ostritch
Rooi Hartebeest
Baboons
Tsessebe
Bearded Vulture
to mention a few as well as a large collection of Birds, Butterflys and reptiles
and most important Peace and Tranquility

P.S. Dont forget to stop at the office for maps and pamphlets and swipe wild card and take the loops

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate in 2 hours
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Bekke, the scenery is spectacular. Just drive where you want and enjoy. I have never really regarded it as a major animal spotting park. Birders love the area, I know.

I am actually thinking of taking a long weekend in winter.. just to re-experience the impossibly blue sky.

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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I would have to agree. The park is not known for an abundance of wildlife but I would drive the two game loops, pretty good chance to see jackal, vultures, secretary birds, etc.

The scenery at GGHNP is stunning! If you want to get an amazing view of the park hike up brandwag across from Glen Reenen, fantastic views of east and west sections of the park! If it is nice, inquire about going to cathedral cave, another wonderful spot.

I hope you enjoy the park!

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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Thanks for the info - will certainly try and do both loops. I guess the restaurant will be good for quick snack or coffee?


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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Haven't tried it, but Brandwag Hotel is a hotel, so it should be good.

But the plan was 1.5 - 2 hours? So what would you be doing in the restaurant?

Actually, you would do yourself a huge favour by at least staying 1 night, so you can do one or two walks.
If you stay at the Mountain retreat (budget?) you will see many animals, they are on that side of the mountain. (And #7 has a resident pair of striped mice, say hello from me?)

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 Post subject: Driving through Golden GAte
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Hi
any idea of how much time I would need to drive from Kestell side to Clarens as a through route?


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 Post subject: Re: Driving through Golden GAte
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Welcome to the forums! :yaya:

That depends mightily on what you want to do. As a through route it's actually short. Don't know exactly anymore, but in the order of 2 hours.
It would take me a day...

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate in 2 hours
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Bekke, the scenery is spectacular. Just drive where you want and enjoy. I have never really regarded it as a major animal spotting park. Birders love the area, I know.

I am actually thinking of taking a long weekend in winter.. just to re-experience the impossibly blue sky.


Did you do the long weekend in winter? We were in Golden Gate from 23/6 for a few days and boy, was it cold! We Capetonians are not used to that kind of cold. It was my first time there (and for the life of me I cannot think why I did not go there before - it is wonderful) and I will definitely return. Although it was cold, the advantage in winter is peace and quiet - few other visitors.


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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Has anybody stayed in the Rondawels at the Basuto Cultural Camp at Golden Gate NP and what is this camp like?


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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Self Catering and stunning, lovely views, peaceful, tranquil, etc etc etc :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Stayed there a few times
Closest shops Glen Reenen and Clarence but well worth the visit :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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Thank you Holigan :thumbs_up:

Sounds good, will include it in our itinerary


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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Hi

I really like the SANSPARK website and the ability to check availability and book online is awesome

It would be nice if the SANPARKS website could however provide more detailed information about the units and what they contain

I too hve booked to stay in the HKB2 rondavel at Glen Reenen and would like to know exactly what they mean by kitchen

From the post I can gather that it includes 2 place stove, fridge and cutlery. I dont think there is a microwave

Does the rondawel have braai facilities

If anyone could provide more detailed information on what the rondawel contains this would be great

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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after browsing through this thread I am SUPER excited to have 4 nights staying in the Highland Village mountain retreat in about 2 weeks' time

thanks DINKYBIRD for the pics of the magnificent views - cannot wait to set up my tripod there and capture epic landscape photos of the area, and even more to spend time with my lovely wife and young baby in that peaceful setting...

bring it on... :big_eyes: :cam: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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Hi,

We staying in Basotho Cultural Village, can anyone give maps/trail to Cleopatra Pools. The reception at Glen Reenen wasn't able to give any information.

Apart from tarred roads are there any other dirt tracks which one can take.

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE
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There are a few loops, but not many. Two I think, Oribi loop, and ....
But you dont really need them, the important ones are the trails. And of them there are many!

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