Clarens is a small town situated in the Thabo Mofutsanyana region of the Free State Province in South Africa. Established in 1912 and part of the scenic Highlands Route, Clarens sits peacefully in the Maluti Mountains.
The town is predominantly a farming and art community; known by locals as the "Jewel of the Free State". Surrounded by beautiful nature and an abundance of trees, Clarens has a gentle atmosphere. Being close the Golden Gate Bridge, Clarens attracts tourists throughout the year, but it is during the spring and summer months that this little town comes alive.
Many of the buildings in the town have been built out of sandstone, which only adds to its charm and appeal. Clarens may be tranquil but for the adventurous, it is a delight with all the activities on offer.
Clarens offers visitors the chance to stay over in cosy accommodation. These facilities include bed and breakfasts, self-catering units, guest houses and camping sites. For a complete list of places to stay in Clarens, please go to our accommodation directory.
Clarens offers tourists many outdoor and nature inspired activities. The Qwa-Qwa National Park is a definite must-see for all tourists visiting the area. In 2005 this park was incorporated into an enlarged Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
Other things to do in Clarens include:
- Artist Amble
- Bushman Paintings
- Dinosaur Trails
- Surrender Hill
- Titanic Rock
- Quad biking
- Fly fishing
Clarens has a thriving business community thanks to its art and farming communities. There are loads of stalls, shops and restaurants to ensure that tourists come back to visit. Please see our business directory if you would like a complete list of businesses in the area.
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