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January 19, 2019

The small town of Clarens is situated at the foothill of its attractive feature, the Maloti Mountain. It offers beautiful natural surroundings of many things, such as another of its famous mountains, the Rooiberge. Pristine dams, rivers and streams that are ideal for fly fishing and the best Trout fishing spots in South Africa (SA) and great grade 3 and 4 water rapids when white water river rafting in the Ash River. 

While the town’s great, open space of land, a non-existent luxury in the bigger cities is a chance to be out in the fresh air, participating in the towns favourite sports of Horseback riding or playing Golf. Archery, going on a Hot air balloon ride, 4×4 Trails, Hiking, Abseiling, Mountain biking, Quad riding, the list is endless.  

Clarens is not a town that pretends to be anything it's not and that is what makes it such a wonderful getaway destination for couples, families and groups of friends. This is also where you’ll find Golden View Luxury Accommodation, a bouquet of beautiful guesthouses where visitors can enjoy a lovely, self-catering stay during a visit to Clarens and its surrounding areas. Embrace the wide-open spaces and majestic views of the golden Maluti Mountains. Indulge in the tranquility of these surroundings whilst enjoying the luxury of any of our self-catering guesthouses, modern studios or a comfortable cottage. Visit for more information. 

Situated in the beautiful eastern Free State town of Clarens, all their accommodation is within walking distance from the town square with its quaint shops and art galleries. Visitors can also eat at great restaurants with delicious menus. 

Decks and patios at all units provide space to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and countryside. During the winter, fireplaces will ensure warmth and a cozy atmosphere. 

The town of Clarens is only a 20km drive from the Golden Gate National Park with many interesting stops along the way. The area boasts beautiful scenery and many activities like fly fishing and horse riding. Additional adventure activities can be booked through Clarens Extreme Sport or Outrageous Adventures in town. The town is within easy reach of the Afri Ski Lodge. Maluti Tours arranges snow ski trips into Lesotho. Get more information on

Craft Beer festival
Lush Festival
Cherry festival
HOGS Harley Davidson rally
BMW Motorad
Quilting festival
Mountain Bike races (MTN & other events)
Road Running (10km & 21km races)

Follow Clarens Exclusive on Facebook for list of festivals. 

Fly fishing (trout and bass)
Horse riding
Mountain biking
Bird watching
Adventure sports (abseiling and rock climbing)
Beer tasting at the brewery in town
Whiskey tasting
Craft retreat
Visits to a number of art galleries

Exciting grade 3 and 4 white water rafting all year round, 365 days a year! Not rain dependant. The Ash river just outside Clarens in the Eastern Freestate is fed by the Trans Caledon Transfer Tunnel, which pumps water from the Katze dam high up in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. The crystal clear water flows down the Ash river all the way to the Vaal dam.  

Contact Clarens Xtreme for more info on river rafting and other activities in the area. 

Clarens Oxwagon Camp is a unique ox wagon camp which is situated 7 km from Clarens on the farm Linwood. Accommodation consists of 14, authentic, restored ox wagons, each furnished with 4 single bunk beds sleeping up to 8 people. Each wagon has a braai with table and chairs.The wagon is fitted with a light, but no electrical point. Communal ablutions include classic bucket showers with hot water available, hand basins and flush toilets.

A communal kitchen for the use of all campers consists of a wash-up area, 4 plate gas stove, fridge and a kettle. This rustic camp is an affordable option for individuals, families, and couples seeking an outdoor experience. Be adventures in your relationship and sleep in an ox wagon, it is great fun. Contact them directly for rates and availability. 

Expect to dine with the locals and the artsy type at Clarens restaurants whose menus have an array of dish selections that food worshippers will appreciate as the local restaurants conceptualise a recipe focused on freshness and the highest quality ingredients of hearty, home-made food. Clarens restaurants worth noting are 278 On Main known for its first meal of the day, breakfast. Eat in a quaint, intimate and arty setting with a serving of the best breakfast. Tuck into a plate of French toast and lemon curd, variety of salads comprising of fresh farm produce, conventional sweet pancakes and the not so conventional savoury pancakes with your ingredient choices of either cheese sauce or spinach and cream. Visit for a list of places to eat in the area. 

Visit the Art & Wine gallery on main. The first and only Art and Wine Gallery in South Africa conveniently brings a piece of the Cape within a mere 3 hours drive from Johannesburg. They offer Art and Wine lovers the best opportunity in the Free State to experience the widest range of top quality wine and unique artwork by established artists at the best prices. 

This town is known for being an artsy town that is full of amazing creativity. Works by Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Aviva Maree and more are on display. The venue also sells a wide range of South African wine so be sure to pop in, view some stunning art and take a bottle or two away with you. For more information, visit their website here.

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