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Our 2016 in pictures

Looking back on another year of enjoying South Africa’s beautiful wild places!

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Sojourn to Golden Gate

A quick working visit to beautiful Golden Gate Highlands National Park last month provided a few leisurely hours to enjoy the reserve’s exceptional scenery. Heavy skies and regular downpours provided some much needed relief from the drought that has even this mountain paradise in its grip.

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.

 

Summer in the bush: Golden Gate, 31 December 2014

We couldn’t think of a better way to see out 2014 than by scaling the Brandwag Buttress in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park

The Brandwag Butress

The Brandwag Buttress

View of the Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets and the road to the small town of Clarens from the top of Brandwag this misty morning

View of the Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets and the road to the small town of Clarens from the top of Brandwag this misty morning

Our 2013 in pictures

As the year is rushing to its end, we’re looking back at all the wonderful places we stayed at in South Africa’s wild places during 2013:

Golden Gate, 27 November 2013

I made a quick solo visit to Golden Gate Highlands National Park today for work, and of course the cameras went along! With summer now in full swing the Park is looking absolutely beautiful. You can click on any of the images to view them in a carousel gallery:

To read more about Golden Gate Highlands National Park, have a look at our special post on the Park’s 50th anniversary)

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, September 2013

We spent the weekend of the 13th to the 15th of September at our much loved Golden Gate Highlands National Park, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of its proclamation. Here’s a gallery of photographs we took during that trip, and if you’d like to know more about this magnificent piece of South Africa, have a look at our special “Celebrating Fifty Years of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park!” post.

(click on any of the pictures to view them in a carousel gallery)