The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Clarens



Photo © Johan van Zyl

Free State

The small town of Clarens is surrounded by mountains, the most notable being the Maloti Mountain. The open spaces, trees and mountain scenery make it a great place to spend some time away from the city. Autumn is a great time to visit this quaint town as the leaves on the trees turn orange and red making a beautiful sight. Spring is another popular time to visit as you avoid the coldness of winter. Make sure you book way in advance to secure your ideal accommodation. If you are planning on visiting Clarens over a long weekend then you definitely need to book early and be prepared for a noisier weekend than normal. On long weekends the normally quiet takes on a totally different vibe with fancy motorbikes cruising the short streets and bars and restaurants filled with visitors.

Clarens is well-known for its art galleries and shops. The town is set up to attract tourists and boasts many interesting shops and restaurants. The town also hosts art and food festivals at different times of the year. Most of the shops and restaurants look onto the large open square in the middle of the town.

There are many outdoor activities that can be undertaken in, or nearby Clarens, including horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, quad biking and abseiling.

Clarens weather


The beautiful Golden Gate Highland National Park is nearby.

Of special interest to both young and old will be the fossils that have been found in the area. Make sure you take the Clarens Dinosaur Tour which involves a talk, a display of fossils and a field trip.

Clarens shops and restaurants

Above - Clarens has some interesting shops and great restaurants

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Picturesque view of Clarens

Above - Clarens is a picturesque town

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Above - Dutch Reformed Church, Clarens

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Residential area in Clarens

Above - A residential area

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References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 41

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 12

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 143

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 107

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 300

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 246

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 348

go! - Issue 171 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 46

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 204

Mooiloop! The Book - Author: SABC 2 - Published: 2016 - Page: 70

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 682 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 32

Getaway - Vol 27 No 09 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 78

go! - Issue 155 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 101


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