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The tiny Free State town of Clarens is one of South Africa’s finest destinations as it boasts a myriad of wonderful activities to enjoy for any taste or preference. The immense beauty that Clarens finds... Show more

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4.6 out of 5

Hendrik Strampe

Golden Gate, Baris Cheese Farm, Clarens Town.

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Clarens Reviews

Hendrik Strampe
25 March 2019

Golden Gate, Baris Cheese Farm, Clarens Town.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Christa Faber
04 March 2019

Everything about this little town in its beautiful setting, the variety of people, the shops and restaurants. Its just good for the soul really!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Chris Green
21 January 2019

Unique little time capsule - remnants of yesteryear with all the mod cons of modern living and spectacular Mountain settings. Definitely a place to see and experience!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Erika Lowe
18 January 2019

It is a very beautiful town with friendly people.

Okay. 3 out of 5
Linde Beer
28 December 2018

Peace and quiet at Christmas time. A good Christmas lunch at Gosto restaurant (but beware the R100 cover charge per person). "Eat cheese" for a wonderful breakfast platter. Golden Gate in all its majesty.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Tanya Rosenberg
19 December 2018

It's a quaint little town that knows how to keep tourists happy. Stop in the town square on a weekend for a walk around the market and a cold beer at the brewery.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Joy Barber
02 November 2018

It is a beautiful village. Many restaurants.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Linda Pope
09 October 2018

The mountain views and the art galleries in Clarens.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Pat Wagner
08 October 2018

The best part of Clarens is that there is always something happening and the people are super friendly.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Shelley Burt
27 September 2018

Clarens is a beautiful quaint little town. It has everything you could possibility need, gorgeous gift shops, restaurants with delicious food and a craft brewery all set in the majestic mountains. It's the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Must visits : The Purple Onion, which is a deli kind of store. Clarens Brewery is a must, the beer & ciders are great and the food menu is limited but fantastic. Also Red Stone Distillery has a great range of gins and there cocktails are also great. The Art Cafe is fantastic restaurant if you have kids, as they have a nice big play area for them and the food is delicious. And there cakes are to die for.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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The tiny Free State town of Clarens is one of South Africa’s finest destinations as it boasts a myriad of wonderful activities to enjoy for any taste or preference. The immense beauty that Clarens finds itself ensconced in is alone worth the visit: the town is situated at the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains and is blessed with resplendent natural magnificence that is especially accentuated during the months of autumn when everything is bathed and drenched in different shades of gold. Additionally, being approximately 300km outside of Durban or Johannesburg, Clarens also has a very good and convenient geographical location.

Because of its breathtaking aesthetic appeal, Clarens has become a lure for artists and photographers who have come to find bucketfuls of inspiration after spending time in this place. If you’re an avid art lover or even mildly interested in the subject, then a visit to Clarens will prove most rewarding; various artists have opened their galleries to the public here, while many of the farms nearby are home to precious Bushmen (San) paintings. Other interests of note include the museum, church, and the ‘Cinderella Castle’ that was built using 50 000 beer bottles. Clarens also features a slew of fine restaurants that are sure to satisfy the palette and appetite of any patron.

Clarens is not just about art and fine dining, however. In recent years, the town has become known as a very popular fly-fishing spot with some of the best fly fishing opportunities available; other draw cards are the extreme sports of white water rafting and abseiling. If this is not enough, Clarens is also in close proximity to the sumptuous Golden Gate Nature Reserve and the spellbinding Sterkfontein Dam Reserve.