Featured image of Townlands Dam by Abie Mofokeng

Your Guide to the village of Clarens

This little village in the mountains of the Eastern Free State, on the edge of the Golden Gate National Park looking down over the Drakensburg (probably the most breath taking mountains of South Africa) is the beginning of a great adventure into tranquility.

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Recent Posts

The Amohela MTB Clarens Classic has just been held and was a resounding success. The event looks set to grow from strength to strength with organizers Natalie and Stefan of Beer Festival fame leading the charge.

The Townland Dam is almost full thanks to recent rainfall, so we bathe again!

Clarens locals take to the sky! Elvis Mokoena is daring to dream

The ideas of adventure and tranquility don’t always go together, but here in the rustig heart of Free State calm and hospitality, you will find Activities to thrill your heart from horse riding and hiking to white water rafting, 4×4 trails and abseiling.

Ride the White Water!

After a full day of adrenaline (or instead of one…) the Restaurants and shops are their own treasures In Clarens boerekos and high cuisine rub shoulders with pubs and bistros, Italian, German and Portuguese. The Delis  are full of local treats and surprises, Art galleries, bookshops, hand crafts and leather workers create unique must haves, and the locals are always happy to engage and share a moment of their time with visitors who are treated as guests.

Your Home in the Mountains

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. The Conservancy dam is a much loved swimming spot among locals when the summer heat bakes the sandstone, and it’s the perfect way to cool down after a long hike through kloofs and caves up to the top the world.

The surrounding geology shows millions of years of the earth’s timeline in its layers and colors, bands of sandstone and basalt sandwiching the red mud of ancient seas and dinosaur fossils, and the rock art of the first men are all in abundance in the cliffs and caves of Clarens.

Some of the most amazing views of the cut away rocks and examples of Dinosaur fossils can be found in the Old Mill Drift Valley, just outside of Clarens, a couple of kilometers down the road to Fouriesburg, just past Verraiers Kop. Make sure to visit the Old Mielie Mill which used to be local grinding place for half of Lesotho.

Magic Valley

Feel free, no, welcome to explore the village here on the web, and we look forward to seeing you one day soon, in person.

Beyond the village there is a wealth of history and adventure in the mountains around and the Golden Gate Park just down the road.

Self-Drives, Surrounding areas

History Art & Writing

The News part contains archives and history as well as interesting stories and experiences that can be enjoyed in the surrounding mountains and places of interest


Clarens has a strong local involvement with the Kgubetswana township and various social initiatives help keep the area pristine and beautiful

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