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Golden Gate: ADVICE

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Re: Mini TR - Golden Gate

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:10 pm

What were the night temps? My parents are there now, well, should be, but they are at the Mountain Retreat. And we'll be there in just over a month.

Is it green or still dry?

Any photos you could share?
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Re: Mini TR - Golden Gate

Unread postby shortcourse » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:07 pm

Not sure what night temps were - we did check on our phones (weather app) and said 5 degrees - not sure what time we checked though? Whatever it was it was cold!

Days were nice and warm after 9am or so but would definitely take some warm clothes - there are areas where the grass has been burnt so lots of green grass popping through. However still very dry by and large.

Pics unfortunately still on my camera and haven't had a chance to download - good opportunity for night photography as Brandwag is lit up at night although I didn't try this time round!!!

Enjoy your trip!

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

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:44 pm

Two photos, and yes, both taken in Golden Gate. But what is the other connection?
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(Some of the people who have been even many times to this park might be stunned at the answer!)
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Re: Golden Gate - See if you can see....

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:11 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:seriosly, I know thay you are possibly in one of South Africa's best kept secrets.

And I'm going to break that secret.... But I also know that most people will not heed our advice, and will skip this absolute jewel of a park. ;)
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You might be, or not really as I know, but I think the answer might stun you too.
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Re: Golden Gate - See if you can see....

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:50 pm

Imberbe wrote:And the two photos are "opposite ends". By this I mean that you took the one photo from the location which was featured in the other, and other way around. If that makes sense? :doh:

You mean to say that you can see the Mountain Retreat from the Basotho Cultural village, and the other way around? :shock:
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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 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: ADVICE

Unread postby Morkel777 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:58 pm

Some feedback from my last post...we enjoyed our stay in the Highlands Mountain Retreat immensely!
To see some of my photos taken during our trip, check out the TR here:

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

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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: Where to stay

Unread postby Geckophobe » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:01 am

Hi, we have not been to Golden Gate in ages and have booked at the Basotho Cultural Village rest camp for the week-end of 7 September (showing our German Exchange student around). We will be travelling with two teenagers (16) and a six year old. The Basotho Rest Camp seems like a fairly recent addition, and beautiful judging by the pictures on the Sanparks website, fairly secluded and with stunning views and lots of game.

I have a few questions : does anyone know how far the rest camp is from Glen Reenen rest Camp- I could not see this on the map or in the info on the website. We would, for the sake of the children, not like to be too far (as in 30 minutes drive) from the natural swimming pool and the hikes which all start at Glen Reenen.

Has anyone on the forum stayed at the Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp? Would there be any good reason to rather change the booking to Glen Reenen? - I have, however, seen somewhere on the forum that the main road running through there gets rather noisy.

We would prefer peace and quiet and no TV, so we have not considered the Golden Gate Hotel, have to choose between the cultural village and Glen Reenen.

One more question - we assume that the best road from Gauteng would still be the N3 to Harrismith and then the R712 to Golden Gate. Is the R712 still in a good condition- and can we drive it after dark?

Would appreciate any advice.
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