Golden Gate is South Africa's underrated playground
Situated in the Rooiberg of the eastern Free State, Golden Gate lies in a critical watershed. Any rain falling here either runs down via the Caledon River into the mighty Orange, or via the Wilge River into the Vaal River. This means that more than 30-percent of the entire water supply of South Africa comes from this area.
I found four ways to spend a weekend in this precious park for Getaway magazine.
1. A best-of-both weekend escape
2. A True Magic Mountain Cabin
3. Beautiful backpacking on a budget
The Ribbok Hiking Trail (so called because it has you skipping up hillsides like the better-equipped mountain rhebok would) is a two-day overnight hike easily done in a weekend, and is excellent value for money as a budget escape.
4. Sleep in the Dragon's clouds
This peace park, composed of uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho, is an effort to create a consolidated conservation corridor of some 32690 hectares down the eastern curve of the Lesotho border.