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Re: Glenn Reenen or Basotho

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:06 am

Hi and welcome to the forums Yobe!

I have 2 questions, when do you plan to go, and how old are the children?
Glen Reenen does have more options for children , including a playground and walks.
And which season do you intend for your visit?
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Re: Glenn Reenen or Basotho

Unread postby YOBE » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:59 pm

Hi DuQues

Thank you for responding our question.
We're planning to go there at the end of july 2010. Our children will then be 11 and 13 years of age.

greetings

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Golden Gate Camping

Unread postby Orangek » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:18 am

Hi there campers! Hope someone can help me. We have booked to arrive at Golden Gate on 29 January. I have a 2 year old and was wondering about the following:
1. Are there baths in the ladies ablutions?
2. Have the ablutions been upgraded because I have read some negative comments on the forum.
3.Is there a laundry with washing machines - we are there 10 days and I will have to do some washing
4. Has the camp been fenced off? If not what is the safety like?

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Re: Golden Gate Camping

Unread postby Mellory » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:15 am

Hi Orangek

My husband and I did duty (we are honorary rangers) in the camp in Dec 2008 the abultions had just been rebuilt and yes there is a special raised bath for babies/toddlers please remember to take a plug as this appeared to be an ongoing problem whilst we were there, I think we must have replaced them at least 4 times as people tend to take them with them for some reason. At the time there were no washing machines but there is a laundry where hand washing can be done. The camp is not totally fenced off but the access points are gaurded at night, I never at any time felt unsafe. Hope you have a great time in the stunning park.

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Re: Golden Gate Camping

Unread postby Tom124 » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:18 pm

Believe me, SANParks make effort effort to ensure security. Hope you have a great time, with as little laundry as possible! :lol:
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Re: Glenn Reenen or Basotho

Unread postby Darwin » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:23 am

Hi YOBE

The Basotho CV is definitely something different but I agree Glen Reenen has more options for kids.

Winter in the mountains is very cold but Glen Reenen chalets are equipped for that with electric blankets on the beds and heaters. Some of the cottages have excellent fire places inside! I haven't stayed at Basotho yet so can't comment.

Another advantage of GR is it is close to the beautiful town of Clarence and if the weather does not allow hiking or outdoor activities a visit to the town is a must!

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Re: Golden Gate Camping

Unread postby Orangek » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:59 am

Thanks everyone for your feedback. I went into the Sanparks office and they did not give me the info you have. This forum is a wonderful tool for those of us who have not been to some of the parks. I have done most of them so if you ever need any info I hope I can assist in return.

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Golden gate Ribbok parking

Unread postby marikedp » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:22 am

Elo!

We are hiking the Ribbok in May and I was just wondering if there is safe parking for the vehicles for the night? :hmz:

Thanks!

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Re: Golden gate Ribbok parking

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:32 am

Hi and warm welcome to the forums, Marikedp :D
You can find some info regarding parking here.
Darwin wrote :
We parked our vehicles at the Glen Reenen rest camp under the trees at the petrol station and all was fine however just a word of caution, during December a freak storm/wind came past and one of the big branches of the same tree we used broke down and smashed a BMW standing underneath. :hmz:

My advice would be to find out from the reception were it will be safe to leave your vehicles.

Am sure that you will be getting more advice from other forum members too !
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Re: Golden gate Ribbok parking

Unread postby marikedp » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:35 am

Thank you for the info! And thanks for the warm welcome!

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Re: Golden gate Ribbok parking

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:41 am

:thumbs_up:
Please let us know how you found the Trail and the hiking ! :D
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Golden Gate in 2 hours

Unread postby Bekke » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:46 pm

We are driving through Golden Gate in July (from Drakensberg towards Clarens) and will probably have 1.5 - 2 hours to try and get a glimpse of this park (I know - not nealry enough!). What are the not-to-miss areas to visit?

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Re: Golden Gate in 2 hours

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:58 pm

The entry gate :roll:
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Re: Golden Gate in 2 hours

Unread postby Bekke » Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:05 pm

I would rather miss the entry gate (for insurance purposes...)

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Re: Golden Gate in 2 hours

Unread postby PARKADDICT » Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:24 pm

I went through Golden Gate on Saturday, and apart from the spectacular scenery, there was not one single animal.
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