The village of Clarens is in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, close to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
Clarens is a retreat for many well known artists either living in or visiting the village on a regular basis with many art galleries dotted around the village square.
The tranquil village atmosphere, combined with scenic views and a mild climate, is the ideal weekend getaway spot for city dwellers.
Clarens is gifted with more trees than most other Free State towns. The town is known for the many art and craft shops that offer you a wide range of curios and original artwork. Another characteristic which adds to the quaint feeling of the village is the many sandstone buildings.
In Clarens they offer horse riding trails to suit every rider’s taste. For game viewing on horseback, you should try Bokpoort Horseback Adventures. All their horses are bred and trained on the farm and a Western style of riding is used.
If you are a bit more adventurous you will enjoy Clarens’ beautiful Ash River, which is perfect for white-water rafting (all year round). They use eight-man rafts to tackle this Grade 4 rafting experience.
There is also abseiling in the surrounding mountains which is an exciting pastime; there are several tour groups that offer adventure package tours.
Some of the oldest recorded dinosaur egg fossils have been discovered in the areas surrounding Clarens. Dr Gideon Groenewald offers excursions or fossil hunting expeditions. This is a three-hour educational tour and is suitable for all ages; it is especially fun for families.