About Clarens

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The Jewel of the Free State

Clarens, the jewel of the Free State, is only 3 hours from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and the Natal Midlands, and offers the best of country cuisine, art, adventure, luxury and budget accommodation, shopping, pubs, brewery festivals, conferencing and wedding venues, golf, dinosaur walks, horse riding, white water rafting, hiking and biking, fishing and relaxation in central South Africa. Clarens is big sky country with breath-taking mountain views, blue skies year round and a constellation of night stars to charm you. Even the legendary Clarens winters are a reason to celebrate life and love in front of a blazing fire. A stepping-stone to skiing and adventure in Lesotho, Clarens has charmed generations of visitors with its big-hearted welcome. Challenge nature on well-mapped mountain trails, browse over 20 art galleries, ride the white water of the Ash River or while away a lazy afternoon in the brewery. Clarens has something for everyone – and a whole lot more.



Click onto the headings below for more information

Location:   Map and directions;     Recommended routes

Climate :  Seasons;   Temperature and Rainfall figures;   Weather forecast  

Exploring Clarens: EnvironmentClarens Village Nature ReserveArt and Craft, Features, Shops

Art and Craft:   Art Galleries;  Art courses and events

Things to do:  Activities; Self-drive adventure; Tours

Village Life:  Village Life;  Community Organizations

News articles:  One way to learn a bit more about Clarens, its history, and some of the reasons why Clarens is such a special town, is to browse through the various news articles that have been written about Clarens.