Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 6
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 5

Lookout for

Black Wildebeest
Oribi
Common Duiker
Zebra
Red Hartebeest
Springbok
Blesbok
Eland

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp. The unique 11 600 hectares park is pure highland grassland habitat home to a variety of mammals such as black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra. Prolific grassland and montane bird species can be found here including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the bald ibis which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs. Ribbokkop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening. The vistas and geographic formations in the park make for a photographer's delight!

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 11600
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier)
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Clarens

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp, Golden Gate Affordable Self-catering
Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Affordable Self-catering
Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets Affordable Full Board, Self-catering
Highlands Mountain Retreat, Golden Gate Affordable Self-catering

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Species list Map Info

Key Species

MAMMALS
Zebra
Eland


BRIDS
Bald Ibis
Verreaux’s Eagle
Cape Vulture
Jackal Buzzard
Drakenberg Siskin


REPTILES
Leopard Tortoise


TREES
Oldwood


HABITAT TYPES
Grassland
Montane