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Vital Information


Mild highveld summers with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and cold winters with occasional snow transforming the park into a white wonderland.

The winter temperatures in Golden Gate can plummet to a mere -9 to -15 degrees C and that snow is a regular occurrence in the park.

Golden Gate primarily falls in a summer rainfall area (Sept to April) and the annual rainfall is approximately 760 mm per year. In very wet years this figure can rise to 1250 mm.

Day Visitors

With a public bypass road running through the park day visitors are welcome to drive through the park.

Fuel Stations: Petrol/ Diesel

Vehicle fuel is available in all parks (or is available on the park periphery):

  • South African legislation stipulates that fuel stations will accept legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.

Office Hours

Monday to Sunday 07:00 - 17:30.

Park Regulations

  • To ensure a safe and joyful trip through our parks, kindly adhere to the Rules and Regulations as stipulated by South African National Parks.
  • The use of drones inside (and over) our national parks is strictly prohibited.

Tips and Hints

  • Pets are not allowed.
  • As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
  • Firearms must be declared and sealed on arrival. Seal will be broken at the reception office upon departure.
  • Vehicle repair, medical, post office and police services at Clarens (17 km) or Bethlehem (± 60 km).
  • Remember to bring a hat, walking shoes, sun block, camera, binoculars and wildlife reference books.
  • Hikers on day and overnight trails must always carry sufficient water.
  • Take cool and light clothing for summer and warm clothing for winter.
  • Area prone to sudden weather changes.

**Visitors with reserved accommodation who arrive after 17:30 may collect the keys to their accommodation at the Security Office, Glen Reenen Filling Station.**

Contact Information

For enquiries e-mail Golden Gate Highlands National Park or phone us on the following numbers:

  • Tel: +27 (0)58 255 1000
  • Fax: +27 (0)58 255-0980

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