About the Lodge
The north eastern Free State's Maluti Mountain range rests gently against Golden Gate Highlands National Park. From here, the arresting Brandwag overhang radiates a glorious golden hue (leaving no question as to where the park aquired its name or why) as it stands sentry over Glen Reenen rest camp.
Hiking trails snake in and around the area, allowing the enthusiastic game or bird watcher ample viewing from the privacy of their own vehicle (or horseback, if they prefer).
Six rondawels are made available by the Glen Reenen Camp:
• Two double-bedroom units, accommodating four people each. One of these units is also wheelchair accessible
• A double bedroom unit which sleeps four. All rondawel units are equipped with kitchens, WCs and showers.
• Longdawel units are also available, the first being wheelchair accessible, with two single beds, with a matching, non-wheelchair friendly unit also available.
• A second unit comes with a double bed. These units come standard with barbeque facilities, kitchens, televisions, WCs and showers
Four family cottage units are also available for accommodation:
• Two double-bedroom units which sleep four, including two on a stack bed.
• A one bedroom unit, sleeping four, with two on a stack bed.
• An additional two bedroom unit which sleeps six, with a stack bed, two single beds, and a double. All family cottages are equipped with barbeque facilities, fireplaces, kitchens, televisions, WCs and showers.
• Farmhouse accommodation is also available, the unit sleeping six people in two bedrooms and a sleeper couch in the living area. High ground clearance vehicles are recommended for getting to and from the farmhouse. Included in the accommodation is a kitchen, lounge/dining room with a fireplace, WCs, a shower and a bath.
General activities in the Golden Gate Highlands national park include the Rhebok hiking trail (2 days and 1 night), for up to eighteen people per group. Advance booking essential here, and hikers are requested to provide all their own necessities. Additional shorter nature trails are offered, none of which require prior booking, and game viewing can be conducted at guests' own leisure, from the comfort of their own vehicle.
Holiday programs at Glen Reenen are facilitated during the April and December holidays, details being available from reception. Additionally, the park offers environmental education course, leisure sports such as bowls, tennis, table tennis and snooker at its fine hotel, as well as horse riding, and absailing and canoeing for guests using the Wilgenhof Environmental Education Centre.
Pets are not allowed inside of the park, and firearms must be declared, then sealed on arrival. Seals will be broken at the Glen Reenen reception office upon departure.
Vehicle repair, medical, post office and police services at Clarens or Bethlehem.
Hikers on day or night trails will need to bring a sufficient amount of their own water, as well as appropriate attire, keeping in mind the area is prone to sudden shifts in weather.
The Golden Gate Highlands National Park plays host to Black Wildebeest, blesbok, duiker, eland, and Grey Rhebok, as well as springbok, Red Haartebeest, and steenbok.
Birding in the high mountains of the area often yields Bearded Vulture, while other large birds in the lower lying areas of the park include Black Stork, Bald Ibis, Cape Vulture, Verreaux’s (Black) and Martial Eagle, Jackal Buzzard, Lanner and Peregrine Falcon, Rock Kestrel and Black and Alpine Swift.
Vegetation in Golden Gate is divided into grassland and woodland/forest. In the valleys and on the south-eastern sides of certain slopes, Leucosidea sericea (ouhout) woodland. There are also isolated patches of Protea woodland (Protea caffra, P. roupelliae and P. subvestita).The two dominant veld types are Highland-Sourveld and the Themeda-Festuca veld.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park:
• Equidistant from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein.
• Easily accessible via excellent tarred road.
• Public road runs through the park.
• Roads to Glen Reenen in the park are tarred.
GPS: -28.5077 (latitude), 28.6187 (longitude)