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The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State
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The 7 Best Small Towns in the Free State

The landlocked Free State lies virtually in the middle of South Africa. It’s considered the traditional heartland of the Afrikaner; countryside through which one drives en route from Johannesburg or the Western Cape. Few choose to tour the province. Yet for...
The Small Town Charms of South Africa
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The Small Town Charms of South Africa

The small towns of South Africa lend this diverse country so much of its charm and appeal. Many of the towns are popular tourist destinations in their own rights, but some are quiet little retreats that are almost unheard of on the global tourism platform. Loc...
Rosendal – the “new” Clarens?
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Rosendal – the “new” Clarens?

I'd heard that Rosendal is the "next" Clarens and seeing as we were en route from Ficksburg to Clarens and Rosendal is only a teeny bit off track we used this as our opportunity to pop in and see the village for ourselves. One is greeted by a fairly large ‘...
Clarens entices, enchants and continues to appeal
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Clarens entices, enchants and continues to appeal

The town of Clarens has been on the lips of enthusiasts for years. It's used as the yardstick for just about any town in the vicinity of the Free State, so I was curious on entering - not having visited for about six years. Would the town have retained its art...
Route 26 is more than a Pretty Face – Move over Route 62
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Route 26 is more than a Pretty Face – Move over Route 62

We travelled Route 26, which is also part of the not much publicised Maloti Route all the way to Fouriesburg, where we then turned onto the R711 to Clarens. The drive winds through and past the towns of Zastron, Vanstadensrus, Wepener, Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Cl...
Clarens in photographs
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Clarens in photographs

Between the high sandstone Rooiberge and the Maluti Mountains, the picturesque little town of Clarens is aptly described as "The Jewel of the Free State". Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in very close proximity to the Golden Gat...
I Love Clarens because …
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I Love Clarens because …

Hi, I’m Gavin Northcote from Highland View in Clarens in the Eastern Free State. CLARENS IS BEST KNOWN FOR great scenery, the outdoors, restaurants and galleries. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN by a friend in front of NG Church in the main street. It is the most...