Clarens is well known for its Art and Craft and is often referred to as the Art Mecca of South Africa. There is a wide selection of art on offer catering to all tastes. Pick up a copy of the Clarens Art Route map from one of the galleries. It’s not only a guide to the art galleries – but a wonderful way to explore Clarens.
#2. Enjoy the Clarens Village Nature Reserve
Beautiful walks, hiking, mountain biking, swimming. Maps of the hiking and biking trails are available from most shops in Clarens. Hiking – and swimming in the dam – is free, but bikers need to have a permit to use the cycling trails. Permits are available at Clarens Xtreme in Sias Oosthuizen Street.
#3. Visit The Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is well known for it’s scenic beauty, as well as its wildlife and birds. Drive the Blesbok and Oribi Loops. (Maps are available at the Information Centre opposite Glen Reenen Rest Camp.) and be sure to visit the Golden Gate Vulture Hide. While you’re in the park, visit to the Basotho Cultural Village – a living museum will give you a unique insight into the ways and lifestyle of traditional Basotho people.
#4. Eat out.
Clarens has many fine restaurants, delis and coffee shops. This is however a busy time of the year, so booking is essential.
#5. Take a drive to Fouriesburg.
Enjoy scenic views over the Maluti Mountains. Look out for Mushroom Rock (at the turn-off to St Fort) and visit the Plaque at Surrender Hill. Further along the route you may spot Queen Victoria. (Turn off onto the S505 to Lesoba Guest Farm to get a perfect view of her.) Be sure to stop at The Rose Hip restaurant at The Rose House to enjoy locally produced red wine, from organically grown grapes grown right here in the Eastern Freestate. If you want to book for lunch Contact Trish: 072 142 3183.