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Golden Gate: ADVICE

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Re: Golden Gate - Brandwag Camp - Sept/Oct - Experiences?

Unread postby Mellory » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:49 pm

You are in for a treat it is so beautiful there, there is also a natural rock pool/water fall where you can swim but please a word of advise do not slide down the rocks as we witnessed 2 injuries in Dec last year as there are hidden rocks and if you slide wrong you may connect with one of those so caution to be exercised here but great fun.Lots of bird life as well.

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Re: Golden Gate: Electricity at Highlands Mountain Retreat

Unread postby mediachameleon » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:31 pm

Hello to all. I am thinking about a 3-night visit to Highlands Mountain Retreat in Golden Gate in October -- it looks like there is electricity there, but can someone give me some advice please about whether this is provided by a generator in camp, and what hours the generator runs? Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:39 pm

Hi Mediachameleon,
The electricity is supplied by Eskom, the generator is only been used when there's a power failure. Hope this answers your question.

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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby mediachameleon » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:10 pm

It does indeed -- many thanks for the quick and helpful reply, Boorgatspook. Holding thumbs for my reservation! best wishes.

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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:13 am

Keep a lookout here, we've just been to GG, and will do a sort of info report.
Still in SA at the moment, but I can tell you that you'll love the Retreat! Power was no problem during our 4 nights there, but if you want bacon & eggs for breakfast you'll have to bring a pan for that. There isn't a suitable pan in the bungalow. The only minus point we could find, and reported to the manager.
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby jeroenvm » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:30 pm

Just back from 2 days of camping at Glen Reenen. Lovely warm sunny weather, with lots of wind and chilly at night. We tried the hike up to the mountain top but the steep section with the slippery rocks and chains was too much for my SO to handle, so we did the all other available trails in a few hours. No animals spotted except for some big lizards.
Both nights there was very loud 'shouting' and grunting noises coming from the park - any idea what animal that could have been?

The campsite is nice but the noise of the road going straight through it was no fun, with heavy trucks and speeding cars passing all night. The speedbumps placed by the camping only seem to make the noise more annoying as they need to brake and rev up several times. Perhaps a local 20km/hr speed limit and a few functioning speed cameras would do the trick?
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Maps on the website

Unread postby Pandy » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:13 pm

We've got some family booked at Van Reenan camp and some at Brandwag for Christmas. Are the resorts very far apart? The maps supplied on the website are not very helpful in terms of identifying each of the accommodation options.

The forum looks great - but perhaps older comments should be removed.

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Re: Maps on the website

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:19 pm

Welcome to the forums!

Your question is slightly too early, I'm still only starting to sort my photos. I have a photo showing both the hotel and Glen Rheenen camp...
It's a little walk, maybe 10~15 minutes, but you can of course use the car.
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Re: Maps on the website

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:33 pm

Glen Reenen & Brandwag are a few (+ - 2 ?) km apart , a tar road - the main road between Clarens and Phuthadijhba - connects them .
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Re: Maps on the website

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:45 pm

Image

Click on it for a large version. To the right you can see the Brandwag hotel and chalets, on the left is Glen Reenen. This pano was taken from the route to the Echo Ravine.
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Re: Maps on the website

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:02 pm

Beautiful shot DQ!!! :clap: The hills look like so much velvet....it was green velvet when we were there.... :wink:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby cubscorner » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:01 pm

i hope to visit clarens in june 2010, staying at a guest home or b&b. can i:
* do a day trip to golden gate nat'l park from there? specifically, i'd like to do a full day of hiking?
* as above, can i do a day trip to the drakensberg mountains (northern part, natal, i believe it's called, where the amphitheatre is located)?
* i don't plan on renting a vehicle - are there buses and/or mini-buses/taxis that will take me to the entrance point of each of the parks?
* i understand that it's winter there in june - what sort of temperatures should i expect?

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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:36 am

Public transport in South Africa is very limited, especially in the rural areas. I think you will be much better off renting a vehicle and driving on your own. I would not suggest taking a minibus taxi.

A day trip to Golden Gate from Clarence is very possible. Why not stay in the park itself ... link

Expect cold, very cold weather and snow. Temperatures regularly plummet to below freezing. If you plan on hiking, you will have to take all safety precautions, and inform authorities ...

Reaching the Amphitheater is possible, but I would suggest that you rather book yourself accommodation nearer, than drive from Clarence and back. There are some excellent accommodation available in that area.
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Glenn Reenen or Basotho

Unread postby YOBE » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:23 pm

Hello,
we (2 adults & 2 children) want to visit Golden Gate and are looking towards Glenn Reenen or Bosotho Rest Camp to spend te night. Does anybody has any experiance with them and can help us making a choise.
We will be there during winter-time, do you know if heating in a Rondavel is a problem?

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Re: Glenn Reenen or Basotho

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:31 pm

Hi Yobe...Welcome!!! :D

We had a wonderful time in Glen Reenen In GGHNP...in March...don't know about heaters, tho....

See Here for some pics :D
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