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Re: Golden Gate: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:27 am

Since there are no fridges or freezers in the camp, how available is ice in the camp? Is there a shop on the hotel side?
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Re: Golden Gate: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Unread postby Hugh » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:57 pm

We went up to the hotel for ice but this was a few years back.Not sure if they still sell it. Lovely site lots of shade..
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Re: Golden Gate: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Unread postby Cherries » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:29 am

There is a small shop at Glen Reenen right opposite the caravan and camping site. This pic shows the reception are and the sign for the shop. Lovely spot - I hope you enjoy. The shop did sell ice although it was iced lollies we were needing!! :lol:

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The caravan park has lovely big trees with lots of shade and I am sorry that I didn't take photos of the site. We walked through the campsite. There is a little stream that flows round it which is very relaxing. I don't have to tell the seasoned campers that some of the sites can get quite muddy if there has been lots of rain!! :roll:
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Re: Golden Gate: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:49 am

Thanks Jackie.
Will need ice to keep food cold since there are no fridges.
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Re: Golden Gate: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:04 pm

Has anyone stayed at the Highlands Mountain Retreat? Is it part of the Glen Reenen rest camp? Is it easily accessible and would you recommend staying there? When we last visited this Park a few years back it was before the improvements were done and we think this camp/site may be new. Thank you very much in advance
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Re: Golden Gate: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Unread postby Mellory » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:36 am

Hi Grantmissy yes we have had the priveledge of staying at the mountain retreat and no it is not part of the Glen Reenen Camp the camp is set below the moutains where as the retreat is on top it is quite a steep road getting there but absolutely AWESOME the view,peace,tranquility etc just has to be experienced you will not regret it. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Golden Gate: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:39 am

We visited Glen Reenen in Golden Gate during the weekend of 10 December 2010 and it was a delight. The camp is kept very clean and tidy and it is very peaceful. Although we are aware that Golden Gate is more for the scenery we saw Oribi, Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok and two Jackals on the drives close to Glen Reenen. Mellory unfortunately we could not find space in the Highlands Mountain Retreat but we saw the turn-of on the Oribi loop. The very friendly Receptionist at Glen Reenen told us that the Mountain Retreat is very popular and a person should book well in advance. Maybe next time as we really want to stay there. We stayed in a cottage and had a perfect view of the Buttress. At night it is lightened and it is so beautiful.
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Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby tennisball » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:36 pm

Can anyone tell me what exactly the swimming facility is in Glen Reenen Camp (small, large, far from camp, short walk, nearby etc) and whether it is available in December?

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Re: Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:52 pm

Are you asking about the waterfall with the swimming hole?
You can drive partway, but will have to walk some....it's a delightful little place :D
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You can walk the whole way..easily...not far from the rondavels ;)
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Re: Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby tennisball » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:11 pm

Wonderful to get such a prompt answer; thank you! The picture is lovely; does this waterfall ever run dry i.e can we be sure of getting a swim in mid December? :D

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Re: Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:15 pm

My pleasure tennisball :D

We were there in February...there was plenty of water ;)

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Re: Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby Son godin » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:22 pm

Tennisball,

Golden gate is in a summer rainfall area and you sure to have enough water to swim if you brave enough like CC to jump into the cold pool. :wink: Luckily its warm in Dec so I think you will enjoy the refreshing experience. Just be careful when walking on the rocks to slide down the fall. Its very slippery and you will loose a bit of skin like I did a few year back. :redface:
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Re: Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:29 pm

I wasn't brave enough to slide down the falls.....was worried I would damage my bathing suit in the first days of my travel in Africa... :slap:
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Re: Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby tennisball » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:26 am

Such useful info; many tks CC and VR!
Would appreciate comments on the accommodation on offer...it all looks good, is it? :hmz:

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Re: Golden Gate/ Glen Reenen camp

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:21 pm

The rondevals are a bit dated...but clean...we were booked to share with another adult couple for our stay and the first night we were each given our own :shock: I tried to explain that this was a mistake but no...we were given #13 & 15. The next morning there was a HUGE note on the sliding glass door asking me to come to reception.....we were then moved in together. :lol:

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