Recommended route from Johannesburg: (approx. 300k) Given present road conditions take the N1 (to Bloemfontein). Turn off along R57 through Van der Bijl Park, Sasolburg, Heilbron and Petrus Steyn. As you approach Reitz turn right onto the R26 to Bethlehem. Go through Bethlehem (you will now be on N5). About 8kms out of Bethlehem, turn right onto R712. Clarens is about 30k (about 25 minutes) from Bethlehem.
Alternate route from Johannesburg: (Approx 300k) Take the N3 towards Durban. At Villiers exit left onto the N26 and cross over the freeway and head in the direction of Frankfort. At the T junction at Frankfort turn right onto the R26 to Bethlehem (via Tweeling and Reitz.) The road between Frankfort and Reitz has potholes under repair (especially around the Tweeling area.) Go through Bethlehem (you will now be on N5). About 8kms out of Bethlehem, turn right onto R712. Clarens is about 30k (about 25 minutes) from Bethlehem. This route is not recommended for night-time travel, owing to the nature of the potholes and road works.
Recommended route from Durban: Take the N3 (towards Johannesburg) but exit left at Harrismith (298 km from Durban) onto the N5. Pass through Harrismith and turn left onto R712 to Phuthadtjhaba. This route will take you through the scenic Golden Gate Highlands National Park, and on to Clarens.
Alternate route from Durban: (374 k) Exit the N3 shortly after the Shell Ultra-City north of Estcourt, onto the R74. You will pass through Winterton, Bergville and then make your way up the Oliviershoek pass past the Sterkfontein Dam – making for a very scenic drive. You eventually come to a T junction where you go left onto the R712 to Phuthadtjaba and The Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Clarens is 105km from Harrismith. This route is not recommended for travellers travelling after dark owing to road works.
Recommended route from Bloemfontein (via Botshabelom Ladybrand and Ficksburg) 271 km 2,5 – 3 hours hours. From Bloemfontein take the N 8 to Ladybrand (133km) and then R26 via Ficksburg (69km) and another 49km to Fouriesburg. Immediately before Foureisburg take the R 711 to Clarens (36km).
Alternate route from Bloemfontien (via Bethlehem) (280 km)Take the N1 towards Johannesburg. Just after Winburg take the N5 to Bethlehem. Go through Bethlehem but turn right onto the N5 (signposted to Durban). About 8kms out of Bethlehem, turn right onto R712. Clarens is about 30k (about 25 minutes) from Bethlehem.