About Golden Gate Highlands National ParkGolden Gate Highlands National Park is situated in South Africaâ€™s Free State province, near the Lesotho border. Golden Gate Highlands National Park backpacking tours have a range of highlights including rock paintings, amazing views, wildlife and ancient dinosaur fossils.
AirportsGolden Gate Highlands National Park airports include:
•Johannesburg International Airport (320km)
•Bloemfontein Airport (305km)
•Durban International Airport (390km)
BirdlifeGolden Gate Highlands National Park birdlife includes the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) as well as the equally rare bald ibis.
ConservationAs the Free State province's only national park, Golden Gate Highlands National Park conservation plays a key role in preserving and protecting the park's environments.
PlantsGolden Gate Highlands National Park plant life includes rich highveld and montane grassland flora. The park has more than fifty grass species and a large variety of bulbs and herbs.
•The park is safe to visit, with almost no crime or problems
•Although there are no large predators, you should still be cautious when you are around wildlife
•Do not litter or hoot, or damage any of the precious rock painting or dinosaur sites, the park has some of the oldest sites in the world
•Stay with your guide and do not leave the car or rest areas alone, especially on foot
•The tap water is generally safe to drink, but bottled water is advised as water can sometimes be untreated
Travel BooksGolden Gate Highlands National Park recommended travel books include the following:
•Southern African Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide by Unwin Mike
•Discover South African Birds by Aldo Berutti
•A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa by Graham Alexander and Johan Marais
•Rock-paintings in South Africa from parts of the eastern province and Orange Free State by George William Stow
•Rock Paintings of South Africa by Stephen Townley Bassett
WildlifeGolden Gate Highlands National Park wildlife you may encounter includes black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra.
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