Golden Gate Highlands National Park – one of 19 national parks in South Africa – is situated in the Rooiberge (Afrikaans for “Red Mountains”) in the eastern Free State Province of South Africa. The park has a rich paleontological history and boasts the oldest and most spectacular fossilised dinosaur nesting sites in the world. Although the biodiversity of the region was decimated by the animal hide industry in the 19th century, the park is still home some rare and endemic species such as the bald ibis, giant girdled sungazer and black wildebeest.
I grew up 40km from Golden Gate and have spent hundreds of hours hiking the many trails in and around the park. Unfortunately, I have yet to come across a detailed guide to the trails in the park, so I decided to put one together myself. A short while ago I set out with a GPS to capture all the marked trails and you can view all my data by following the links below (Please let me know if any of the GIS maps aren’t working; they tend to get muddled up whenever Google updates its mapping platform):