Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Quiet Beauty of Golden Gate




After two days in Durban, I headed North towards JoBurg.

Along the way were 2 more famous sites: Midlands Meander and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

Midlands Meander is a collection of little villages with cute cafes, shops and galleries, dotted along the beautiful countryside around the highway.

The signs will give you some idea…

Midlands Meander signs

It was one of the few rainy, dark days and taking pictures didn’t make much sense. Nor did I spend much time there given the drenching rain, but it’s definitely on my list for a future visit.

The Mandela Capture Sight

While driving through Midlands Meander I happened to stumble across another Mandela landmark – the site where Madiba was captured in 1962, unmistakable through this monument along the road.

mandela capture site

There is a small museum in the back, definitely worth a visit!

Beautiful Golden Gate

Leaving the rain behind, I headed North towards Golden Gate Highlands National Park, a beautiful green mountain range with very distinct features.

Though it was still raining a little, it caught some nice pictures – and this site is beautiful in any weather – enjoy!

Golden Gate highlands National Park, South Africa

Golden Gate highlands National Park, South Africa

Golden Gate highlands National Park, South Africa

Golden Gate highlands National Park, South Africa

little graveyard along a creek….

Golden Gate highlands National Park, South Africa

A lovely Mountain Village

The park road ends in a lovely village named Clarens with a few historic buildings, cafes and restaurants. It is a favorite vacation spot for locals and tourists alike, nestled in the mountains, quiet and peaceful.

I can definitely recommend staying there – or in nearby Bethlehem where I spent the night on a farm….

Golden Gate highlands National Park, South Africa

clarens, South africaa

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  1. What a great cover photo! – and amazing scenery – South Africa seems to have never ending abundance of stunning sites….

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