Glen Reenen Rest Camp

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The northeastern Free State's Maluti Mountain range rests gently against Golden Gate Highlands National Park. From here, the arresting Brandwag overhang radiates a glorious golden hue (leaving no question as to where the park acquired its name or why) as it stands sentry over Glen Reenen's rest camp. Hiking trails snake in and around the area, allowing the enthusiastic game or bird watcher ample viewing from the privacy of their own vehicle (or horseback, if they prefer).

Accommodation 

Tent or caravan camp sites with or without electricity points, communal bathrooms and communal kitchens(electric hotplates and washing up facilities).Maximum of 6 people per site. Provide your own tent and camping equipment, caravan or motor home. Please ensure to provide your own tent and camping equipment, caravan or motor home.

  • Four-bed Rondavel which has one bedroom with a double bed and two single beds in the loft, a bathroom with toilet and shower. Fully equipped kitchen
  • Two-bed Rondavel with a bedroom with double bed, bathroom with toilet and shower and a fully equipped kitchen.
  • Four-bed Family Cottage with a bedroom with double bed as well as a stack bed (sleeps 2). Bathroom with toilet and shower. Fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, DStv (limited channels) and a fireplace.

  • Six-bed Family Cottage with an en-suite bedroom with double bed, bedroom with 2 single beds and a stack bed. An additional bathroom with toilet and shower. Fully equipped kitchen, DStv (limited channels) as well as barbeque facilities.

  • Noord-brabant Farmhouse sleeps six people in two bedrooms (one with 3 single beds, one with a double bed)and a sleeper couch in the living area. Bathroom with toilet, shower and bath. Fully equipped kitsch, lounge with a fireplace. The Farmhouse is situated km from Glen Reenen rest camp and a high ground clearance vehicles are recommended for getting to and from the farmhouse. 

Activities & Facilities

Glen Reenen offers a variety of activities such as game drives, games, hiking and nature walks, horse riding, swimming.
The Rhebok hiking trail is a 2 day, 1 night trail for up to 18 people. Advance booking are essential and the hikers are to provide all their own necessities. The shorter hiking trails do not need to be pre-booked. Game drives are done in the comfort of your vehicle.
At the Wilgenhof Environmental Education Centre they offer abseiling and canoeing.
Cultural tours and trails are offered at Basotho Cultural Village.
There are a vast number of activities on offer in Golden Gate region, such as  Quad and Motor Bike Trails, Zip Lining, Paint Ball Shooting, Archery, Fly Fishing and much more. Enquire on arrival at reception

There is a cosy pub at the hotel (which has a wonderful log fire), Picnic site for visitors with braai facilities and ablution blocks.

Glen Reenen general dealer and filling station, curio shop, licensed restaurant, coffee shop and ladies' bar. Enquire at reception.

No ATM facility available

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Rates & Pricing

Camp site (CK6)(no power)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
104
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
52
ZAR
Camp site (CK6P)(with power)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
104
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
52
ZAR
Rondavel (HKB2)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
2
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Rondawel (HKD4,HKD4Z)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
300
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
150
ZAR
Longdawel (LD2,LD2D,LD2Z)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
2
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Family Cottage (FA4D)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
300
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
150
ZAR
Noord-Brabant Farm House (GH6)
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
540
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
270
ZAR
Family Cottage (FA4,FA4B)
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Family Cottage (FA6B,FA6DZ)
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
540
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
270
ZAR

Please note the pricing above excludes the following:

  • Entry/conservation fees (payable on arrival at your destination)
  • Transport, transfers and flights
  • Late arrival transfer fee (if applicable for your destination)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Safari Game Drives (unless indicated on your itinerary)
  • Baby cot/bed

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What our guests have said about this accommodation

Jorgen Erik Larsen
The camp site at Glen Reenen was well managed and clean.
Robert Godley
The staff was very helpful and friendly. The ablution block and camp site was very clean and tidy. The Scenery was breath taking beautiful. And Sheppard thank you so much for assisting with our booking, will be emailing you again for bookings at other SAN parks
Rigard Geyser
The camp site is maintained in a neat and tidy fashion. However, the showers had a problem with water pressure. Showers only trickled making for an unpleasant experience.
Sharonne Dewing
Loved it - very comfortable. will be back for a longer stay.
le roux helen
Baie goed ons het dit vreeslik baie geniet omgewing baie mooi en diens was baie goed. Sal weer kom. Dankie
william watson
Very enjoyable stay. The campsite was under beautiful pine trees-very quite surroundings and clean and tidy. Will definitely visit again. Regards, William Watson
Saartjie van Zyl
Die kampterrein is baie mooi. Lekker groot staanplekke. Die bobejane is egter 'n probleem. Dit is ongerieflik om elke keer alles weg te pak as jy 'n draai wil ry of wil gaan stap. Die dame by die kantoor was baie vriendelik en Jacques by die besprekings was uitstekend Baie dankie vir 'n lekker bly.
Deborah Van de Venter
We had a most enjoyable visit. We were very pleased with the good condition of all the animals we saw. We would love to return to the park, and will probably do so at some stage again. Pity we live so far away.Thank you for a wonderful experience! Most definitely the highlight of our Christmas!
Michelle Viviers
Very happy with the premises .
Dot Liebetrau
We had a great time in this clean, friendly camp.
Felicity Botha
Our stay was wonderful. The chalet was clean and neat. We had a heater in our bedroom and an electric blanket which came in very useful as we experienced snow on the mountain tops. The reception ladies were very friendly and helpful. Thank you for a lovely weekend. We will surely come again.
Roger Thompson
I stayed for two nights over the weekend and had a lovely stay. The park is lovely and peaceful, the ablutions clean and well attended to. I would definiately plant to return sometime soon in the future.
Jose Heron
We were there for a short visit only and utilised the facilities as overnight lodging more than anything else. We found the camp spotlessly clean and very well maintained. All the staff we met were friendly and helpful. We took a short game drive the one afternoon when we had time and we saw a beautiful black backed jackal with 2 adolescent pups sitting right next to the road. They allowed us to watch them for a good few minutes before they moved on. Lovely.
Werner van Merwe
jp Du preez
Overall brilliant. One of SA's best.
Basil Foxcroft
Comfortable clean and neat with spectacular views - We chose the no electricity option but not sure if the kitchen was supposed to have electricity as the hobs and plugs in the kitchen were not working. But the water in the bathrooms were hot and showers were clean - Just from April take warm clothes for the evenings and the hikes are well marked. Wonderful trip, Would recommend to add to anyone's wishlist.
Bev Mills
As always the campsite was immaculate. facilities were very clean and Staff was friendly. I'm concerned about the lone baboon and lone black backed jackal that have become very unafraid in the camp. I would HATE to see these animals destroyed because of human behaviour...so I suggest a couple of warning signs in the camp. I was thrilled to see men picking up refuse on the sides of the roads in the park.I would love to see taxis forbidden from using it as a short cut to Clarens/Bethlehem but do understand their plight. Thank you for a wonderful stay and I will definitely be back many times.
Marie-Paul Howard
Our stay at Glen Reenen was very good indeed and the accommodation all we could have hoped for. It was very clean and comfortable. The bathroom just needs better aeration. We would have loved staying on longer had we had time. The people in the office were very courteous and welcoming. We had no time to go game viewing sadly but the sunset on the gates and the rising full moon compensated. Thank you very much for a lovely stay. We would love to go again.
Frehr Reinhold
The stay was fantastic - freindly staff, cosy units. For a long-term stay-over as we did (5 days), the kitchen utensils are minimal should one self-cater for 3 meals a day
Hessel Benedictus
Reception not up to standard, rondavel good, only strong smell of wood protection
Chas King
Our Longdawel was really comfortable and cosy. All the facilities were great and we were well received. Our only problem were the noisy staff yelling to each other at the start and end of their work day. They were also gathered in a room in the carpark near us and made such a noise. Otherwise a great stay.
David Radebe
Realised that the place was renovated, could have been allocated a completed one (wardrobe had no hangers and tv not clear). Is there a reason why a resident should pay park fees for every night spent? had a good time and hope to go back.
Michael Lehloenya
The experience was wonderful: the hikes; the food at the hotel; and the scenery. The only disappointment was the inside of the wardrobes were dirty, which led to the dirt ending up on our clothes.
Angela Mary Barker
We booked the camp rondavel, mentioning we were pensioners, but the first rondavel we saw had a flimsy ladder going upstairs to the bedroom. Not for the aged! Also the room had not been serviced so we were shown a second one. This was better,with a set of metal stairs to the upper level. What would we have done if the first rondavel was the ONLY one available? However we did enjoy ourselves and Golden Gate was beautiful.
thomas foord
I wish to express my concern regarding Camp access when staying at this site. On numerous occasions passers by would simply walk or drive into the campsite without being asked for an entry permit. They use the ablutions and leave. Who is looking after the campers property when they are out hiking? When I took this issue up with reception, I was shrugged at as if to say "Dont make it my problem"
Lucinda Labuschagne
The facilities are well maintained, managed and clean. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The animal life and nature are just amazingly beautiful! I will recommend Glen Reenen Restcamp to any nature lover.
David Barrowman
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a super camp site but would like to offer the following constructive criticism. 1. Baboons raiding the camp sites even when the campers are present and stealing food out of tents, car boots etc is becoming a problem. They managed to get into our secured caravan tent on three occasions by first creeping under the caravan and then pulling up the tent pegs after the inner section was secured. Our fear is that one day someone will inadvertently corner one in their tent and get attacked. We strongly suggest that SAN Parks take action to curb these raids before something drastic occurs.2. Although the ablution blocks are still in excellent condition, deterioration is creeping in due to poor cleaning methods, maintenance and supervision. The central ladies bathroom regularly floods right out of the door due to poor tiling profiles. Not much you can do about that barring uplifting the tiles and starting again but having a cleaner managing the problem during peak season would help tremendously. Toilet seats were often found loose and need to be maintained regularly. Cleaning and toilet paper replenishment regularly only happened after midday much to the annoyance of some campers. The cleaners need to be issued with and instructed in the use of disinfectants when cleaning the shower cubicles and around the gents urinals. Supervision of the cleaners appears to be totally lacking. We watched as one lady spent entire days sitting in the storeroom on a plastic chair, only moving to sit outside during tea and extended lunch breaks. The general inefficiency and apathy of the cleaners was something to behold and must cost National Parks a fortune which in turn gets passed onto camping and chalet tariffs. Again a supervision issue. 3. When we arrived on 3 January the grass in the camp ground was pretty long and still hadn't been cut when we left on 11 January. This resulted in the camp site looking more than a little shoddy. 4. The cleaning staff should be instructed to clear the stream of trash on a regular basis. Some thoughtless campers have thrown their fire ashes and other rubbish into the stream which is extremely unsightly but probably most of the other trash is caused by baboons stealing shopping bags out of camp sites and dumping them after removing the contents.5. loud music and general noise should be banned and appropriate signage erected stating this. A Spionkop camp sign reads 'If you can be heard beyond the perimeter of your site you are making a noise'. Some people just don't understand the concept of keeping it down resulting in disturbing their neighbours into the night. We hope our comments are seen as constructive as we thoroughly enjoy using SAN Parks facilities and look forward to our next camp.
Gert Postma
Had an excellent experience - family cottage with "stoep" being the highlight of the package, especially when it rains (which it did!).
Barry Walker
Our stay at Glen Reenen Rest camp site was really great, the ablutions were clean and camp site was lovely and clean as well. However it would be great if the sites were demarcated and each one had a number with its own electrical power point so that you knew were your site was as some campers tend to take up more than one site. Other than that we had a wonderful stay at Glen Reenen Rest camp and will be back again. Keep up the good work.
Barry Walker
Our stay at Glen Reenen Rest camp site was really great, the ablutions were clean and camp site was lovely and clean as well. However it would be great if the sites were demarcated and each one had a number with its own electrical power point so that you knew were your site was as some campers tend to take up more than one site. Other than that we had a wonderful stay at Glen Reenen Rest camp and will be back again. Keep up the good work.
Brenda
The campsite was very nice but the toilets needed to be cleaned more often the once a day, especially the male bathrooms.
Ben van Rensburg
Nice park but some things need attention.maybe gate control to actual camp site..showers in ablution blocks needs curtains or something to keep spilling water all over the place...more regular cleaning of ablution blocks will be appreciated.
Marietjie Viljoen
Did not see animals, but we enjoyed the stay very much
PIERRE DU PLESSIS
Dit was 'n baie lekker ruskans maar daar moet aandag gegee word aan die wandel paaie en stap roetes die Reebok roete se merkers het regtig aandag nodig verder was dit lekker.
PIERRE DU PLESSIS
Jacobien Stols
Good day!The longdavel, camping site and trail routes were very clean. Staff very friendly. We enjoyed our stay. RegardsJ Stols
Adriaan Louw
We stopped over in Golden Gate on our trip in the Freestate - camped very comfortably next to the river, and enjoyed a early morning walk in the hills. A great camp spot, and great walking routes.
Tanya Delport
we camped at glen reenen during the december 2009 holidays and we enjoyed it very much. a great contributing factor was the extremely clean and well maintained bathrooms. some of the other campers complained about the road running past the camp but I can honestly say that it did not bother us at all.
Tanya Delport
we camped at glen reenen during the december 2009 holidays and we enjoyed it very much. a great contributing factor was the extremely clean and well maintained bathrooms. some of the other campers complained about the road running past the camp but I can honestly say that it did not bother us at all.
Frik Grobler
The camp is neat, well maintained. Ablution facilities are neat, cleaned daily and kept in good repair (if you report the defects). We enjoyed camping next to the stream, but the baboons looting our tent was a big surprise! They are very cheeky too! The national road passing through, right next to the camp was a big downturn! You hear the loud music, long before you even see the car, occupant shouting and screaming, all hours of the night. Especially the Taxi's. The cars and trucks speed over the speedbumps, making a lot of noise, disrupting any peaceful sleep one might expect to get in a National Park. I know it does not fit in with nature, but I would suggest that the park put up walls between the road and the campsite. There is also no control on day permits, and anybody can come and go as they please through the park. This is a big concern. I would suggest a ticketing system like they have for payed parking for the through traffic. Even though, we enjoyed our time at Glen Reenen. Thanks.
C. Reyneke.
This place is a perfect getaway, its quite and you can really just enjoy the nature and what it gives back to you.Love the place.
Corrie Els
The passing traffic is terrible.Passing through traffic should be stopped immediately.
Pieter van Tonder
Glen Rheenen camp is situated in stunning setting and staff is friendly. Unfortunately the chalets are suffering from old age and this is specially visible in kitchen and all the cupboards. These are in urgent need of upgrade to replace especially the untreated Supawood cupbourd doors. These opened via a hole in the door which you have to stick your finger through. All the previous guests seem to have had dirty hands because the hole and area around are permanently filthy with dirt ingrained into the wood. I wanted to wash my hands each time I opened a cupboard. This said, everything else was really satisfying and it was a relaxing stay.
Seamus McGuigan
We were hoping to venture out on one of the hiking trails offered, but did not manage to.The kids however did and thoroughly enjoyed the openness with amazing rock formations.A small, quiet, clean camp with beautiful scenery and enough shade. The ablutions and kitchen were impeccably clean at all times.The ground staff are friendly and especially the lady in Reception who is well-informed and willing to help.We will definitely be back in the future.
EricMcKechnie
The facilities are great for camping - pity there are no distributed water points amongst the sites though. The reception was really friendly and accommodating and John Martins very helpful. We will be back to hike the trails.
J Ballot
The camping site neat and ablution blocks is kept very clean though out the day making camping a pleasure.
Annetjie brits
It was awesome!!The service was great and you have extremely friendly and helpful people at reception as well as in the camp.
Annetjie brits
It was awesome!!The service was great and you have extremely friendly and helpful people at reception as well as in the camp.
Frikkie Pretorius
Reception desk very proffessional!Condition of camping site execellent!I will come back again!
Frikkie Pretorius
Reception desk very proffessional!Condition of camping site execellent!I will come back again!
Samantha Hale
We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights at Glen Reened. I would recommend it for anyone. The only criticism is that they don't wash dishes.
C.O. van der Merwe
Rondavel, shop and trails were fine. Not sufficient circular drives to get closer to view game. (When compared with Addo Elephant Park)
Manessa Strydom
Very, very nice!
Manessa Strydom
Very, very nice!
stacey
What a beautiful place to visit!!!We had such an amazing experience at Glen Reenen!The staff were so helpful and welcoming.We were only there for a short time unfortunately, but we made sure to take a walk along the trails at Glen Reenen...This was definitely the highlight of our trip! An absolute must-see when visiting!Other than that, our Longdawel was very cozy and well cared for. It had everything that we needed. The Camp was spotless and immaculately maintained!Overall I had a fantastic stay at Glen Reenen and will be sure to return as soon as possible!
Danie Fourie
Yes to break away from JHB is always a pleasure. The kids and some friends asked what do you do there? I said nothing is also fine with me. I went to relax. The trip went well except for the few potholes before Bethlehem. We towed an off-road trailer with a tent on top. The car lacked some power with the uphill sections but managed. We stopped at Clarens and we could see why it is so popular. We looked at a few art exhibitions and the stalls where the locals were displaying their art. We then went to Golden gate to set up camp. Some of the best spots next to the river was occupied. We chose a spot and assembled the tent. After an hour we were admiring the mountain changing colours as the sun set in the West. When the sun went down behind the mountain it became extremely cold. Luckily we went prepared. Warm clothes, sleeping bag and duvet. A warm hat would have helped. The people in the caravans probably had it a bit more comfortable. The next day we went for a walk up to the echo point. Amazing. Later we went for a drive pass the Langtoon dam. Along the route we saw 2 Buffalo. Where were the rest we all asked. In the Kruger you see many of them. We then went to the Golden gate hotel. A bit on the quiet side but very nice. Later we went to the camp to start a fire and to braai something. 4 bikers arrived in the dark and starting putting up their small tents. They made a fire for heat and to braai something. The next morning I spoke to one guy and he said they drove down from JHB to Golden Gate all along the dirt roads and headed back the next day. Like the Wild hogs. Many guys would like to do it. We saw however many bikers that weekend who are probably in the high income bracket, looking at their machinery. We came back and said we will go again but after the rainy season when the mountains are green. The only negative we have was the traffic and speed bumps passing the camp site, especially at night. The ablution blocks were very clean. Thanks Die Fourie
Mark
Enjoyed the time there. Beautiful surroundings and relaxing getaway.
Mark
Enjoyed the time there. Beautiful surroundings and relaxing getaway.
Piet Potgieter
The hotwater at the ablution facilities are the hottest we have experienced in any camp in SA.The ablution was kept spotlessly clean. The receptionist could aquire a bit of friendlism and smile now and then. The park has tarred road and although there were some veldfires the scenes are still breathtaking. We enjoyed our stay and would like to visit again.
Chris van Wyk
It was great, thank you
Henk Kotze
I had a very enjoyable stay at Glen Reenen Rest Camp. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The campsites were neat and the bathrooms very clean. Keep up the good work and I will be back.Kind regardsHenk Kotze
benita van aardt
Stay at Golden Gate was exceptional. It is our second visit this year. Service is excellent! The administration service is of world class quality! We will definitely revisit!
sonja fourie
it was so great to just relax and have all the neccesities at hand after a long day on the road...traving on motorbikes, you dont have space to pack...so it was just such a hassle free pleasure!! Great that the shop was still open until 6h...made a difference! thanks
sonja fourie
it was so great to just relax and have all the neccesities at hand after a long day on the road...traving on motorbikes, you dont have space to pack...so it was just such a hassle free pleasure!! Great that the shop was still open until 6h...made a difference! thanks
Elize Partridge
Thank you. I had a lovely weekend, rondavel was lovely and clean. Will come again in future.
Sus Bronn
This is all the animals we saw in Kruger Park itself.
Sus Bronn
This is all the animals we saw in Kruger Park itself.
Oliver Bryant
We stayed in all Golden Gates accommodation (with the exception of Basotho Cultural village which was under construction at the time after a fire). Glen Reenen is the central hub in Golden Gateand where you report to to stay in all the other rest camps as well.The camp is beautiful, situated across from a mountain over the road. A petrol station and shop make the stay very convenient. One can walk some really pretty trails which vary in intensity and offer magnificient views of the surroundings. The bungalows we stayed in had DSTV, a fully equipped kitchen and made for an immensely enjoyable stay.The small town of Clarens is nearby and makes for a great place to grab some lunch or dinner. There are lots of quaint little shops to check out as well.
Oliver Bryant
We stayed in all Golden Gates accommodation (with the exception of Basotho Cultural village which was under construction at the time after a fire). Glen Reenen is the central hub in Golden Gateand where you report to to stay in all the other rest camps as well.The camp is beautiful, situated across from a mountain over the road. A petrol station and shop make the stay very convenient. One can walk some really pretty trails which vary in intensity and offer magnificient views of the surroundings. The bungalows we stayed in had DSTV, a fully equipped kitchen and made for an immensely enjoyable stay.The small town of Clarens is nearby and makes for a great place to grab some lunch or dinner. There are lots of quaint little shops to check out as well.
Caroline
Authentic luxury hut with thatched roof. Looked small from the outside, but was very spacious inside. Open planned with fully equipped kitchen, and large flat screen tv with dstv. The hut also had a small private patio with bbq facilities. Glen Reenen is probably seen as the main camp, situated on the same plot as main reception and the local shop.Cross over the road from the camp, and you're onto a walking trail - ideal!
Caroline
Authentic luxury hut with thatched roof. Looked small from the outside, but was very spacious inside. Open planned with fully equipped kitchen, and large flat screen tv with dstv. The hut also had a small private patio with bbq facilities. Glen Reenen is probably seen as the main camp, situated on the same plot as main reception and the local shop.Cross over the road from the camp, and you're onto a walking trail - ideal!
PETER DAVIES
toilets were very clean and park was very neat and tidy
PETER DAVIES
toilets were very clean and park was very neat and tidy
Adele Potgieter
I think the price is overrated for what we've been offer at the campsite. There nothing to do for the kids. And you must include your conservation fees into the price as it is also too much for adults / children. It was really boring and your cafe prices are overrated. We must ride to Bethlehem to get our stuff and food. Sorry but I expected more for the price.
Nicola Scott
Campsite very clean.Washrooms and kitchen very clean and everything working.All staff, reception, shop, campsite very friendly, polite and helpful.Only problem was the big trucks going through in the middle of the night.Had dinner at the hotel one night, the quality of the food was excellent, and the staff there were also very well trained and professional.Looking forward to returning in the future.
Elsabe Muller
We had a lovely weekend...amazing views...calm and restful. Thank you
Elsabe Muller
We had a lovely weekend...amazing views...calm and restful. Thank you
Kelvin Mundell
Carpets or floor mats will warm the place especially in winter. Bathroom very cold, maybe a wall heater or two. Not fair to charge sleep over clients conservation fee if they do not use the viewing facilities.
Brian Lloyd
Accomodation was excellent & staff efficient and friendly. Would recommend the place to anybody.
Brian Lloyd
Accomodation was excellent & staff efficient and friendly. Would recommend the place to anybody.
LAURA NIERMANN
The front desk welcome was shocking, to say the least. Two of the ladies kept us waiting whilst they were busy on the telephone to prospective clients with on-one else around to assist. Eventually, )what seemed to be a more senior lady) someone attended to us, but then sent us to our rondawel without a key to get in. The rondawel was badly placed, the front door hinge was stuck and the doors could not open fully, the window blind was broken on one of the windows. So, we were immediately upgraded and sent to a wonderful cottage at Brandwag. This was bright, cheerful, had wonderful views, and made the unpleasant initial experience, that much more worthwhile. This is our second stay at Golden Gate, the first was a camping experience approximately 3 years ago, which, despite the rain in December, was very pleasant and far too short. The shop could do with more day to day things (such as newspapers/magazines), instead of the usual curios, t-shirts and touristy things. One of the rondawels could be used for the more touristy things, and keep the shop to basic necessities, especially for the campers. The nearest town, Clarens is 17 kilometres away and when on holiday, one does not want to have to drive there each day for a newspaper, for example. Overall, we will return to Golden Gate, despite the unpleasant welcome (unfortunately, this is just how things are in SA today) because we find the distance from Johannesburg just perfect for a short break to get good clean air, a change of scenery and some rest.
LAURA NIERMANN
The front desk welcome was shocking, to say the least. Two of the ladies kept us waiting whilst they were busy on the telephone to prospective clients with on-one else around to assist. Eventually, )what seemed to be a more senior lady) someone attended to us, but then sent us to our rondawel without a key to get in. The rondawel was badly placed, the front door hinge was stuck and the doors could not open fully, the window blind was broken on one of the windows. So, we were immediately upgraded and sent to a wonderful cottage at Brandwag. This was bright, cheerful, had wonderful views, and made the unpleasant initial experience, that much more worthwhile. This is our second stay at Golden Gate, the first was a camping experience approximately 3 years ago, which, despite the rain in December, was very pleasant and far too short. The shop could do with more day to day things (such as newspapers/magazines), instead of the usual curios, t-shirts and touristy things. One of the rondawels could be used for the more touristy things, and keep the shop to basic necessities, especially for the campers. The nearest town, Clarens is 17 kilometres away and when on holiday, one does not want to have to drive there each day for a newspaper, for example. Overall, we will return to Golden Gate, despite the unpleasant welcome (unfortunately, this is just how things are in SA today) because we find the distance from Johannesburg just perfect for a short break to get good clean air, a change of scenery and some rest.
Shayne Hardiman
The chalet was neat and clean and we really enjoyed the DSTV and the electric blankets because it was cold!We arrived late in the afternoon and most of the surrounds were burning so we saw a lot of smoke but no animals.
Shayne Hardiman
The chalet was neat and clean and we really enjoyed the DSTV and the electric blankets because it was cold!We arrived late in the afternoon and most of the surrounds were burning so we saw a lot of smoke but no animals.
anne joustra
Glen Reenen can compete with all the other excellent lodges we had in South Africa. The performance is very well and Glen Reenen is one of them. We liked our stay and were very satisfied with Glen Reenen: good job!!
anne joustra
Glen Reenen can compete with all the other excellent lodges we had in South Africa. The performance is very well and Glen Reenen is one of them. We liked our stay and were very satisfied with Glen Reenen: good job!!
NOLEEN PODROUZEK
We enjoyed our camping experience. Bathrooms clean. Lovely walks. Pity about the noise made by the school trip - screaming and shouting and the music being played by our neighbours. Some peace and quiet would have been prefered.
Annick Griebenow
I would like to thank the staff of Glen Reenen for friendly and good services. The camp site and facilities was very good. We did the "4 hour" walk which took 6 hours, but it did not bother us that it took longer.
Hesma Oelofse
Well, we had an extraodinary weekend! The staff at the reception expected us even thou we had booked with an travel agent! Very professional staff and the ablution facilities were clean and neat! The scenery is overwhelming and breathtaking! I must say, it was a wonderful camping weekend!!!! We will most definitely visit again!!
Annick Griebenow
I would like to thank the staff of Glen Reenen for friendly and good services. The camp site and facilities was very good. We did the "4 hour" walk which took 6 hours, but it did not bother us that it took longer.
Hesma Oelofse
Well, we had an extraodinary weekend! The staff at the reception expected us even thou we had booked with an travel agent! Very professional staff and the ablution facilities were clean and neat! The scenery is overwhelming and breathtaking! I must say, it was a wonderful camping weekend!!!! We will most definitely visit again!!
Dries Vorster
Went for the hiking, did not visit the game reserve. Hiking was nice, short routes to accommodate most people. Long walks available.Rondavel: Average, can be better if space is supplied for groceries. Suggestion - Something against the wall above stove. Electric blankets a winner in winter. Will go again, thanks!
Heinrich Koekemoer
I am still waiting for my wild card.
Mc Callaghan
We had a very nice stay at Glen Reenen. There were a few problems with lighting when we arrived, but the staff were helpful in resolving them. Will visit again. Thanks
Judy Koekemoer
Our stay at Glen Reenen, Golden Gate was absolutely wonderful, and to top everything we had snow on the Saturday as well. It was beautiful. If you cannot talk to the Lord while staying there,being in the nature, there must be something terribly wrong.
Vivienne Dos Santos & Ruth Richards
I found the accommodation to be below standard, dirty and was generally very disappointed. It was far overpriced and shocking to say the least.
Johan Coetzee
We had a great stay and we will come again.
Judy Koekemoer
Our stay at Glen Reenen, Golden Gate was absolutely wonderful, and to top everything we had snow on the Saturday as well. It was beautiful. If you cannot talk to the Lord while staying there,being in the nature, there must be something terribly wrong.
Vivienne Dos Santos & Ruth Richards
The unit was small, dirty and unkempt. I was horrified and the idea to pack up and leave was an option. This is not something you can offer South African residents never mind show this to international tourists.
E du Toit
Stunning views!Outstanding chalets and service!Thank you!
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180 reviews
Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
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ZA
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
,
ZA
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, Safari.com consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire Safari.com team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
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FR
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with Safari.com! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
CSY
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ZA
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at safari.com as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
customer
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AU
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
,
CA
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with Safari.com. We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The Safari.com team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks Safari.com, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
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US
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found safari.com didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through safari.com that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
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US
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
,
IT
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
prinolin
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ZA
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with Safari.com and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
Steven Hopson
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US
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