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.

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Royal Coachman
13.1 km

From R550 pps

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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

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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

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Jovali
17.1 km

From R400 pps


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

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Willow Creek
18.4 km

From R1700* unit


Sitting on the wooden deck, perched above your own private stream and waterfall, you can enjoy a sundowner and almost listen to the peace. Willow Creek Villas (A&B) are a pair of luxury semi detac... More Info

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The Clarens Country House
18.5 km

From R650 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

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Waterford House
18.7 km

From R4000* unit


The charming artistic village of Clarens, situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and just 3 hours by car from Johannesburg, is the picturesque location for The Clarens Golf Estate, Golden ... More Info

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Aquila
18.8 km

From R1600* unit


Aquila, meaning 'Eagle’, is a home on the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate in the picturesque town of Clarens. A popular tourist getaway destination, Clarens is the ideal town in which to relax over a we... More Info

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Highlands-Chalets
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

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Studio 28 Clarens
18.9 km

From R375 pps


Situated in the lovely village of Clarens in the Eastern Free State Highlands, Studio 28 offers luxury self-catering accommodation in 2 separate apartments. Close to Golden Gate National Park, Strekfo... More Info

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