Accommodation near Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Nestled at the foot of the Maluti Mountains in the north east of the Free State province, near the land locked kingdom of Lesotho, is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. It was named in 1875 by a farmer after he saw the last rays of the setting sun against the sandstone cliffs on either side of the valley near the Golden Gate dam. The park falls under the management of the South African National Parks authority (SANParks).

This national park covers an area of 340 square kilometres and is home to an abundance of fauna and flora. The wildlife includes animals like the black wildebeest, blesbok, eland, oribi, springbok and zebra, among others. It is also home to rare birds like the bearded vulture and the equally rare bald ibis. These birds breed on the ledges of the sandstone cliffs the park is named for.

Ribbokop is the highest point in the park and it has astoundingly beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. It is most popular to visit at sunset because of the beautiful red, yellow and purple hues which form as the warm shades of the point merge with the shadows cast by the mountains. This lighting and of course the overall landscape of the park, is a photographer's heaven!

Points of interest within the park include the historic Van Reenen Family Graveyard, the striking Brandwag Buttress rock formation, Cathedral Cave, Vulture Restaurant and several lookout points such as Generaalskop (the third highest point in the park), as well as the Zuluhoek viewpoint.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Royal Coachman
13.1 km

From R800 PPS

The Royal Coachman lodge offers luxury self-catering accommodation next to a 2.6ha dam well stocked with rainbow and brown trout (river fishing is also available on the property in the Little Caledon)... More Info

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17.1 km

From R850* Unit

Wake up each morning (maybe while drinking your early cup of coffee) and marvel at the sunrise over the mountains. Or watch the evening fade while enjoying a glass of wine. While sitting on your patio... More Info

At Rehoboth and Meerkat Lodges
17.1 km

From R410 PPS

BEAUTIFUL VIEWS and PEACEFUL SURROUNDINGS At Rehoboth Lodge we can host 6 guests . At Meerkat Lodge we can host 2 guests, and two children on a sleeper couch. Our comfortable, well attired lodg... More Info

Clarens Grand Villa
18 km

From R4104* Unit

Welcome to Clarens Grand Villa. A Quiet and peaceful haven surrounded by a 360 mountain view - be spoilt with stunning views from all angles. Set between picturesque Mountains overlooking the quaint a... More Info

Barrister House
18.3 km

From R1325 PPS

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Barrister House offers exceptionally well-appointed self catering accommodation in the Clarens Golf & Leisure Estate. The house is set in an elevated position with breathtaking views of the surroun... More Info

The Clarens Country House
18.5 km

From R650 PPS

The Clarens Country House is nestled in a wooded corner of the secure Clarens Golf and Estate, where it started out as a sheepshed on the original farm - long before the Golf estate came into being. T... More Info

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Saints Rest
18.8 km

From R4800* Unit

Saints Rest is a beautiful luxury guesthouse in the Clarens Valley in the Eastern Free State Highlands. Clarens is 20 kms from the Golden Gate National Park, 40 kms from Bethlehem, and on the Lesotho ... More Info

Cranford Inn Chalets
18.8 km

From R300 PPS

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Come and visit the beautiful town of Clarens and explore the surrounding areas from one of these well equipped, secure and comfortable chalets. Situated 2km out of the centre of town, these 2 seper... More Info

Studio 28 Clarens
18.9 km

From R375 PPS

Situated in the lovely village of Clarens in the Eastern Free State Highlands, Studio 28 Clarens offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in 2 separate apartments. Close to Golden Gate National ... More Info

Hakuna Matata
19 km

From R275 PPS

A tranquil place to stay in Clarens. Hakuna Matata is on a private, secluded property. There are two studio flats next to one another. The double room has double bed. Small lounge area. Tea and ... More Info

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Clarens Reviews

Still one of my favourite holiday destinations. So many beautiful, clearly marked and easily accessible hiking trails in Clarens and not too far away at the Golden Gate. The scenery that surrounds you is breathtaking. The quaint little shops, restaurants and coffee shops make this a unique destination.
- Gillian Venter

Lieflike plek. Kosse uitstekend. Baie om na te kyk en wonderlike natuurskoon.
- Santa Nortier

The village of Clarens has plenty to see and do with many bars, restaurants and shops. Dogs are welcome in most places. The many mountain walking trails are great fun for 2-legged and 4-legged explorers, with magnificent views. Definitely worth a visit!
- Janine Jones

First time visitor to Clarens and enjoyed it very much - will be back
- Lindsey van der Berg

Love it, always have.
- Geraldine Letnik

Visiting this town now for 6 years in a row, brilliant and refreshing get away town to just go and rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the mountains and the fresh air. Restaurants, good food, especially the ROTAR HAHN.
- Hercules Fouche

Very picturesque. A good selection of non-chain shops and restaurants
- Michael Pearmain

Great place to wind down in the clean, fresh air.
- Ron Wells

Wonderful place for a relaxing and to unwind from all the bustle in Johannesburg
- Debbie Abrahams

Clarens.. the best little town in the country.
- Michelle Currie