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Re: Golden Gate - See if you can see....

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:25 pm

They were both taken by you Duco :wink:

Seriously, the first photo shows the Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp.

Not familiar with the structures in the second photo :hmz: but I will guess that they a real life Basotho village

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Re: Golden Gate - See if you can see....

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:04 pm

The second photo is of the Mountain Retreat, taken from the BCV indeed.
I now know I should have looked better through a longer lens or the binocs, and I would have seen the BCV from the Retreat.... :doh:

How many people knew that?
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Re: Golden Gate - See if you can see....

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:06 pm

:slap: My mistake. Didn't id the cultural village. :roll:

No the second photo is the Highland retreat. 8)
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Golden Gate Highlands

Unread postby avidtraveller » Tue May 29, 2012 4:19 am

This is my first time posting here so please excuse if I make a mistake or ask a silly question. My husband and I will be driving into Clarens on 9th Sept from Ermelo (coming from Kruger). We are both in our mid 60's and are not into hiking, fishing or bird watching but I've been told the scenery is spectacular in this park and that is what we enjoy looking at. Is it possible to just drive though the park the next day on the way to Ladysmith or further south or is it a place where more time is needed and if so doing what? Google Maps say it's only a 178km drive to Ladysmith from Clarens so I'm thinking perhaps that would give us enough time to meander thru the park? Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Golden Gate Highlands

Unread postby DuQues » Tue May 29, 2012 6:48 am

Welcome to the forums!

Golden Gate is indeed a park which has fantastic scenery. And a road right through it, so you can indeed just go through.
There are only 2 loops, which almost connect, and both are very well worth driving. They do not take a lot of time if you are not into birding. Though you will want to stop here and there for the views.

The easiest way to explain it: click the link under this text, and navigate to the photos we took in Golden Gate. Not all of the photos were taken there, but most will give you an idea what the park looks like.
Having a break at the Basotho village for some coffee and a snack is something I would recommend....
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Re: Golden Gate Highlands

Unread postby avidtraveller » Tue May 29, 2012 7:10 am

Thanks so much. Your pics are great and the scenery looks beautiful.

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Re: Golden Gate Highlands

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue May 29, 2012 7:23 am

Avidtraveller :D a very warm welcome.

I am sure that you will enjoy this magnificent scenery. Have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Golden Gate Highlands

Unread postby Morkel777 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:55 pm

You sure won't regret visiting this amazing park!

If you want an idea of the scenery - check out my latest trip report which covers a trip we did in April 2011 to Golden Gate. :lol:

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=63355

All the best with planning your trip and I hope you have good sightings and weather all around!
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Re: Golden Gate Highlands

Unread postby avidtraveller » Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:59 am

Many thanks Morkel. Your pictures are stunning! :clap: Wish we could spend more time rather than just driving thru. Can't wait to show my husband your pics tonight when he gets home. He will be as anxious as I to get there and see it for ourselves. You mentioned your next stop being MZNP. Don't think I've run across that before. Where is it? 8 weeks and counting to our arrival time in S.A.

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Re: Golden Gate Highlands

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:50 am

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Golden Gate Highlands - management

Unread postby Joel » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:47 pm

Hi,

I spent the weekend at Golden Gate National Park and I wonder whether someone would be able to answer the following questions.

1- why are cacti (exotic to SA & potentially invasive) planted in the gardens of the Basotho village?
2- when did the QwaQwa section become part of the expanded GGNP? what will happen to the remaining farm buildings (about 4 clusters seen)?
3- is there plans afoot to link the NP to the sterkfontein dam nature reserve?
4- any plans to reintroduce predators?

Thanks

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Re: Golden Gate Highlands - management

Unread postby Lesego » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:18 am

Hi Joel; :)

I have sent your questions to Golden Gate and hoping they will get back to me shortly.
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Re: Golden Gate Highlands - management

Unread postby DuQues » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:25 am

Answer for question #2:
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, and the MEC of the Free State Province, Mr Sakhiwo Belot, today (Thursday, 18 March 2004) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Basotho Cultural Village in the Eastern Free State for the incorporation of the QwaQwa National Park to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2004/04031813461001.htm

On 21 November 2008 the QwaQwa National Park (95 properties) were included in the park increasing the park to its current size of 32,690ha.

That and more you can find in the (draft) Management plan
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Re: Golden Gate Highlands - management

Unread postby Joel » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:34 pm

Thanks DuQues. But I wonder what is happening now. That info is at least 4 years old.

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Re: Golden Gate Highlands - management

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:52 pm

But answered question #2. That will not change.

To sort of answer #1: Cacti do not really become invasive if kept in a garden. It is not as if they grow fast.

As for the rest I have no idea, but Sterkfontein is quite a ways away, with a village or two in between.
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