School holiday season approaches again, and here are some of our favourite suggestions for activities for the whole family. From white water rafting to chilling with loved ones over great food. Horseriding, hiking, mountain biking, drives and fishing, Clarens has a world of adventure and so many exciting things to do:

Clarens – A world of Activity

Explore the Conservancy

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.

Golden Gate 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.

Clarens has many fine restaurants, delis and coffee shops.  This is however a busy time of the year, so booking is essential.  Have a look at the Restaurants Page HERE

From Putt Putt to Paintball, white water rafting and mountain biking,  enough adrenaline for the entire family.

Take a Drive

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

Lionsrock is just the other side of Bethlehem from Clarens. They look after big cats rescued from all over the world, and rehabilitate them in the tranquil calm of the Eastern Free State.

Author: Clarens Guide