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2015 International Symposium on Place Names

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Venue and Directions

The venue


Clarens is a picturesque little town at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. The symposium will be hosted at the Protea Hotel. The negotiated rate for symposium delegates is R 1,300 per night (Standard room incl. Breakfast and Dinner with 2 soft drinks) for 15-17 September 2015. Use "ISPN 2015" as reference when making the booking). However, there is a range of accommodation alternatives available in town and everything is within walking distance of one another. 


More about Clarens.


How to get there


Clarens is approximately 300 km from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban (3 to 4 hours’ driving).


Air travel

Most of the world's airlines fly to South Africa, mostly directly to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Some local airlines have a route from Johannesburg to Bethlehem, which is close-by to Clarens. Delegates can rent a car or shuttle from there.


Bus travel

Greyhound and Intercape have routes from all the main towns to Bethlehem, which is close-by to Clarens. Delegates can rent a car or shuttle from there.


Shuttle services

Maluti Footprints and Tours provides shuttle services as well as an assortment of tours. They will co-ordinate the logistics of transporting delegates arriving on different dates and times (min. 8 persons/trip given the distance). Use "ISPN 2015" as reference to make a booking with them at malutifootprints@gmail.com.


There are a number of other shuttle services to make use of:


EZ Shuttle

Mothebe Shuttle Services

Mangaung Excellent Shuttle


Driving yourself

Alternatively you could rent a car and drive yourself.

About airports, maps, and transport/car hire

Detailed road maps


International delegates


Please note that South Africa implemented quite strict visa requirements and delegates should apply for these well ahead of time.

Click here for more information about visa requirements, exchange rates, maps, and so forth.