We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 58 255 1000

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 238 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 97
  • 85
    Very good
  • 17
  • 2
  • 4
Breath taking walks

We recently did the Echo Ravine Walk with a mixed group that included some very young and very old walkers. The path was well maintained and everyone managed without any problems... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kloof, South Africa
Add Photo Write a Review

238 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 205: English reviews
Kloof, South Africa
Level Contributor
41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently did the Echo Ravine Walk with a mixed group that included some very young and very old walkers. The path was well maintained and everyone managed without any problems. The restrooms at the start are nice and clean and there is also a small shop and bottle store which was handy. The views in the area are truly... More 

Thank danesalmon100
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
140 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You do not have to pay if you are just driving through this park and, if that is all you have time for, you will still experience the stunning rock formations from the road. I have to be honest and say we did not find the staff at Glen Reenen rest camp terribly helpful or well informed. We went to... More 

Thank Paul H
Hillcrest, South Africa
Level Contributor
83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed overnight in the Highland Retreat Mountain resort, a SANPARKS resort. This site is accessible by all makes of vehicle, for even though the road is very windy and the accommodation is near the summit of the mountain range, there are two concrete strips the whole way Very romantic self catering units that are private one from another. Problem only... More 

Thank irishmike60
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The outcrops of rock just take your breath away! The drive from Clarens to the park is just so scenic that you can't stop taking pics!!! The roads are great inside the park and the scenery is out of this world. Wish we'd packed a picnic and spent more time inside.

Thank Joanne T
Clarens, South Africa
Level Contributor
326 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

This is the most beautiful Park!!! Wow but getting so neglected. The roads have potholes, Eastern entrance shocking! Building been in progress for years. As a resident of Clarens and frequent visitor I am so disappointed in Management of the Park. The signage bad and old and faded. Vulture Restaurant not in operation for months. The path full of weeds... More 

1 Thank Aaltjie
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
276 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We drove through the park on our way to Clarens. What a magnificent park. So many beautiful landform structures. There are a few lookout areas to stop, but there are many areas along the road where you can also pull off on the side of the road to appreciate the scenery. If you need to have a scenic route to... More 

Thank Sasha M
Vereeniging, South Africa
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

It's so nice - you'll visit twice. That's exactly what a friend and I did on a roadtrip to this part of the country. We were awestruck by the green nature around us, the winding roads up the mountains and most of all - THOSE STUNNING VIEWS! This is good to visit on a cloudy day too - we got... More 

Thank Anzel d
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Our camp site had sufficient ablution facilities, super clean and spacious. The camping grounds are luscious green, clean, shaded, very well maintained and safe. There is a convenience shop just across the road. More braai facilities (for wood or charcoal barbecue) needed. The few ones there are sufficient and clean with braai grids. The view on the mountains behind the... More 

Thank Francois P
Shepperton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We visited the park twice, once to do the game drives and once to hike. The entry fee for 2 adults and one child was 440R, which is expensive compared to other SA parks. There are several hikes ranging from 45 mins to 2 days and you can combine some of the shorter ones.

Thank SheppertonExplorer
East London, South Africa
Level Contributor
63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

One passes through The Golden Gate Highlands National Park en route to Harrismith from Clarens. I would recommend that you take a day to explore this beautiful National Park whether it be from Harrismith or the Clarens side.. There are two or three scenic routes that one can take off the main road. These roads consist of single lane tar... More 

1 Thank John R

Travellers who viewed Golden Gate Highlands National Park also viewed

Clarens, Free State
Phuthaditjhaba, Free State

Been to Golden Gate Highlands National Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Golden Gate Highlands National Park and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Golden Gate Highlands National Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?