Established in 1912 and part of the scenic Highlands Route, Clarens sits peacefully in the Maluti Mountains. The town is known as “The Jewel of the Free State” and is a must-see on any Free State trip. It was established in 1912 and named after the town of Clarens in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days.
Surrounded by beautiful nature and an abundance of trees, Clarens has a gentle atmosphere. Being close to the Golden Gate Highlands NP, Clarens attracts tourists throughout the year, but it is during the spring and summer months that this little town comes alive.
Take a walk down the main street and sample eateries, art galleries and arts & crafts shops galore. If you enjoy the outdoors, you’re in for a treat – experience white water rafting, 4X4 safaris, horse trails and hikes in a truly spectacular landscape.
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 is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful climate. It is one of the most picturesque spots in South Africa and has recently been acclaimed as the best Trout Fishing waters in South Africa.
The Golden Gate Highlands National Park with its sandstone formations and cliffs is 17 km from Clarens. The Qwa-Qwa National Park is a definite must-see for all tourists visiting the area. In 2005 this park was incorporated into Golden Gate.
Activities include: horse riding, abseiling, hiking, fly fishing, fossil hunting, white water rafting and golf. Live music is often performed on weekends.