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Excellence in the Northern Region Parks awarded at an event in Golden Gate

Date: 2013-06-28

The South African National Park’s (SANParks) Northern Cluster parks, consisting of three national parks (Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site, Marakele National Park and Golden Gate Highlands National Park), Achievement Awards took place on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at the Golden Gate Hotel in the Free State. This is one of the initiatives driven by the annual Kudu Awards in an attempt to award excellence throughout SANParks.

Wild Card Members: 10% discount at Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp

Date: 2012-08-28

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Media Release: Heaviest snowfall in six years in Golden Gate

Date: 2012-08-07

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, managed by South African National Parks is covered in a blanket of snow and it is continuing to fall. According to Gerrit Potgieter, Hotel Manager: Golden Gate and Chalets, “this is the heaviest snowfall we have seen since 2006. The snow is continuing to fall and is really thick.” 

Vote for Clarens in the Town of the Year competition!

Date: 2012-07-27

Golden Gate Highlands National Park is collaborating with Clarens in an effort to win the national title as Town of the Year, which will benefit the park greatly.

Clarens, the Freestate winner in Town of the Year competition!

Date: 2012-07-13

The town of Clarens, situated in close proximity to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park has been voted as the Freestate winner in the Town of the Year competition, hosted by Rapport and Kwêla.

Clarens turns 100

Date: 2012-05-29

The Jewel of the Free State, as the town of Clarens has come to be known, will mark its big 100-years since establishment, with the consulting agency handling the weekend-long affair promising fireworks and never-ending celebrations.


Visitor Survey: Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Date: 2012-04-23

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park visitor survey has been developed to provide information to determine the impact of biodiversity on visitor experiences at the Golden Highlands Gate National Park. Your input will help conservation of biodiversity and improve visitor experiences. The information on this questionnaire will be treated confidentially.

Media Release: Ancient Dinosaur Nursery - The Oldest nesting site ever found.

Date: 2012-01-24

An excavation at a site in South Africa has unearthed the 190-million-year-old dinosaur nesting site of the prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylus — revealing significant clues about the evolution of complex reproductive behaviour in early dinosaurs. 

News Release: SANParks shine at PMR Africa Awards

Date: 2011-08-30

On Friday 26 August, Golden Gate Highlands National Park scooped three awards at the Professional Management Review (PMR) Awards held at the Bains Game Loge in Bloemfontein.

It’s snowing in Golden Gate!

Date: 2011-07-26

Snow has descended upon our Golden Gate Highlands National Park and what a sight it is!

Drakensberg Boys Choir to perform at Golden Gate on 10th September

Date: 2011-08-03

Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP); together with the Drakensberg Boys Choir and the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Honorary Rangers will be hosting a musical festival at Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets from 9th -10th September 2011.

Winter Wonderland at our very own Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Date: 2011-06-09

Visitors to Golden Gate Highlands National Park on the 9th of June 2011 were treated to nature’s spectacular unveiling of winter in the Free State. The snowfall yesterday and this morning turned the park into a white wonderland.

Media Release: Golden Gate Highlands NP to celebrate World Wetlands Day

Date: 2010-01-26

South African National Parks (SANParks) and Golden Gate Highlands National Park will be participating in an intergovernmental celebration of World Wetlands Day on Tuesday, 2 February 2010.

Media Release: Fire at Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp in Golden Gate razes 9 units

Date: 2009-09-08

In the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, September 2009) a fire raged at the rest camp of the Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

Golden Gate’s Brandwag Hotel undergoing revamp

Date: 2009-07-01

The Brandwag Hotel in the Golden Gate National Park is currently being revamped and is set to offer an even higher level of comfort and entertainment to its guests.

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

Date: 2008-12-05

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.

Brandwag Hotel Upgrade

Date: 2008-04-18

Please note that the Brandwag Hotel will be undergoing extensive upgrading between the 12th of January 2009 and the 31st of March 2010.

HR NEC and Chairpersons Meet in GGHNP

Date: 2008-02-21

On Friday 15 February the Honorary Rangers National Executive Committee met in one of South Africa’s most spectacular parks, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The Chairpersons from the various regions met there on Saturday 16 February.

Renovation of Ablution Blocks At Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Date: 2008-01-24

Please note that as part of the ongoing efforts to improve facilities, Glen Reenen Rest Camp in Golden Gate National Park is busy renovating ablution blocks for their camping area. Park management would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause to guests.

Bookings Open for GHNP Big Birding Day 2008

Date: 2008-01-24

Bookings are open for the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GHNP) Big Birding day that will run from the 18-20 April 2008.

First Braille Brochure for SANParks

Date: 2007-12-11

SANParks Northern Region (Mapungubwe, Marakele and Golden Gate) has published SANParks first ever braille brochure for visually impaired visitors.

Branding Survey: Complete and Win!!

Date: 2007-08-15

Complete this SANParks branding questionnaire by the 17 August 2007 and stand a chance to win a 2-night midweek break for 2 (two) adults and 2 (two) children in one of the South African National Parks.

A Lighter, Whiter Golden Gate

Date: 2007-06-27

Golden Gate Highlands National Park has been blanketed in a soft layer of snow, as a series of cold fronts sweep across South Africa. This highlands park welcomes the annual winter snow fall, as the characteristic warm and mellow shades of gold for which the park is famous, transform into an ermine covered winterscape of dancing white light...

Northern Region Rewards Excellence

Date: 2007-04-23

In an effort to recognise the skills and dedication of our employees, the Northern Region of SANParks held the 1st Regional Achievement Awards in Golden Gate Highlands National Park on 12 April 2007.

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

Date: 2007-03-07

If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...

Working for Wetlands, Changing Lives

Date: 2006-10-31

Working for Wetlands is an Extended Public Works Program (EPWP) funded by Department of Environmental Affairs And Tourism (DEAT) through South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) aimed at wetlands rehabilitation and restoration. Central to the program is job creation, entrepreneurial skills development, training and social up-liftment...

KZN HRs Funding New Hide at GG, (one putt at a time...)

Date: 2006-10-11

The SANParks (South African National Parks) Honorary Rangers of KZNatal held their annual golf day at the Maritzburg Country Club recently...

It's Snowing Again!!

Date: 2006-08-02

Just as we thought that winter was coming to an end at Golden Gate National Park, and that the snow that we had earlier this year was all we could expect for the season, yesterday’s rain showers turned much colder and whiter! It's snowing again, and more snow is expected over the next few days, making this week / weekend the perfect time to come and visit our winter wonderland...

SANParks takeover Management of Protea Brandwag Hotel

Date: 2006-07-31

South African National Parks is taking over the management of the Golden Gate Hotel, formally known as the Golden Gate Protea Hotel, with effect from Tuesday, August 1 2006.

Draft Park Management Plan

Date: 2006-07-27

Here is the draft management plan for Camdeboo National Park The management plans are also in the process of discussion with stakeholders at scheduled park-specific meetings. Details regarding the time, place and venues for these meetings can be obtained from park management. For more information, visit :

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