In order to avoid disappointment, please remember that these activities are popular and it is advisable to book prior to your arrival.

The village has become known as the "Jewel of the Free State" - rich in beauty, with an aura of peace and tranquility.

The village of Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, close to the Golden Gate National Park and the majestic mountains of Lesotho. The village is surrounded by sandstone cliffs with their multi-coloured layers – these horizontal strata are a unique geological feature of the area and is known as the Clarens formation. Many homes in the Clarens Valley are built from Clarens Sandstone.

Clarens is an artist’s haven with many well known artists, either living in or frequenting the village on a regular basis. A multiple of art galleries are scattered around the village square. The tranquil village ambience, combined with scenic views and a mild climate makes for the ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban. These cities are all approximately 300 km from Clarens or a comfortable 3 to 4 hours drive away.

Clarens is endowed with more trees than most other Free State towns - the fresh, light green willows and colourful blossoms of the many fruit trees are an unforgettable sight in spring time; whilst the magnificent autumn shades of the lombard poplars attract artists, photographers and nature lovers.

The town is known for the many Art and Craft shops which offer the visitor a wide range of curios and original artwork. Another feature which adds to the picturesque atmosphere of the village is the many sandstone buildings. The popular Golden Gate National Park is located in the near vicinity of Clarens, and the area attracts many visitors.
- Courtesy of Clarens Tourism

In and around Clarens, the following activities are on offer


  • Game Viewing – Clarens
  • Shopping
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Bird watching
  • Abseiling
  • River rafting
  • Rock & Mountain climbing
  • 4 x 4 Trails
  • Archery
  • Riverboat Cruises
  • Lion Viewing Tours
  • Bugster Car rides

Points of Interest

  • Basotho Cultural Village
  • Archaeological Sites
  • Casino
  • Historical Sites - Bushmen paintings
  • Museums
  • Monuments

Natural Attractions

  • Lakes
  • Mountains
  • National Parks