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Media Release: Golden Gate Highlands National Park – to attract more tourists to the Free State

05 December 2008

In a move poised to boost the fledgling economy of the Free State province, Golden Gate Highlands National Park – already a popular domestic and international tourism destination – is set to attract even more visitors this year.

This follows the opening of the beautiful accommodation outlet, the Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp. This development in the park includes 24 accommodation units that are available as from 05 December 2008.

Situated against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg Mountain range in the foothills of the Maluti mountains of the Kingdom of Lesotho in the eastern Free State Province, Golden Gate is easily accessible to visitors from most parts of the country, particularly those from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State Province.

The Basotho Cultural Village, which is situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park following the incorporation of the former Qwa Qwa Nature Reserve, is one of the successful living cultural museums in South Africa and already attracts tourists throughout the year. The very popular Basotho Cultural Village provided an opportunity for extension and a decision was taken to provide tourism accommodation as part of the current facility.

The new accommodation will support the Basotho Cultural Village theme, with views over the plains where game congregates in large numbers during certain times of the year. This camp offers the following number of economy self-catering facilities: 12 x 2 bed units and 12 x 4 bed units. As part of our opening special, we will include a tour of the Basotho Cultural Village living cultural museum for every booking at the rate of R475 per night as a once off and coordinated through the cultural village. Pensioners will get a discount on booking.

Issued by:

Cassius Selala: Regional Communications Officer, Northern Region Parks, South African National Parks, tel: (012) 426-5195 or 078- 223-6682


Gabriel Motsosi: Tourism Manager, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South African National Parks, tel: (058)-255 1013