Clarens, South Africa
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  • Patcham Place B&B

    Patcham Place B&B

    0.7 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.8.Exceptional7 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Patcham Place B&B
  • 278 on Main Luxury Accommodation

    278 on Main Luxury Accommodation

    3.5-star

    0.6 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.0.Superb2 Hotels.com guest reviews
    278 on Main Luxury Accommodation
  • Clarens Escape

    Clarens Escape

    3.5-star

    0.3 miles to city centre

    Guest rating10.0.Exceptional3 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Clarens Escape
  • Stonehaven Guest House

    Stonehaven Guest House

    3.5-star

    0.9 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.4.Exceptional3 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Stonehaven Guest House
  • Clarens Retreat

    Clarens Retreat

    3.5-star

    0.9 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.6.Exceptional11 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Clarens Retreat
  • Andes Clarens Guesthouse

    Andes Clarens Guesthouse

    3-star

    3.8 miles to city centre

    Guest rating10.0.Exceptional1 Hotels.com guest review
    Andes Clarens Guesthouse
  • Titanic View Self Catering

    Titanic View Self Catering

    4-star

    0.9 miles to city centre

    Titanic View Self Catering
  • La Bri Self Catering

    La Bri Self Catering

    4-star

    0.4 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.0.Superb2 Hotels.com guest reviews
    La Bri Self Catering
  • Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens

    4-star

    0.9 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.2.Very good25 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens
  • Mont d'Or Clarens

    Mont d'Or Clarens

    4-star

    1.5 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.2.Very good11 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Mont d'Or Clarens
  • Ash River Lodge B&B

    Ash River Lodge B&B

    3-star

    0.4 miles to city centre

    Guest rating9.0.Superb8 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Ash River Lodge B&B
  • Woodlands Retreat

    Woodlands Retreat

    3-star

    1.2 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.0.Very good2 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Woodlands Retreat
  • Saints Rest

    Saints Rest

    3.5-star

    1.3 miles to city centre

    Saints Rest
  • Knock Out View Clarens

    Knock Out View Clarens

    3-star

    0.4 miles to city centre

    Guest rating8.6.Fabulous4 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Knock Out View Clarens
  • Ambleside Clarens Self Catering Cottages

    Ambleside Clarens Self Catering Cottages

    3-star

    1 mile to city centre

    Guest rating10.0.Exceptional1 Hotels.com guest review
    Ambleside Clarens Self Catering Cottages
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Find out more about Clarens

Clarens Introduction

Clarens is a picturesque little town on the eastern part of South Africa's free state. It sits in the foothills of the Maloti Mountains and shares a border with landlocked Lesotho's Butha-Buthe District. Clarens is a lively artists' enclave, and you'll find numerous studios and galleries exhibiting their works all around here. The town became even more popular when well-preserved dinosaur remains were found just outside its boundaries. Clarens is also a favourite among hikers, fly-fishers, golfers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Hotels in Clarens

Accommodation in Clarens is mostly a range of B&Bs, guesthouses, lodges and holiday homes, with a few boutique hotels thrown in. Many are small, low-rise properties with a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere, all embracing the town's relaxed bohemian vibe. The amenities that these hotels in Clarens offer tend to vary. Free standard amenities include full English breakfast and Wi-Fi. Some guesthouses have outdoor pools, gardens and barbecue areas. The boutique hotels have their own restaurants and lounges, as well as fully equipped business centres and meeting rooms. Most of these lodging options, regardless of type, have balconies and patios where guests can enjoy the mountain views.

Where to stay

Most of the hotels in Clarens are clustered around Main Street. As its name suggests, Main Street is the primary business centre of the village. It's where you'll find most of the town's shops, restaurants and other establishments. There are also a few hotels and lodges on the outskirts of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park is just outside Clarens's boundary. It's a popular destination for hiking and viewing wildlife. Bethlehem, a large town a short drive away from Clarens, has more hotels and other types of accommodation. Bethlehem is a major shopping destination in the Eastern Free State.

Things to see

Clarens Golf Course, located in the Clarens Trout and Golf Estate, is one of the most scenic golf courses in South Africa. The green is by the riverside, the river's waters making the course extra challenging. You'll also be treated to lush mountain views while playing your game. Just outside Clarens is Basotho Cultural Village. This village is a living museum where actors illustrate the traditional way of living of the Basotho people. You can also sample traditional Basotho food as well as shop for unique artworks and handicrafts. Clarens is one of the towns on the Maloti Scenic Route 26. Route 26 offers some of the most beautiful views of the Maloti Mountains and the surrounding terrain. A short drive away from Clarens is Golden Gate Highlands National Park. It's famous for its spectacularly coloured sandstone cliffs, glowing golden, red and purple when lit by the sun.

How to get to Clarens

Driving is the recommended way to get to Clarens. Clarens is a 3-hour drive from Bloemfontein on Route 703 and Route 26. You can also drive to Clarens from Johannesburg using N3 and Route 26. Alternatively, you can take Route 57. Whichever route you take, it will take you around 4 hours to get to Clarens. It's also possible to drive to Clarens from Durban by taking the N3 and Route 74. Driving time is almost 5 hours. Clarens doesn't have a public transportation system, but you can easily walk or ride your bike to your destination within the village.

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