Free State (East) – Golden Gate Highlands National Park
About the Birding
The R712 tar road that cuts through the park can be quite busy traffic wise so best to focus your birding exploits along the two game drive loops in Golden Gate itself as well as walks around the Glen Reenen Rest Camp, the Golden Gate Hotel, the Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp (including access road) and at the vulture hide.
About the Birding Site
Golden Gate Highlands National Park lies in the cradle of the Maluti Mountains in the north eastern Free State and provides access to a good mix of montane bird species set in stunning mountain scenery. The Park’s name comes from the stunning hues of gold caused by the sun on the sandstone cliffs, particularly the sheer Brandwag rock.
Other Related Information
Golden Gate Highlands National Park may be reached on the tarred R712 from the east (Harrismith) or the west (Bethlehem-Clarens). Golden Gate Reception (at Glen Reenen Rest Camp): -28.505861, 28.617639
Access and facilities:
Daily conservation fees payable. WildCard applicable. Map obtainable at Glen Reenen Reception.
Fuel (Petrol/Diesel) available at Glen Reenen Restcamp as well as a basic shop.
Glen Reenen also has a fascinating Interpretation Centre at reception which includes: An Introduction to Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Birds, Geology, Fauna, Vegetation, Palaeontology, History, Activities, Facilities, Climate and Rock Art of Golden Gate Highlands National Park.