For nature, art and fun, Clarens is an ideal getaway. Find yourselves in a frenzy of art buying, restauranthopping, cycling, game driving, trout fishing, birding and latenight wining and dining.
A visit to Clarens is so rich with experience— here is why:
Walk the Angels Wing Trail – this requires some forward planning and reserving as it’s a 2-day trail. The Angels Wing Trail in Clarens is popular and perfect for a weekend break. Your vehicle can be left at the secure parking lot off the R712 Golden Gate Road. You are then collected and taken up the mountain in a 4×4 vehicle to the Ouma’s Kraal overnight hut.
Cool off in streams and rock pools, enjoy beautiful views and find yourself forgetting all about your busy city-life. There are plenty of other hiking trails, so do some research to find the perfect walk for your fitness level.
Drink at the Clarens Brewery which was inspired by fun, adventure and a passionate approach to brewing craft beers. The team at the brewery share an incredible knowledge of beer and cider brewing, as well as a modern approach to creating new flavours. Situated in the heart of this little town it offers locals and visitors the opportunity to sample a selection of ales, ciders, liqueurs and spirits. Tastings and brewery tours are conducted free of charge, so you really have no excuse!
The brewery has a gorgeous location at the foot of the magnificent Maluti Mountains.
Relax at the Clarens Wellness Day Spa where the focus is on de-stressing and healing. A variety of treatments are on offer including couples treatments, body therapy and massages. This Wellness Day Spa has a team that is dedicated to the healing and harmonising of mind, body and soul. Their professional manner, goal for inner peace and natural treatments equips them to make every treatment an unforgettable one.
Adventure with some river rafting down the Ash River as it’s not enough to just soak up awesome scenery; you want to immerse yourself in it too. Whether it’s feeling the rush of the rapids with some white-river rafting or hiking up incredible mountains, there are plenty of adventures to have in this scenic corner of South Africa!
Your adventure starts in town where you meet your guides before driving 12 kms out of town to begin the days rafting down the Ash River. Although white water rafting can be quite extreme, have no fear as there are rapids suited to everyone. Going down this 18km stretch of the Ash River you will encounter the river’s Grade 3 and 4 rapids, including Car Wash, Fish Pond and Big Surprise.
Tel: +27 (0)58 256 1260
Cell: +27 (0)82 563 6242
Cell: +27 (0)83 485 9654
Eat your way through Clarens, as there is no shortage of great restaurant, pubs, bistros, farm-style kitchens, delis and even a gourmet shed. If you’re a foodie whose calling is finding small town culinary hotspots or a tourist travelling to the town, you’ll be kept busy all weekend indulging in home-made treats. Here are some favourites:
Gourmet Shed, in a converted sandstone barn, it offers a unique restaurant and country-style feasting.
Artist Café, ideal if you are traveling with children and offers cosy indoor seating, with a fireplace or cool comfortable outdoor seating where you can get lost in the views of the mountains.
Clementines restaurant and bar, here you can dine with stunning views of the mountains.
Sugar and Cinnamon, which is great for a breakfast pit stop with homemade deliciousness.
Get your morning started with a hearty breakfast at The Courtyard Café.
Finding accommodation in Clarens is easy, as you are spoilt for choice. Here are a few to get you started:
Waterford House is a great option for golfers as it’s on Clarens Golf and Trout Estate. The luxurious home has a comfortable, cottage-like feel and covered patio with views of the mountain.
Brookside Self-Catering Cottage is within easy walking distance of the village square and offers twin self-contained apartments, which sleep two each.Rebellie Game Farm is set in the mountains outside Clarens and boasts an impressive 4×4 trail.
Clarens Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0) 58 256 1542
HOW TO GET HERE
Clarens is in the Eastern Free State highlands, approximately a 3-hour drive from either Johannesburg or Bloemfontein.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Any time of year is good but autumn and spring are particularly beautiful.