Fittingly referred to as "the jewel of the Free State", Clarens is comfortably situated between the high sandstone Rooiberg and the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The scenery in Clarens is a well-known attraction for artists and photographers throughout the year, especially in autumn when the leaves turn a golden crisp colour.
Many local artists have opened their studios for the public to visit. The art galleries, charming church and historical museum are all worth visiting. The tiny "Cinderella Castle" in Naupoort Street , built using 50 000 beer bottles, is also a sight to behold.
There are many bushman (San) paintings to be found on the farms near the Highland Routes, along the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. The tranquil village environment, the magnificent views and the mild climate make Clarens a pleasant and stress free weekend getaway.
Popular with locals, Clarens is only a 3 hour drive from Johannesburg or Durban. Around the village square, Clarens boasts exceptional restaurants. Other fun-filled activities include fly fishing, hiking and for the more adventurous, abseiling and water rafting.
Clarens offers scenic splendour, historical wealth and all-round holiday bliss, making it a noteworthy addition to your list of desired travel destinations.
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A five minute walk from the centre of the village, this self contained, luxury, private, self catering cottage is perfect for that relaxing getaway for two.
Surrounded by the magnificent Maluti Moun... More Info
Clarens Cottage is self-catering accommodation situated within 10 minutes walking distance of the village's shops and local amenities. This modern 2 bedroom cottage can accommodate 4 guests. One bedro... More Info
The elegant, comfortable Suites at Woodlands Retreat are set in the peaceful Woodland Cottage, surrounded by the protective arms of the inspiring Rooiberg sandstone mountains of Clarens, The Jewel o... More Info
Our comfortable, well attired lodges combine a farm environment together with a quiet and peaceful place to stay in Clarens, South Africa. The views from our lodges of the surrounding... More Info
Alberry Cottages is a beautiful double storey sandstone self-catering cottage situated in Clarens. Being only a few minutes walk to the village square makes this a perfectly situated get away, with a ... More Info
See-View House and Cottage is located close to the city centre, within easy walk to galleries, shops and restaurants. From the big garden, guests can enjoy lovely mountain views and there is also a ba... More Info
Kalm is situated in the Swartland suburb of Clarens, a quiet area within walking distance of the town square. We have five rooms, "Anybody's", "Somebody's" and "Theirs" which are Bed and Breakfast; ... More Info
Knock out View is a cosy guesthouse situated in town, a short walking distance from the art galleries, restaurants and shops.
The name, Knock out View, comes from the stunning view from the deck... More Info
Mt Rouge Guest House is situated at the foothills of the Red Mountains, on the edge of a walking trail. Guests have an unspoiled view from their rooms of the surrounding mountains. Interesting rock fo... More Info
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Built in Neo-Colonial style, Red Mountain House is conveniently situated at the heart of the village square. This TGSA 4-star establishment is within strolling distance of the village's brewery, art g... More Info
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A lovely town. Very busy over the weekend, but quieter during the week. Plenty of art galleries for anyone looking for new art. And a lot of other shops - definitely not your standard Mall shopping - for people to browse around and find some interesting items to purchase or for gifts. It unfortunately rained whilst we were there so we did not get to do the walking that we had intended.
- Jannice Mcneill
Clarens is a great place, beautiful country side, lots to do for both the parents and kids
- Pieter Conradie
You can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. A number of restaurants that you can go and sit outside and take in the fresh air. Will go back in the winter.
- Adrian Froneman
Always a great experience!
- Caren Bronn
Beautiful little town with a variety of activities. If it's rest your looking for, or a romantic getaway - this is the place to recover and/or connect while at a scenic place, and beautiful town! ...and if it's adventure you're craving....then GO GO GO to Clarens!
- Ireze Van Wyk