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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:36 pm

Hi Goronta!

We've never stayed in the Highlands Mountain Retreat before. But on our last visit (while staying at Glen Reenen), we decided to just drive up there to see what it looks like. We were driving with my father-in-law's Toyota Corola, and we did not manage to get all the way to the camp. The terrain is not too rough, but it is very steep. The old Corola'tjie lacked power... :tongue:

I just booked us in for the Highlands Mountain Retreat end April. We'll be going with our Honda CR-V this time. Will let you know how it went. Have no idea about the snow though... :hmz:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Goronta » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:25 pm

Thanks BB for your information
I will wait for your feed-back on how your faithful Honda managed the Mountain.
I should bring some snowshoes or ski in case ... :hmz: :lol:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Albert » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:16 am

Any feedback from people that have stayed at the Basotho Cultural Village? Might be staying there in April (not sure yet, so any info will be welcomed!)
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Son godin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:58 pm

Goronta wrote:Hi 'mites

I'll be in Golden gate at the end of next july. :D
I'd like to book a log cottage at the Highlands Mountain retreat.
Do we need a 4x4 to reach the camp and in case of snow do they close sometimes the road ?
I think I will drive a 2x4.


Hi Goronta we stayed there once when the retreat was snowed in. You could not reach the cabins even in the best 4x4 x far. That one nearly went down the valley when the driver slipped in the snow.

We did not want to except alternative accommodation and together with the park workers dug out the snow using spades and hands to open the road. Its quite hard work but also some fun. Normally you should be fine in a 2x4, but in winter when the roads might be wet and icy its best to go up in a 4x4.

You always have the option to walk up and park below. I am sure folks staying with you will not be reluctant to help. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Goronta » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:13 pm

Thanks Son godin for the info.
I'm not sure S.O will be ready for a hike in the snow at the end of the day after a flight from Europe. :doh:
I have to open a round the table negociation as soon as tonight to start bookings :mrgreen:
Thanks again :thumbs_up:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sun May 11, 2014 7:54 pm

We just returned from a wonderful stay at Golden Gate's Mountain Higland Retreat. It is so beautiful, so peaceful, just one of the best places I've stayed at of SANParks! :dance:

The drive to the top can be done without 4x4, for sure. You need a relatively strong engine to get up the steep slopes - I wouldn't try it with a 1100cc little car... :tongue: Our CR-V was just fine, Goronta! :thumbs_up: I have never been in Golden Gate when it snows, and I think snow doesn't occur there too often, but in winter, I guess it could be a gamble. I have been in Golden Gate before in winter without snow, and I can guarantee you that it will be icy cold! Even now in Autumn it was very cold. But luckily the log cabins are very well catered for in that case - with heaters and a lovely fireplace. :thumbs_up:

We will definitely be back. In summer... :tongue:
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun May 11, 2014 7:57 pm

Great feedback 8) , thanks Bushbuddies !
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon May 12, 2014 6:19 am

Bushbuddies wrote:We just returned from a wonderful stay at Golden Gate's Mountain Higland Retreat. It is so beautiful, so peaceful, just one of the best places I've stayed at of SANParks! :dance:

The drive to the top can be done without 4x4, for sure. You need a relatively strong engine to get up the steep slopes - I wouldn't try it with a 1100cc little car... :tongue: Our CR-V was just fine, Goronta! :thumbs_up: I have never been in Golden Gate when it snows, and I think snow doesn't occur there too often, but in winter, I guess it could be a gamble. I have been in Golden Gate before in winter without snow, and I can guarantee you that it will be icy cold! Even now in Autumn it was very cold. But luckily the log cabins are very well catered for in that case - with heaters and a lovely fireplace. :thumbs_up:

We will definitely be back. In summer... :tongue:


I hope you are going to give us one of your interesting trip reports. :pray: I love to see the smaller Parks receive attention.
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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Goronta » Tue May 13, 2014 8:07 am

Thanks for the update Bushbuddies :thumbs_up:
After discussion with S.O,we finally booked a cottage for 3 nights at Glen Reenen rest camp at the end of july.
We will prepare our luggage to face icy cold :mrgreen:
We rent a 2x4 car but don't know still which car we will get ( Nissan X Trail or similar)
Anyway a TR when we will be back will show if snow was waiting for us on this 2014 winter :D
In the meantime ,I agree with MM, we are ready for your TT Bushbuddies :cam:

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked

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Re: Golden Gate: ADVICE

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sun May 18, 2014 12:38 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:I hope you are going to give us one of your interesting trip reports. :pray: I love to see the smaller Parks receive attention.


Goronta wrote:In the meantime ,I agree with MM, we are ready for your TT Bushbuddies :cam:


:hmz: .... :whistle: .... :D I agree MM - I also like to see more of the smaller parks. Maybe I should start that TR... :whistle:
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