This historical landmark which was established in 1892 is the best halfway stop at the top of Van Reenen’s Pass and is just 1 km off the N3. Recently restored and steeped in history they offer varied accommodation options with all their rooms being comfortable and spacious. You can book online or call them direct on 058 671 0027.

The Green Lantern Inn is currently owned by Bill and Gail Ross-Adams and was named after the large green lantern that was hung from a pole at the top of the new pass. This was used to indicate to motorists that they had reached the summit, especially in the heavy mist that Van Reenen is known for. The Green Lantern has been around for over 130 years starting as a famous rest stop along the wagon route between JHB & DBN to being the headquarters during the Boer War.

They cater for weddings between 20-80 guests and host special themed parties, business conferences, reunions and can cater for other celebrations up to 140 people.

This venue has a restaurant which is open all day for travellers and guests. It also has a beautifully manicured English Country Garden and has a safe playground for the kiddies with hotel bunnies and chickens and the most famous resident of all – a donkey called “Bojangles”. On Sunday’s they offer a plated Sunday Lunch with roast beef and seasonal vegetables R89.00 per person.

Clarens and the Golden Gate National Park is just an hour’s drive away and there are some lovely places along the way and in the village to see if you would like to explore the area including the Van Reenen’s famous little church too.

With their famous pub just 20 m across the border and serving thirsty travellers since 1932 the famous Halfway Noggin Pub is a must to visit as well. The bar counter is made from Burmese Teak and was obtained from the Harrismith Standard Bank in the early 1930’s. “Bojangles” is a regular visitor in the Pub too.

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