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At the foothills of the Maluti-Drakensberg lies Golden Gate Highlands National Park, a spectacle of towering sandstone cliffs that turn gold, rose and russet-hued in the early morning and late afternoon sunlight.
Explore deep shady valleys and orange and mauve dappled grasslands in this breathtaking landscape, where you’ll come across red hot pokers (aloes), wild lilies and watsonias on self-guided walking trails. See black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbuck and Burchell’s zebra on a drive through the park; and stop at the vulture restaurant, to look for rare bearded vultures circling above.
Hike up the Brandwag Buttress for glorious views, or head for Ribokkop, the highest point in the park; and go on a guided walk to Cathedral Cave, where a stream plunges 30 m through the domed cave ceiling – out of season only, so as not to disturb the breeding colony of bald ibis roosting there. Horse ride, mountain bike or escape, to Highlands Mountain Retreat, with its eco-log cabins built snugly into the mountainside, where panoramic views complement this parks’ magnificent stillness.