Golden Gate Highlands and the Drakensberg Mountains

Driving into the gates of Golden Gate Highlands National Park, visitors are greeted by towering sandstone sentinels, standing guard over the waving golden grasses of the plains below. The park, situated in the Free State and butting up against the border with Lesotho, runs through a valley surrounded on both sides by giant, waving cliff faces, painted in hues of yellow, purple, gold and gray by years of erosion and exposure. The landscape is unexpected and breathtaking, and easily one of the most beautiful places I have seen on this earth.

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Dog & Fig Brewery

Cici and I worked up quite a thirst navigating our way down the Vaal River. Conveniently for us, the Dog & Fig Brewery is just a few hundred meters away from Earth Adventures along Kopjeskraal Road in Parys. The brewery is set atop a broad grassy hill with stunning views of the Vredefort dome mountains to the northwest.  From the parking lot, a large but simple industrial structure gives way to an eclectic indoor/outdoor drinking and dining area in the back.

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