We recently stayed at the Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp in this breathtakingly beautiful National Park. The Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp is 20 awesome km's from the Glen Reenen Rest Camp in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. This is the place to be if you are looking for peace and tranquility and nature in abundance and if you really want to get away from it all. We had amazing sunsets, and big herds of eland, black wildebeest, Springbok grazing just below our hut. The Rest Camp itself is designed in the form of Basotho Kraals, and the architecture of the huts resemble the Basotho style. The huts (not more than 25) are situated on the slope of the mountain and perfectly appointed. The huts are fully equipped with everything you need- fully equipped kitchens, Weber braai and comfortable showers. The beds are very comfortable if a bit short for very tall people. The view from the porch is spectatular. There are no TV sets so not the place to be if you want to watch television, or if you need crowds or other luxuries such as spa treatments. It is also self-catering. However, there are many restaurants in Clarens, a picturesque tourist village about 40kms away. But having a braai on your own "stoep" is really what you would want to do here. Also, there is not much to do aside from hiking and taking in the beautiful surroundings. We did an exceptional hike up the mountain, accompanied by a traditional Basotho traditional healer who explained the medicinal properties of the plants we encountered along the way. This walk leads to a cave with San Rock paintings in the natural setting. It was an amazing and unique experience. We also did the Basotho Cultural Village tour which was slightly more touristy, but fun and interesting. For both these tours , enquire at reception at the Basotho Cultural Village. It is a very good idea to combine this destination with the Drakensberg mountains which is about an hour's drive away. Just be careful- the road leading to Oliviershoek Pass is really very bad and you cannot do this in a normal sedan. We had a great time. In addition we did a hike form Glen Reenen Rest Camp every day. The hikes are about 3 hours each. There is also a natural rock pool with a waterfall at Glen Reenen. I would not stay at Glen Reenen, though because there is a busy national road running through the camp.
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