All about Clarens!

Clarens is in the heart of the Free State, equal distance from Durban, Gauteng and Bloemfontein – the perfect getaway in the mountains for family and friends, romantic weekends or team building events. 

The mountains surrounding the village are pristine and covered with hiking and cycling trails, there are plenty of sports events, and it is the perfect road for a weekend motorbike ride.

Only 35km from the Caledonspoort border post, it is also the gateway to Lesotho, the Mountain Kingdom.

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What to Eat

Italian, German, Fine Country Dining, Portuguese and Traditional, Clarens has a host of flavours to discover! DINNER TIME


With no franchises, Clarens has lots of interesting little shops full of handcrafts and art pieces made locally. EXPLORE ART


Where to Stay

Self Catering, Bed and Breakfast, Luxury or Farm Stay, your perfect nest in the mountains is waiting for you. BOOK ONLINE

Latest Posts

New Route in the CVC

The new route by the Clarens Kloof Dam proves to be quite popular with visitors and locals alike! Demands for a shorter route circulating closer

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Clarens News 16 October

This week’s Clarens News has quite a bit on food, art, history and even a word or two about the legendary Clarens Bigfoot! Featured painting

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Nnete Foundation Visit

The Nnete Foundation is a non-profit organisation located in the #Kgubetswana Township of Clarens, with the primary aim of using teaching as a tool for

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Clarens Country Market

Every Saturday morning there is a feast of local food and ingredients as well as arts and craft at the Bibliophile bookshop in Clarens.

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Fertility Caves Closed

Motouleng Heritage Site, the sacred Fertility Caves between Clarens and Fouriesburg have been closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Police arrived recently and all residents

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Clarens News October 2020

Clarens Art Experience Special Edition this weekend was a tremendous success, and we look forward to it becoming a regular event in the village. Huge

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Discover the Brandwater Basin!

Clarens Village Conservancy

The mountains around the village are part of the Clarens Village Conservancy, and are protected by locally employed Rangers who help preserve the natural beauty of the area, clearing MTB and Hiking paths, and most importantly, maintaining the indigenous nature of the area…

Golden Gate National Park

Just 30km down the road from Clarens the Golden Gate Highlands is South Africa’s highest National Park, well known for its scenic beauty as well as its wildlife and birds. Visit the Vulture Dining Room or the Basotho Cultural Village or experience the pristine beauty of the area by hiking their stunning mountain trails…

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