Wonderful Clarens - go on, spoil yourself

Clarens is an attractive small village found just 20km to the west of the Golden Gate National Park. This is a perfect spot from which to base yourself and explore the wonders of the Eastern Highlands which neighbours the borders of Lesotho. Many artists have been attracted to this area by the surrounding beautiful countryside, spectacular sandstone mountains and you will find a number of excellent galleries in Clarens displaying their work.

Tourists flock here to appreciate the charm of the village and explore the craft shops and relax in the tea rooms found here. Clarens is actually named after a Swiss holiday resort on the shores of Lake Geneva and where President Paul Kruger died in 1904. It's worth popping into the local Clarens Tourist Office to discover what is on offer and perhaps to find out about the white water rafting that you can do along the Ash River. Clarens is about a 4 hour drive from Durban and 3 hours from Johannesburg.

The climate in Clarens is lovely and has been described as one of the most picturesque places in South Africa. If you like fishing then this is the place to come for the Trout fishing has been voted as the best in South Africa. The surrounding countryside also provides some excellent horse riding opportunities and a great way to see the area. The area is well served by guest houses, B&B's, self catering establishments and hotels so accommodation is not a problem.
For accommodation ideas in Clarens:
4 Star Oranje Gasteplaas (Guest House) - The beautifully restored farmhouse has panoramic views and a great veranda ideal for barbeques or sundowners.  An excellent venue to host your conference or wedding catering for up to 200 guests.
4 Star Boeretroos Gastehuis (Self-Catering) - Situated above an 18-hole golf course it has a 360 degree view over the mountains, valleys, sandstone cliffs and landscape that inspire artists - french country-style interior which has an intimate, cosy feel.

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  1. After reading your blog, I am so excited to see various wonderful places in Clarens. I have also been suggested to my friends and relatives at least visit one time in Clarens and enjoy the wonders of it.