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Golden Gate: Vulture restuarant

Unread postby JohanBarnard » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:25 pm

Must i book to go to this restuarant
Is it a far hike to it

any info welcome

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Re: Golden Gate Vulture restuarant

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:53 pm

Hi jumbo65!

No - it is not far to walk to it from the road. A bit of a climb that is all. And no booking needed as far as I know.

It would be a good idea to ask the reception when they will be laying out a carcass again, so you time your visit there to when one is put out.

I went when there was not a carcass out, and had good vulture sightings anyway.

This pic was taken from the Vulture restaurant back to where we had parked.
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Re: Golden Gate Vulture restuarant

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:02 pm

And no booking needed as far as I know.

Correct - no booking needed

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Re: Golden Gate Vulture restuarant

Unread postby JohanBarnard » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:41 pm

thks for the replies :D

is it like a birdhide setup ,
do 1 sit in the open
how far r u from the carcasses

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Re: Golden Gate Vulture restuarant

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:58 pm

Hi jumbo65, it's a open area and not fenched in. The post by Guinea Pig will give you a pretty good idea. Have a look here.

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Re: Golden Gate Vulture restuarant

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:41 pm

You do just sit in the open, on the ridge (no seating or bird hide structure), and have a good view down over the plateau in front of you and on a clear day can see the Mont-aux-Sources.

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Re: Golden Gate Vulture restuarant

Unread postby JohanBarnard » Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:18 pm

Thks all for the replies

Reception tells me they dont know when the farmers will put out carcases,

planning to go ther on thursday

anybody at the restuarant in the past week
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Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby RayK » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:49 pm

Hi Forumites,
I'll be staying at the Mountain Retreat at Golden Gate NP at the beginning of November and have read just about all the information available. What I do find most interesting is the Vulture Restaurant but very little info is to be had. Is it always supplied with a carcass or just upon occasion? Is it a long hike to reach? Nothing is for certain but if I had an outside chance to see a Bearded Vulture up close I'd gladly make the effort. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby Morkel777 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:24 am

I'm also interested in this as I will be going in 2 weeks' time and also staying at the Mountain Retreat...

any takers? :shock: :whistle: :hmz:
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Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby DavenJan » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:35 am

We were by the vulture restaurant in September, there were lots of bones but we didn't see any fresh carcasses. Perhaps you should contact the Golden Gate staff.
We were lucky enough to to see a Bearded Vulture fly by though. :D
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Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby JenB » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:39 am

I would also like to know. 8)
Any takers?
'K....... I suppose my number is up. :lol:

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Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby Morkel777 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:44 am

excellent!

anyone know how far of a walk is it, and is it suitable for photography? (ie is there a hide, can I carry my lenses up there?)
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Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:58 am

The distance is minimal, just a few (20~30) meters from the road to the places where you can watch them.
The vertical distance however is about the same! :)
You can park your car in several places, and just slog up the ridge. It can be steep(ish) here and there, but even people with a cane can make it up if they choose their route well.

Now when you get on top continue a little to stay out of the wind and search for a good place to set up your tripod. You are going to need it, the distance is great!
You will need well over 400mm lenses, so bringing a teleconverter is really recommended.

As far as I know the carcasses are donated by the local butcher and a few donators.

Don't expect close-ups from the feeding birds. You can move down (love GG, you are allowed to walk anywhere! 8) ) but I don't know how restless the birds are. When I was there there was no carcass, so the vultures were just wheeling around.
To your right will be a sort of ravine, looking out towards the Basotho village, that is possibly a way better stop for photography.

And mind you, keep your camera ready and at the right setting all the time! When we were crawling up the mountain to the Retreat a lammergeier flew right over the car, at low height!
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Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby DavenJan » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:08 am

The Vulture Restaurant is situated along the Oribi Loop (from which you gain access to the Highlands Retreat) it is on a hillside next to the road. I did not notice any hides.

Oops see Duco came up with more info. That's what happens when you work and post at the same time.
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Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?

Unread postby Morkel777 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:18 am

thanks DuQues and Davenjan...

Duco - I currently have a 1.4x TC with my 300 f2.8 on a 7D, giving me effectively 672mm focal length
I have been contemplating getting the new 2x TC-III which would make it 960mm effectively. Would you say I rather need the 2x? :huh:
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