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Golden Gate Highlands National Park is a beautiful natural reserve located in the Free State province of South Africa. With its unique sandstone formations, rolling hills, and diverse wildlife, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.


  • Visit the Main Rest Camp
  • Take a scenic drive through the park
  • Go on a hiking or walking trail
  • Visit the Basotho Cultural Village
  • Explore the Vulture Restaurant
  • Take a guided horse-riding tour
  • Go on a bird-watching tour
  • Visit the Highlands Nature Reserve

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Golden Gate Highlands National Park is from April to September, during the dry winter months. This is when the weather is mild and the landscape is at its most beautiful, with the rolling hills and sandstone formations providing a stunning natural backdrop.

January 20.6 15
February 20.0 20
March 17.8 25
April 14.4 10
May 11.1 5
June 8.3 0
July 8.3 0
August 11.1 5
September 14.4 10
October 17.2 20
November 19.4 25
December 20.0 20

Getting There

Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located approximately 320 km from Johannesburg and can be reached by car in approximately 4 hours. Visitors can also reach the park by taking a flight to the nearby town of Bethlehem and then taking a taxi to the park.


The park offers several accommodation options, including camping sites, self-catering cottages, and lodges. Visitors can choose from a range of options to suit their preferences and budget, with options available both inside and outside the park.

Regardless of where they choose to stay, visitors to Golden Gate Highlands National Park can be assured of a comfortable and convenient experience, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of this unique and special place.