Golden Gate National Park

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Golden Gate Highlands National Park and the surrounding Maluti Mountains offer a selection of riding options, although the roads inside the SA section of the park are all (sadly) tarmac. However, Bokpoort-Bergwoning- and other farms in the area offer dirt riding along gravel roads, 4×4 routes and game or cattle tracks.

On your bike

Beyond Golden Gate, the rough and ready gravel roads of the erstwhile Qua-Qua homeland buck and slide along gnarly valleys and craggy horizons. In some cases, access and/or permits need to be arranged beforehand with private landowners and the national parks authorities, but generally folk up here in the Eastern Free State are friendly and down-to-earth, so the process should be relatively painless.

For a tarmac cruise from Clarens, crank along the R712 towards Golden Gate (13.4km), turning right onto the Blesbok Loop after approximately 2km. This 6.7km one-way loop climbs steeply into eland country, offering panoramic views, an inexhaustible supply of fresh air and a skittish switchback downhill back onto the R712. Hit a sharp left almost immediately to explore the Oribi Loop, a bonus 4.2km of highland cranking amongst zebra, wildebeest, mountain reedbuck and chacma baboon. A speedy 22.5km cruise back into Clarens makes for a total riding distance just shy of 50km.
GRADING:

An easy crank along tar, but at least it gets you out the house and into an awesome national park.

DURATION:

Around 2-3 hours in the saddle

CONFIGURATION :

A there-and-back ride with two loop options into the park.

START POINT:

In Clarens, but you could drive the 13 kays to the park headquarters and start there.

TERRAIN:

Tarmac roads (sorry about that …)

MAP:

A map of the park roads is available from Reception.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Regular park entry fees apply to riders.

FACILITIES:

Full range of amenities at Golden Gate and in Clarens

Contact Details

  1. Phone: 058-255-0075
  2. Website: www.mtbroutes.co.za

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