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  • View of Clarens from the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate © PixelPirates
  • Restaurants and Art Galleries abound in the picturesque town of Clarens © PixelPirate
  • Market Straat Wes (Market Street West), taken from the town square. © PixelPirate
  • Shopping in Clarens is like stepping back in time. © PixelPirate
  • Looking south towards the town of Clarens. © PixelPirate
  • Taken from Main Street across to Market Straat Wes (Market Street West). © PixelPirate
  • Main St in Clarens provides a unique insight into a bygone time. © PixelPirate
  • NG Kerk (Church) in Main St, Clarens © PixelPirates
  • NG Kerk (Church) on Main Street © PixelPirates
  • In Clarens, every view is a "postcard view". This view is south-east down Van Zyl St. © PixelPirate
  • View of Market Straat Oos (Market Street East) from the town square © PixelPirate
  • Corner of Main and Market Streets in Clarens © PixelPirate
  • Corner of Market St and Market Straat Wes St in Clarens © PixelPirate
  • The old red tractor marks the spot of the Artist's Cafe, on the corner of Main Street and Van Zyl Street in Clarens © PixelPirate
  • NG Kerk (Church) on Main Street © PixelPirates


When it comes to accommodation in Clarens there is an overwhelming choice given that the area is relatively small. One could almost say that throwing a stone in any direction would probably hit a Bed and Breakfast in Clarens. For those seeking a little more independence from a regular B&B there is vast selection of self catering accommodation in Clarens. If pampering is your thing, why not consider a Hotel in Clarens.

Visitors to the quaint village of Clarens are spoilt for choice with a host of galleries, craft shops and restaurants to explore, while the more adventurous in the family can indulge themselves in the many outdoor pursuits on offer. Clarens has become an artist's haven, possibly lured here by the unique golden light cast by the sun on the cliffs of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Even the ancient inhabitants of the Clarens countryside were inspired to express themselves artistically as is evident from the many Bushman paintings in the surrounding sandstone cliffs.

It is a destination for the whole family. Dad can go golfing or trout fishing while Mum browses the shops at her leisure or enjoys a spot of tennis. The teens can go horse riding, river rafting or play paintball games while the younger children hunt bones on the Dinosaur trail. Grandparents can indulge in the more leisurely pursuits of bowls, game watching and bird spotting. Whatever you do, don't forget to bring your camera.

10 Interesting things about Clarens:

1. Geographical Beauty: Nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, Clarens offers stunning natural landscapes. The town is located near the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which is famous for its breathtaking sandstone cliffs that glow golden-orange in the sunlight.

2. Artistic Hub: Clarens is often referred to as the "Jewel of the Free State" due to its thriving art community. The town boasts numerous art galleries and studios, attracting artists and art lovers from across the country. The local artists draw inspiration from the picturesque surroundings.

3. Historical Significance: The town was established in 1912 and named after the town of Clarens in Switzerland, where former South African President Paul Kruger spent his last days in exile. The area's history is rich with tales from the Anglo-Boer War, and historical sites related to the war can be found nearby.

4. Adventure and Outdoor Activities: Clarens is a popular destination for adventure seekers. The surrounding area offers various outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and white-water rafting. The nearby Ash River is a hotspot for thrilling water sports.

5. Clarens Brewery: The town is home to the Clarens Brewery, one of South Africa's first brew-pubs. Visitors can enjoy a variety of craft beers and ciders, all brewed on-site. The brewery is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

6. Annual Festivals: Clarens hosts several annual festivals that draw visitors from far and wide. Notable events include the Clarens Craft Beer Festival and the Cherry Festival, which celebrate local produce and crafts.

7. Fossil Sites: The area around Clarens is rich in paleontological sites. Fossils from the Triassic and Jurassic periods have been found here, providing significant insights into the region's prehistoric past.

8. Climate: Clarens experiences a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters. The town occasionally receives snowfall during winter, adding to its charm and attracting visitors who enjoy winter sports.

9. Tranquil Retreat: Known for its peaceful atmosphere, Clarens is a popular retreat for city dwellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle. The town’s serene environment and scenic beauty make it an ideal destination for relaxation and rejuvenation.

10. Cultural Experiences: The local Basotho culture influences the town’s traditions and crafts. Visitors can explore traditional Basotho arts, crafts, and cultural practices in and around Clarens, adding a unique cultural dimension to their visit.

Accommodation in Clarens - A town for all seasons

Clarens, situated in the Eastern Free State, is set in a picturesque location between the Maluti Mountains in the south and the Golden Gate National Park in the East. The town is small, but boasts a plethora of Art Galleries and Restaurants, with every second home seemingly to be a Bed and Breakfast or offer Self Catering accommodation. For those looking to be pampered, how about a fully-catered option or even a Clarens Hotel?





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