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Golden Gate Highlands

About Golden Gate Highlands

The Golden Gate Highlands is a National Park in South Africa in the provinces of Free State. The park was established on 01.01.1963 and covers an area of 0.116 km². The Golden Gate Highlands offers the possibility of self-drive safaris.

The park is situated on the border with Lesotho and is about 320 km from Johannesburg. The park is situated in the Rooiberge in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. The Caledon River forms the southern border of the park. The highest peak in the park is Ribbokkop. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park owes its name to the golden glow of the sandstone cliffs in the late afternoon. Its appeal lies mainly in the dramatic scenery and hiking opportunities. The park is home to a variety of animals adapted to the highland grassland habitat, including several unusual species of antelope.

General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Bad
  • 250Bird species
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Official Name

Golden Gate Highlands

Provinces

Free State

Area

0.116 km2

Foundation

1963-01-01

Vegetation

No information

Habitats

Grassland savannah,Woodland

Big Five-reserves

No

Self-drive-reserve

No

Entrance gates

1

Highlights

The park is situated on the border with Lesotho and is about 320 km from Johannesburg. The park is situated in the Rooiberge in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. The Caledon River forms the southern border of the park. The highest peak in the park is Ribbokkop. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park owes its name to the golden glow of the sandstone cliffs in the late afternoon. Its appeal lies mainly in the dramatic scenery and hiking opportunities. The park is home to a variety of animals adapted to the highland grassland habitat, including several unusual species of antelope.

Landscape

The main habitat of the Golden Gate Highlands is the Grassland savannah.

Most of the park is highland grassland with patches of forest in gorges and ravines where it is protected from very cold conditions and fire. With 60 different species of grasses, this is the only grassland national park in South Africa.

Entrance gate
Name Location
West North West
General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Bad
  • 250Bird species
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The best travel time for Golden Gate Highlands
The best travel time

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Weather and climate

Excellent Good Okay Poor
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Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
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Dec

Best tavel time

October (Beginning) - May (End)


Dry time

May (Beginning) - September (End)

Climate

chilly-mild


Tavel time

October (Beginning) - April (End)

Climate

cool-warm


High season

October (Beginning) - March (End)


Low season

October (Beginning) - March (End)


No information

The climate in Golden Gate Highlands is mild. The rainy season takes place from Beginning October to End April The dry season first extended over the months from Beginning May to End September inclusive. The best time to tour is Beginning October End May.

The park has a dry, sunny climate from June to August. Between October and April there are showers, hail and thunderstorms. In winter there are heavy snowfalls and the park has a relatively high amount of precipitation.

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Top animal species

The Golden Gate Highlands is home to 0 mammals such as Aardwolf, African wild cat, Baboon, Black Wildebeest, Cape porcupine as well as 250 bird species, 0 reptile species, 0 fish species and 0 amphibian species. The Golden Gate Highlands provides Very high conditions for wildlife viewing.

Aardwolf

Aardwolf

African wild cat

African wild cat

Baboon

Baboon

Black Wildebeest

Black Wildebeest

Cape porcupine

Cape porcupine

Caracal

Caracal

Common eland

Common eland

Duiker

Duiker

Jackal

Jackal

Mongoos

Mongoos

Zebra

Zebra

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