Welcome to Clarens
Free State, South Africa
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2011 Media 24 Tourism Town of the Year
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Clarens is nestled peacefully in the bowl of the Rooiberge with breathtaking panoramic views. The surrounding mountains hold the historic memories of the area, beginning in a richly recorded prehistory that includes the discovery of the oldest, intact dinosaur embryos ever uncovered; exhibiting natural San rock-art in gigantic caves and on cliff faces; through fraught times and famous battles and concluding with our modern day. The famous rock formations in and around Clarens are named and used by villagers as part of their orientation; The Titanic, Mount Horeb and the Hol Krans, to name a few.
Clarens hosts 23 art galleries which is more than any other town in South Africa. Aspirant artists in the village are well located for the best tuition by eminent residents and well established artists. Successful art classes are regularly hosted and attended by people countrywide. One of the great pastimes when visiting the village of Clarens is strolling from one art gallery to another, buying art.
In addition to the Ash River rushing from the Khatse Dam to deliver pristine water to the Vaal, it affords exclusive, perennial and heart-stopping rafting experiences for adventurers visiting Clarens, ranging from rigorous outdoor adventures, to golf, fishing, riding, tennis, squash, hiking, birding, mountain biking, white water rafting, swimming in the waterfalls close by, joining a tour of the important prehistoric sites, visiting the battlefields, strolling through the village stopping to add to a collection of handmade knives forged by our knife maker, being treated in one of our day spas and listening to music performed by local musicians.
AccommodationClarens and environs offer a wide variety of accommodation venues to suit every taste and budget - ranging from 5 star graded to backpackers. In addition to several hotels, there are numerous self- catering establishments as well as Bed and Breakfast accommodation. You can choose to stay in the village within walking distance of restaurants, art galleries and shops or opt for Golf Estate accommodation just a 2 minute drive to the village. If you would prefer a more rural setting, Clarens offers trout lodges, game farms and working farm accommodation in close proximity to Clarens. Campers/caravaners are catered for on the outskirts of Clarens as well as at Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
The adjoining farms also offer a choice of venues for weddings and accommodation; also specialized facilities such as the ox wagon campsite.
Hours are spent relaxing and being spoilt for choice by the menus of any of our 20 or more restaurants.