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 Post subject: Autumn in Golden Gate
Unread postPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 1:26 pm 
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After some nudging by some of the mites, I decided to start this TR. Often here amongst the travel tales, the smaller parks such as Addo, Marakele, Mokala and Golden Gate get neglected. And why should they? Many people know about KNP and KTP. You are sure to find a colleague, a friend or a family member who has been to one of these bigger parks, and who can tell you all about it. All about the big KTP lions they saw, and that leopard that just came out of nowhere in KNP. But it is not often that somebody tells you about the beautiful mountain and its vultures in Marakele, or the vast Karoo scrub with prolific birdlife in the Karoo National Park, or the luxury of the latest accomodation in Golden Gate. So let me tell you about the Highlands Mountain Retreat in Golden Gate - in Autumn, a lovely time of the year...


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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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Bushbuddies wrote:
So let me tell you about the Highlands Mountain Retreat in Golden Gate - in Autumn, a lovely time of the year...


Image Ready and waiting , Those mountains and the scenery is Image
Bring it on ImageImage

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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Can't wait to read about Autumn in Golden Gate!!

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Can't wait to hear about one of the three Northern Parks :dance: :popcorn: .

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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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I'm on board Bushbuddies (as one of the nudging 'mites ) :D
Ready to discover Golden Gate in autumn 8)
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
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Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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Bushbuddies, spot on with your comment and cannot wait to read more about your trip. :clap:

Travelling to Kruger from Cape Town, we used Golden Gate as astop over and spent an extra day there - those mountains and scenery just amazing and a must visit.

The question is, although visited GG 3 & 2 years ago, to post some pics of our findings to promote the park :hmz:

Looking forward to your TR. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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isinkwe wrote:
Bushbuddies wrote:
So let me tell you about the Highlands Mountain Retreat in Golden Gate - in Autumn, a lovely time of the year...


Image Ready and waiting , Those mountains and the scenery is Image
Bring it on ImageImage


Always a pleasure to have you on board a TR, isinkwe! :dance: Especially with all your colourfull pictures! :tongue:

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:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Can't wait to read about Autumn in Golden Gate!!


Great to have the lion queen here as well! :thumbs_up:

barryels wrote:
Can't wait to hear about one of the three Northern Parks :dance: :popcorn: .


And one of the Else is on board now too! I'm sure hilda will also pop in some time... :whistle:

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I'm on board Bushbuddies (as one of the nudging 'mites ) :D
Ready to discover Golden Gate in autumn 8)
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


You see - a bit of nudging sometimes helps! :tongue: Glad you could make it to this TR. Hope it'll wet your appetite for your upcoming trip. :thumbs_up:

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Bushbuddies, spot on with your comment and cannot wait to read more about your trip. :clap:

Travelling to Kruger from Cape Town, we used Golden Gate as astop over and spent an extra day there - those mountains and scenery just amazing and a must visit.

The question is, although visited GG 3 & 2 years ago, to post some pics of our findings to promote the park :hmz:

Looking forward to your TR. :thumbs_up:


For sure - I'm sure you've got a few beautiful photographs to share! :thumbs_up: Think it is a great stopover idea! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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The Highlands Mountain Retreat

Let me start by introducing you to the camp where we stayed - the Higlands Mountain Retreat.

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8 Beautiful Log Cabins situated in the mountains, with a view that stretches out over kilometers.

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They are very well equiped, with all the nice touches and finnishes.

A fireplace for those cool evenings...

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A kitchen that has both a stove and oven (to make nice warm puddings in...) :tongue:

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...as well as a microwave and all the cuttlery and crockery one might need.

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A nice warm double bed, with lots of spare blankets. We also got a heater in our room.

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And a spacious bathroom:

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This was our home for 4 days at the end of April this year, and we loved it!

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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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Those cabins look lovely and seem so well equipped, beautiful view from your deck Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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I think I can own up to being a guilty party to the nuding :wink:

What a view. :D The accommodation looks very comfortable. Another item for the bucket list.

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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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What a stunning setting for the cabins.

I'm looking forward to your TR as we spent a day visiting GG last November.


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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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What a wonderful view and stunning accommodation Bushbuddies :dance: :dance: .

Must have been wonderful to be there and recharge the batteries :thumbs_up: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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Beautiful view and very nice retreat Bushbuddies :clap: :clap:
I wonder how it could be with snow :hmz:
Thanks for sharing your trip. :gflower:
As you say,my appetite is still huge and your first pictures were a very good teaser for my next winter trip :thumbs_up:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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Bushbuddies!!! I can't wait to read all about your Golden Gate experiences! :dance: :dance:

Those magnificent mountains are beautiful! And those luxurious cabins must definitely be experienced personally! :clap: :clap:

The view from your deck is to die for! :dance: :dance:

Can't wait for the next episode! :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Autumn in Golden Gate
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What a wonderful view!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Just love the chalets! And a warm pudding on a cold night can only be love!! :P

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