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Golden Gate Highland National Park

Afrikaans name: Golden Gate Hoogland Nasionale Park

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The Golden Gate Highland National Park in the Free State, South Africa

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The beautiful Buttress in Golden Gate Highland National Park

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The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is the only national park in the Free State. It is 340 square kilometres in extent and is located near Clarens.

The park gets its name from the beautiful golden colours that appear on the sandstone cliffs in the early morning and late afternoon.

Activities in the park include hiking, horse-riding and birding.

Accommodation in the park includes a hotel and camp sites.

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is not known for its wildlife but it does have around 100 species of birds on its checklist and mammals such as Mountain Reedbuck, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Oribi and Springbok may possibly be seen.

Visitors Centre

Above - Visitors centre at Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Hotel

Above - Hotel and hotel chalets

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Glen Reenen

Above - Glen Reenen Rest Camp Chalets

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Golden Gate scenery

Above - Spectacular scenery

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Golden Gate lit up

Above - The Golden Gate is lit up at night

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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