In the upper valley of the Little Caledon River and a few kilometres from Clarens, the Golden Gate National Park is world renowned for its stunning scenery.
Hugging the edge of the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the park covered an area of 11 600ha. Wind and water have wrought and twisted the sandstone into magnificent cliffs which glow blood red and golden at sunset and after rain - a never-to-be-forgotten sight.
The amalgamation of QwaQwa National Park was completed in 2007, increasing the park's area to 84,016 acres.
Nature and game lovers are in for a treat while visiting this beautiful part of the eastern Free State.
Eland, springbok, grey rhebok, black wildebeest, baboon and many birds - lammergeyers, black eagles, jackal buzzards and rock pigeons can be found within the borders of the Golden Gate National Park.
Numerous paleontology finds have been made in the park including dinosaur eggs and skeletons.
Horse-riding, lovely walks and climbs, including the two-day Rhebok Hiking Trail, are favourite pastimes of travellers to the Golden Gate area. When going on one of these spectacular outdoor adventures, visitors should make sure that their cameras are loaded with plenty of film or memory - the scenery is a photographer's heaven!
Activities & Things to Do in Golden Gate Highlands National Park: