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Things to do in and around Clarens

Clarens has recently been acclaimed as the best Trout Fishing waters in South Africa and is also fast becoming known as the adventure capital of the Free State with a wide choice of outdoor activities at hand. The list is of possibilities is a long one: there’s hiking, quad biking, abseiling, horse riding, fly-fishing, trout fishing, 4x4 trails, clay pigeon shooting, climbing walls, whitewater rafting, golf, squash, tennis, bowls, swimming and rock climbing. Fossil hunting has also become very popular in the Free State region. Golden gate National park which is a mere 17 kilometers from Clarens, are scattered with geological formations that host several different fossil types of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

The Lesotho Highlands Water Project creates some of the best white water rafting in South Africa. The Ash River which starts in the Maluti Mountains provides the best whitewater river rafting opportunities and is graded 3 and 4 all year round ! Outrageous adventures has a day trip package to the Ash River which they claim is the best 1day trip in S.A !

For the adventure seekers that would like to do winter sports, Afriski offers skiing and snowboarding. The ski resort is located in Lesotho's most northern parts of the Maluti mountains at 3222m above sea level, and has attracted many tourists so far from opening in 2005. The Caledonspoort border post at Fouriesburg is only 30 minutes drive from Clarens from where you will take the Moteng pass to reach Afriski which is located in the Mahlasela valley. The scenic drive through the mountains from the border will take another hour and a half, but no worries as this 80 kilometer stretch of road is in excellent condition. If you are not into adventure sports, the drive through the Lesotho Mountains will make up, as there are breathtaking views to be enjoyed.

Clarens is made up of the vibrant colours from its artists’ palettes, the stories told by the locals, the sheer beauty of the place and the magnificence of the setting it finds itself in. The natural wonders of the area have drawn many artists to settle in Clarens, who have transformed the town into the artistic centre of the Free State. Clarens hosts more art exhibitions every month than the whole of Johannesburg. You will find that this little town is full of many art galleries and craft shops and when you have done your shopping there is a number of restaurants and pubs available to explore. The art galleries offer a great variety of works and Clarens has seen a sharp increase in visitors due to the introduction of the annual Visuals Art Festival.

If you have been in Clarens before, you may have noticed that there are no franchised restaurants or traffic lights in town and this gives Clarens its own "little town character". With a population of 3 500, Clarens is almost crime-free and has the added benefit that it is not just a seasonal holiday resort, as there is plenty to do all year round for the whole family With its safe environment and community spirit, it’s not only retirees who are choosing to live in the village anymore. In the past few years the younger crowd has also started claiming their piece of tranquility in the country lifestyle.

With the growth rate of the village and the interest being generated in it by the public sector, focus on development has paved the way for poverty-relief projects in and around Clarens. Speckled Bean is a monthly publication which was created as a vital communications tool for the village and is was initiated by of Garth Brook and Karen Fraser. The magazine which features uplifting articles about locals in the community doing positive things costs only R5, and out of every sale made money will be donated to the local Aids Orphans Project.

Clarens has apparently become the third most popular destination for South African visitors after the Western Cape and the Kruger Park. Clarens was recently awarded ‘Proudly South African’ (PSA) status, the first town ever to receive this honour proving that it more than meets PSA’s requirements which are: to place emphasis on home-grown products and local people; provide quality services and destinations; create jobs and provide focus on the environment.

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Trout dam on gof course

Trout dam on golf course


Whitewater river rafting on the Ash river

Whitewater river rafting on the Ash river


Afriski skiing
Skiing in Afriski

.Old church in Clarens

Old church in Clarens


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