Golden Gate

When the sun casts its glow along the sandstone cliffs of the Brandwag Buttress, the already magnificent views are transformed and the park lives up to the gold in its name. Situated in the northern Drakensberg and bordering Lesotho’s northern boundary, it’s also a treasure trove for birders looking for rarities such as the bearded vulture and bald ibis.

With pure mountain air, endless views and several hiking trails, Golden Gate is a weekend destination to revitalise body and soul.
– Rita van den Heever, Wild 22

Main attractions

  • Mountain landscape
  • Basotho Cultural Village
  • Vulture restaurant
  • Cathedral Cave


  • Birding
  • Short and long hiking trails
  • Rhebok overnight hike
  • Game viewing
  • Museum tour
  • Picnic sites

Top sightings: Bearded vulture, bald ibis, springbok, Burchell’s zebra, oldwood tree

Accommodation: Hotel, guest house, cottages, rondavels, log cabins, camping

Office times: 07:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Clarens is 20km away

Know before you go

  • Fuel is available in Clarens.
  • The town is also known for its arts and crafts.
  • In winter snow may dust the higher peaks.

Contact park: +27 (0)58 255 1000, [email protected]

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

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