The announcement is out! Clarens is proud to be nominated for Kwela Town of the Year! Now it’s time to vote: Any phone number can SMS up to 30 votes for their choice of Town, so please send the word CLARENS to 33157 at R1.50 per vote to see your favourite village featured as Kyknet Dorp van die Jaar!
Overlooking the Drakensberg, gateway to Lesotho, at the entrance to the Golden Gate Park is the mountain village of Clarens. The area surrounding is geologically incredible, filled with dinosaur fossils, hidden waterfalls and crystals, but the true gems are the residents.
Clarens is the Heart of the Eastern Free State and was founded in 1912, but its history goes much further back. The Naauwpoort Nek pass is one of 3 entrances into the Brandwater Basin, and was contested by Boers, Sotho and later the British. The Caledon River separating SA from Lesotho runs through this basin, and buildings and headstones date back to 1860, when the earliest settlers set up trading stations and homesteads.
Filled with restaurants, quaint shops and art galleries, the village has worked hard to retain its unique character. Most of the businesses are owner run, and there are no franchises allowed, which helps keep the charm and atmosphere of a small town, while being able to cater to the most discerning tastes in local and international travel.
Hierdie bekende bergdorpie, wat oor die Drakensberge uitkyk, en aan die voet van die Maloti Berg le, het haarself oor die laaste paar jaar as ‘n toerismegunsteling gevestig. Die dinosorusfossiele, versteekte watervalle, en kristalle verleen verder tot ‘n reeds magiese atmosfeer.
Dit is natuurlik ook ‘n deurgangspoort na Lesotho en is by die ingang van die Golden Gate.
Die reekse unieke winkeltjies, restuarante, kunsgallerye en besighede vestig Clarens as ‘n eiesoortige kuns – en toerismedorpie, waar die inwoners trots op haar gees is en dit gevolglik probeer bewaar.
Perdry, watersporte, boogskiet, gholfspeel, lugballonritte en vele ander buitemuursaktiwiteite sal jou hier vaspen.