Golden Gate Highlands National Park

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):

Boskoof (Afrikaans for “Bush Gorge”) – 2 km; 1hour. Back-and-forth route

Brandwag Buttress (Afrikaans for “Sentinel Buttress”) – 2.4 km; 1 hour. Back-and-forth route

Echo Ravine – 1.8 km; 50 minutes. Back-and-forth route

Holkrans (Afrikaans for “Hollow Cliff”) – 2.4 km; 1 hour. Circular loop

Mushroom Rock – 1.44 km; 50 minutes. Back-and-forth route

Ribbok Trail – 27 km; 2 days. Circular loop

Wodehouse Peak – 11 km; 4 hours. Circular loop

Ribbok View

3 thoughts on “Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  1. To whom it may concern.

    I just want to get information about the Ribbok trail in Golden Gate.

    We are a group of friends that want to walk the trail somewhere in August.

    We just want to know the price for the trail walk and if there is stil a opening in August?

    Hope to hear from you soon.


    • Hi Cassie,

      I am not associated with Golden Gate or SANParks in any way, so I can’t help you with booking information. I’m just a hobbyist who walked the trails myself a few years ago and then put them up on my website.

      You can contact the management at Golden Gate directly at (Replace the _at_ with the @ symbol) or you can phone them at +27(0)58 255 1000.

      Enjoy your hike!

  2. Thank you for this! I am traveling here next month and was no having much luck researching trail information.

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