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Clarens is a town in the Free State, South Africa.

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From Johannesburg take the N3 Highway South (to Durban). After approximately 230 km you will reach the town of Warden. Take the R714 offramp and turn right (west) towards Bethlehem. Where the R714 ends in a T-junction with the R26, turn left towards Bethlehem. Drive straight through the town not turning anywhere. You will find yourself on the N5 when you leave town. Approximately 7 km out of town you must turn right, taking the R712 to Clarens. After about 28 km the town entrance will be on your right. If you pass, you continue onto Golden Gate National Park.

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Clarens has a small business district centered around the town square, where most of the shops, restaurants, and art galleries are located. Most accommodation establishments are within reasonable walking distance of the square. There is no public transport of any kind available and parking for cars is severely limited, so the best option is to walk or to bring your bicycle - cycling is very popular and there are many trails around the town. The town is one of the safest in the country and even at night you are safe out walking although the street lights are few and far between and therefore ladies are advised not to walk alone after dark. There is at least one error on Google maps - it shows Hill street as a continuous street at the southern edge of the town while in fact is is bisected by a stream that can only be crossed on foot or by bicycle. The western side of Hill street, where the main entrance to the Nature Reserve is located, can only be reached by vehicle via van Reenen and le Roux street.

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  • Mount Rose self-catering guesthouse, 230 Roos street, Clarens South Africa, +27 82 925 4203, [1]. checkin: 14h00; checkout: 10h00. Free-standing four bedroom house in rose-filled garden. Fully fenced with double garage and burglar alarm. Three en-suite bathrooms plus toilet and washbasin closet. Complimentary toiletries in bathrooms. Towels provided. Large kitchen with all cutlery, crockery, pots, cooking utensils and glasses provided. Double oven with 4-plate hob, fridge/freezer, microwave oven, automatic dishwasher, coffee plungers, kettle, 4-slice toaster and tumble dryer. Wood fireplace, roofed veranda and built-in barbecue, master bedroom with private balcony, large sitting and dining area. Five minutes' walking from town center, stunning view of mountains. We welcome well-behaved pets. R570 - R620 pppn. (-28.517148,28.419979) edit

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