Accommodation near Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Nestled at the foot of the Maluti Mountains in the north east of the Free State province, near the land locked kingdom of Lesotho, is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. It was named in 1875 by a farmer after he saw the last rays of the setting sun against the sandstone cliffs on either side of the valley near the Golden Gate dam. The park falls under the management of the South African National Parks authority (SANParks).

This national park covers an area of 340 square kilometres and is home to an abundance of fauna and flora. The wildlife includes animals like the black wildebeest, blesbok, eland, oribi, springbok and zebra, among others. It is also home to rare birds like the bearded vulture and the equally rare bald ibis. These birds breed on the ledges of the sandstone cliffs the park is named for.

Ribbokop is the highest point in the park and it has astoundingly beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. It is most popular to visit at sunset because of the beautiful red, yellow and purple hues which form as the warm shades of the point merge with the shadows cast by the mountains. This lighting and of course the overall landscape of the park, is a photographer's heaven!

Points of interest within the park include the historic Van Reenen Family Graveyard, the striking Brandwag Buttress rock formation, Cathedral Cave, Vulture Restaurant and several lookout points such as Generaalskop (the third highest point in the park), as well as the Zuluhoek viewpoint.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Royal Coachman
13.1 km

From R650 pps

The Royal Coachman lodge offers luxury self-catering accommodation next to a 2.6ha dam well stocked with rainbow and brown trout (river fishing is also available on the property in the Little Caledon)... More Info

De Ark Mountain Lodge
15 km

From R790 pps

De Ark Mountain Lodge with its breath-taking views on the mountains and the picturesque village of Clarens, is the place of restoration for those in need of silence, nature and solitude. Elevated a... More Info

17.1 km

From R850* unit

Wake up each morning (maybe while drinking your early cup of coffee) and marvel at the sunrise over the mountains. Or watch the evening fade while enjoying a glass of wine. While sitting on your patio... More Info

Rehoboth and Meerkat Lodges
17.1 km

From R395 pps

STUNNING VIEWS Our comfortable, well attired lodges combine a farm environment together with a quiet and peaceful place to stay in Clarens, South Africa. The views from our lodges of the surrounding... More Info

Clarens Grand Villa
18 km

From R4104* unit

Welcome to Clarens Grand Villa. A Quiet and peaceful haven surrounded by a 360 mountain view - be spoilt with stunning views from all angles. Set between picturesque Mountains overlooking the quaint a... More Info

The Clarens Country House
18.5 km

From R560 pps

The Clarens Country House is nestled in a wooded corner of the secure Clarens Golf and Estate, where it started out as a sheepshed on the original farm - long before the Golf estate came into being. T... More Info

Saints Rest
18.8 km

From R4000* unit

Saints Rest is a beautiful luxury guesthouse in the Clarens Valley in the Eastern Free State Highlands. Clarens is 20 kms from the Golden Gate National Park, 40 kms from Bethlehem, and on the Lesotho ... More Info

18.8 km

From R320 pps

We have eight chalets which are identical in size and layout however each one has been uniquely decorated and furnished to create its own atmosphere and feel. The array of chalets we off range from o... More Info

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Cranford Inn Chalet
18.8 km

From R300 pps

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Come and visit the beautiful town of Clarens and explore the surrounding areas from one of these well equipped, secure and comfortable chalets. Situated 2km out of the centre of town, these 2 seper... More Info

Aquila - Clarens
18.8 km

From R2800* unit

Aquila self catering @ nr 51 is an upmarket house located on the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate in the picturesque town of Clarens. A popular tourist getaway destination, Clarens is the ideal town in w... More Info

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