Highlands Mountain Retreat

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Adorning the attractive foothills of the Free State's Maluti Mountain range is the sun-kissed Golden Gate Highlands National Park with its secluded Highlands Mountain Retreat. The best place to retreat too, with its wooden cabins, tucked into the mountainside, giving astonishing views of the surrounding Maluti Mountains. Spread over 11 600 picturesque hectares of a distinctive ecosystem, this distinct highland territory plays home to a diverse range of indigenous animals, birdlife, and a majestic view of the overlapping mountains.

Accommodaiton

  • Four-bed Log Cottage has one bedroom, with a double sleeper couch (not suitable for adults)in the living area. The bathroom is en-suite and the kitchen is fully equipped, while the living area has its own television (limited channels) and a fireplace. The verandah also serves as a braai (barbecue) area, with its own weber.

  • Four-bed Family Log Cottage has two bedrooms, one with double bed and the other with two single beds, including two en-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower. The kitchen is fully equipped and the living room comes with a television (limited channels) and fireplace. The verandah also serves as a braai (barbecue) area, with its own weber. 

Activities & Facilities

Sites of interest in the Highlands Mountain Retreat area include the Van Reenen family graveyard, the well known Brandwag buttress rock formation, the opportunity to go swimming in the natural pool, and various lookouts and viewpoints from which to spot the park's indigenous wildlife. A guided walk to Cathedral Cave is also offered.

There are no facilities at Highlands Mountain Retreat, you do have the use of the facilities at Glen Reenen rest camp or at the Golden gate Hotel. These include an atmospheric hotel pub with a log fire, picnic site for day visitors with ablution and braai (barbecue) facilities, the Glen Reenen general dealer and filling station, Brandwag curio shop, Vulture restaurant, coffee shop and ladies' bar.

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Rates & Pricing

Log Cottage (FT2/4)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
540
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
270
ZAR
Family Log Cottage (FT4,FT4Z)
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

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

Lizette Jacobs
We had a magnificent view!!! The chalets were well equipped. The spot is in a very private area and well maintained. It is a camp worth recommending. The road to the chalets are in a good condition. The game is plentiful.
LANDI DREYER
We experienced real weather with lovely cloud formations and lighting displays. Lots of game especially Eland and lots of babies, also some snakes! Our accommodation was in need of repair & maintenance (eg front door didn't close properly and the bathroom dark).
ESTER SCHOEMAN
Thank you. Very enjoyable.
J BOSCHARD
Enjoyed our stay very much. The accommodation was clean and attractive and the view was spectacular. We saw a variety of animals and enjoyed some good walks.
Lombaard Reinet
Wow what a great experience. It is surely one of the most beautiful places in our country. Cabins were well heated, exept for the bathroom. the only thing that could need some attention is the shower, seeing as you have to run around to actually get wet. haha. other than that I had the time of my life. I was there alone and never felt in danger or unwelcome. Thank you Highlands Mountain Retreat for a fantastic weekend!
Willem Heckroodt
Great park to visit.
Dina Pellegrin
Highlands Mountain Retreat is well named a peaceful retreat log cabins spacious views tremendous staff unobtrusive --we will be backThe cherry on top ws when we left on Sunday morning we saw the flock of vultures circling overhead
Dina Pellegrin
The log cabins all afford a magnificent view , the daily service is unobtrusive the limited number of cabins make it very relaxing and peaceful - seeing the flock of vultures on our last day was a great bonus. Will Return
Landi Dreyer
The Highlands Mountain Retreat is a wonderful find for us and we will definitely return for a longer stay. It is a plus that there are no predators and we enjoyed a lovely two hour hike early morning.
Liza Odendaal
Amazing! Definitely recommending the retreat.
Moira
BENNIE
View awesome. So quiet and peaceful. Truly a fantastic getaway. Cabin very cozy, clean, spacious. Best holiday ever. A must see. Will visit again, and again and again.......
Jaco Erasmus
We stayed in the Highlands Mountain retreat for a short honeymoon and can REALLY vouch for the romantic atmosphere and exceptional sights.
Jones-Hockley / Coleman
I would recommend HIghland Mountain Retreat to any person wishing to have the most relaxing break ever. The most tranquil surroundings I have ever experienced. The highlight was the horse trail into the cave and to the top of the mountain. The accommodation is superior, it is most definitely a home away from home. We will be back.
Sanneli Kruger
Our stay in the Mountain Retreat was Great. The views from the balcony was amazing and the log cabin itself had everything in you needed. Great opportunity to get away from your busy life and just relax and take in the views. Would recommend the log cabins to anyone looking for peace and quiet.
Joseph
Besides a picturesque landscape and serene silence, the weather couldn't have been more romantic.The cold and wet outside ensured a warm and cozy inside.A must for any bucket list.
mrs .j.a. van beurden
this was amazing but even very cold on the top of the mountain. we really enjoyed the amzing view from our cabin. everything was neat and clean
mrs .j.a. van beurden
this was amazing but even very cold on the top of the mountain. we really enjoyed the amzing view from our cabin. everything was neat and clean
Caroline Hawkins
I loved it here! The log cabin was luxurious and comfortable, no corners had been cut. We made our own fire on the corner fireplace to keep cosy at night. The kitchen was fully equipped, and shower was hot and strong. The views were fantastic, being so high up, you have uninterrupted views of the National Park. Remember to take your binoculars - you can see zebra and wildebeest roaming in the hills. Great place to do walking trails, and perfect for a relaxing break. Staff were also super friendly. Definitely worth a visit!!
Caroline Hawkins
I loved it here! The log cabin was luxurious and comfortable, no corners had been cut. We made our own fire on the corner fireplace to keep cosy at night. The kitchen was fully equipped, and shower was hot and strong. The views were fantastic, being so high up, you have uninterrupted views of the National Park. Remember to take your binoculars - you can see zebra and wildebeest roaming in the hills. Great place to do walking trails, and perfect for a relaxing break. Staff were also super friendly. Definitely worth a visit!!
Jane Fenner
Haven
Frew Clive
It was a lovely experience. Thanks
Frew Clive
It was a lovely experience. Thanks
Mandi de Jager
Die wegbreek na die Drakensberge was fantasties. Die hut waarin ons gebly het was hoog op die berge en dus het die koue ons erg gevang - maar met dit kagel en die verhitte mat onder kinders se "sleeper couch" is dit vinnig gebreuk. Die bokkies het by ons kom kuier en DIT was vir my kinders een van die top punte. Die top punt van top punt was natuurlik die speel in die sneeu. Die algehele ondervinding was genotvol. Dankie
Dr Maarten Potgieter
Fantastic. Friendly staff. Excellent staff... beautiful views. 10/10
J Linstrom
The log cabin and the fire place were fantastic. It was bitterly cold while we were there so we didn't see many animals. I think i would have liked to have known that it is not ideal for children. My daughter was bored stiff and this made it very trying during the weekend. I think it would suit just adults.
Gerald Gadd
Thoroughly enjoyed the couple of days - thank you.One lady at Glen Reenen reception can improve her client skills (rude & unfriendly). Not all equipment in all chalets - e.g. tin opener, etc. Some drains blocked.Venue is fantastic.
Brigitte Purchase
After paying in full for a family of five, we were allocated a tiny one-bedroomed cabin (with two children sharing a pull-out couch in the lounge and the 3rd on a mattress). We were only given 4 sets of cutlery, crockery, glasses etc and the tiny square table was too small so we could not each any meals together as a family. The front door was held together with duct tape letting in a drought so we froze in the middle of winter! The kitchen was under-equipped (no bottle-opener, no can opener, no sharp knife, jug chipped, only one server). Our discomfort led to an early check-out.
Pam
Absolutely beautiful, we had a wonderful break with lovely walks and stunning views. Accommodation was outstanding, the Log cabins are just beautiful.
ALETTA
I recently stayed at the Highland Mountain Retreat. The accommodation was good with everything one may need to make your stay comfortable. The view was spectacular. I looked forward to some quiet time but sadly the cleaners that arrive early in the morning and depart late in the afternoon, continually conversed loudly with each other. The only real time of peace and quiet was at night. Other than that, I had a lovely time and would recommend this venue for busy people in need of a quick break.
CJ de Jager
It was a great experience to visit the park. The mountains are beautiful. The Highlands Mountain Retreat was a good choice and you feel as if you are on top of the world. Great to have a fireplace where one can spend the cold evenings.The Park was smaller than anticipated with only 2 short routes to travel with the car. Not a lot of wildlife with only a few birds. The roads are well maintained. The toilet facilities at the main office for the use of guests are below standard. Overall a great experience but not one to repeat that often. We also did not feel that the 2 days was too short.
CJ de Jager
It was a great experience to visit the park. The mountains are beautiful. The Highlands Mountain Retreat was a good choice and you feel as if you are on top of the world. Great to have a fireplace where one can spend the cold evenings.The Park was smaller than anticipated with only 2 short routes to travel with the car. Not a lot of wildlife with only a few birds. The roads are well maintained. The toilet facilities at the main office for the use of guests are below standard. Overall a great experience but not one to repeat that often. We also did not feel that the 2 days was too short.
Julius Lloyd
We absolutely enjoyed our stay, the spectacular view from the cabin and the staff's proficiency. Please stock up the shop. I had to drive all the way to Bethlehem to by fire lighters!!!! Wed will be back.
Bill Braine
This is the second time we have visited the place and have been very impressed, its a lovely view and very comfortable even in the coldHad my American cousin with us who was delighted with the experience.
George Tossel
We enjoyed staying in a log cottage and enjoying beautiful nature and most of all a peacefull and quiet environment. We would like to visit again in future.
Mariaan Terblanche
Goeie DagDit was 'n pragtig bly plek netjies die uitsig laat mens besef daar is 'n ONS VADER en mens raak stil van die natuurskoon.Ons sal net graag meer diere daar wil sien!!Sal weer daar gaan draai dankie
federica de Micheli
I want really to commend you all for offering such high standards of accommodation and hospitality. Everythig was really perfect. Exceptional value for money and PLEASE do not change: = making it more expensive or lowering the standards. I am in the safari industry and rarely I have found what I found at this retreat. Thank you to all the team!
federica de Micheli
I want really to commend you all for offering such high standards of accommodation and hospitality. Everythig was really perfect. Exceptional value for money and PLEASE do not change: = making it more expensive or lowering the standards. I am in the safari industry and rarely I have found what I found at this retreat. Thank you to all the team!
Stephanie Venter
The Highlands Mountain retreat is the ideal place for a break away. The amazingly beautiful surroundings, together with the opportunity for adventure behind every corner, made for a perfect weekend.We will be back as soon as possible.Would love to see this landscape covered in snow.
Sue Baxter
IT WAS STUNNING !!!!!!NOT ONE COMPLAINT
Sue Baxter
IT WAS STUNNING !!!!!!NOT ONE COMPLAINT
Gail Ross
We absolutely loved the Highlands Mountain Retreat. The staff were welcoming, efficient and helpful. The cabin was most comfortable, clean and well stocked and serviced. Thank you!
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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
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ZA
Jan 27, 2023
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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
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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
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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
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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
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US
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