Getting to the top of the Brandwag

We wanted to do something special to end 2014. We couldn’t think of any better way to spend the last morning of the year than getting to the top of the Brandwag Buttress, the icon of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, even if the weather did not play along as nicely as we had hoped.

The walk to the top of the immense Brandwag (Afrikaans for “sentinel”) formation is the most popular of Golden Gate’s trails. You can walk the Brandwag route in less than an hour, but to us that would be missing the point; you have to take time to appreciate the scenery along the way and the grand views from the top. There are two routes to choose from; one starting at Glen Reenen Rest Camp and the other at the Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets, and combining the two; going up one way and down the other, really is the way to go.

 

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44 thoughts on “Getting to the top of the Brandwag

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  4. iAMsafari.com

    Die Brandwag is a great landmark, like a ship’s bow. But what I really like about this post is the way you showed us the scenery towards the summit – full with anticipation and beauty on its own!

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  5. maamej

    Love the foreboding clouds. If I ever get to South Africa again I will be planning my I itinerary with your blog, you show some amazing places.

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  6. photobyjohnbo

    Beautiful images… When the weather doesn’t cooperate, it’s an extra challenge to create quality images, a challenge you met and exceeded in this post. I also like how your gallery pops up the caption when the image is “moused over”. I need to learn if my theme can do that. It creates a much nicer gallery than my theme generates. I always enjoy your posts and challenge entries.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      We know how blessed we are to live in this beautiful country Lori, and we’re so thankful for the opportunity to share our experiences here with kind and interesting people like you!

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      1. Nin S.

        Depends on which period of the year…. when I went there, it was winter, so it’s a bit dry and not so much rain, means not so green, but if you come (which I don’t recommend at the moment) in during rainy season, it’s very green.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      This little bridge is a temporary arrangement, Rosemarie, following the old one washing away in a flood. I much prefer walking over any bridge to jumping from one slippery rock to the next with my cameras in hand, as we had to do at the end of the mushroom rocks trail (which we’ll tell you about next week)

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  7. perdebytjie

    Dis absoluut pragtig Dries.Ek en Manlief was 39 jaar gelede daar op ons wittebrood en ek het woes geklou aan ‘n ketting teen daai berg op!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Die ketting is nog deel van die roete vanaf Glen Reenen af, Dina, en nog steeds n plek waar mens eerder net jou oe op die einde moet hou en nie agtertoe moet kyk nie!

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      1. perdebytjie

        Ek onthou nog hoe bang ek was.Ek het iewers nog ‘n vaal foto’tjie waar ek angsbevange vasklou.Maar as mens bo is,was dit die moeite werd.

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