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“Stunning view”

Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Free State
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Centurion, South Africa
1 review
“Stunning view”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

One of the most beautiful places on earth! Because we have a Wild card, we didn't have to pay an entrance fee. The views are stunning, and the weather at this time of the year is excellent for visiting the park, going on any of the unguided hikes and for participating in the adventour activities in the park. We only went to the park for a day visit from Clarens. Although it is close enough and easy to reach, we will definitely make use of the overnight facilities the next time we visit. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Booked accommodation not provided”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We visited the Golden Gate National Park as Sanparks offered special rates during January 2013. A friend turned 40, we booked a weekend as her gift. We specifically booked unit 30, as it has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and would accommodate 5 adults and still allow each couple their own privacy

Upon our arrival, we were told that unit was 30 was not available as it was closed off for maintenance. Upon closer inspection we found that unit 30 was occupied by Kruger park staff. We approached camp manager John Martiens - we were told by him the unit was closed because of a crack in a wall - unit 30 was apparently unsafe for paying guests to stay in. The following morning the cleaner told us that it was closed because of a leaking toilet. Obviously someone was lying. we were offered a unit with 2 bunk-beds, we're adults & bunk-beds are not uncomfortable plus the rondawel which had no fridge "suspect"

Upon our check out we were told - Unit 30 was allocated to the new reserve manager who's staff house was not ready yet -- paying guest had to pay the price for lies, deceit and bad management.

Were promised an accommodation voucher (complimentary on a new date) by the camp manager Mr John Martiens - enquired @ check-out but received nothing

Visited January 2013
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“Golden Gate National Park- Basotho Cultural Village rest camp”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

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.

The Eastern Free State is one of South Africa's best hidden secrets and a true gem for nature lovers.

Visited December 2012
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Essex
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“Golden Place to visit”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We were taken to Golden Gate National Park by my sister in law and hiked to the top of the Brandberg, what an experience! It is not an easy climb but well worth it both from the point of view of the exercise and the view from the top. There are various treks you can undertake but you must check in at the visitor centre first where the very friendly and helpful staff will give you a map and tell you everything you need to know. Then cross the road, go through the campsite and have the time of your lives. A drive through the part after our hike was another highlight and, while ther was not that much game, we saw zebras, wildebests, baboons and antelope of various types.

Visited July 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“There's more to the Free State than you think!”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

A lot of the Free State is flat and dull. If you drove through on the N1 between Cape Town and Jo'burg you would never know how lovely the Maloti mountains are with the late afternoon light tinting their sandstone cliffs gold and orange. The Glen Reenen campsite provides comfortable accommodation mostly in rondavels equipped for self catering. Many walks start from the camp and there are two scenic circular drives nearby.

Visited October 2012
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