Clarens: A Nature Lover’s Treasure Trove

As the rays of the morning sun begin to creep over the edges of the breathtaking mountains, and the hot air balloon slowly rises off the ground, one realizes that you are undertaking one of the many exciting adventures that the town of Clarens has to offer. While gliding over the picturesque Clarens Valley, which lies nestled in the Eastern Free State, the beauty and natural richness of the region is unmistakable.

Named after the Swiss village of Clarens in honor of the former President Paul Kruger, the mountain ranges, spectacular wildlife and unlimited magnificence of the town, allow visitors to believe that they have been transported to a magical destination. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to Clarens to explore its parks, such as the Golden Gate National Park, and take in the fresh air on hiking trails and guided walks. Fishing is another peaceful activity many choose to enjoy, as the town is famous for its favorable fly and trout fishing waters.

The more adventurous visitors are invited to enjoy activities including 4×4 trails, horse riding, abseiling, river rafting, quad biking and archery lessons. Noteworthy sites and attractions in Clarens can be found around every corner and the most popular sites are the Ash River Outfall, Surrender Hill, Bushman Paintings, Titanic Rock, Mushroom Rock, the Dinosaur Trials, Fertility Caves and the Clarens Museum. For a cultural experience, visitors are recommended to discover the Basotho Cultural Village that offers tours, performances and souvenir shops.

Hundreds of artists and photographers have been able to find inspiration and enriching moments in Clarens, that they have captured in words, on canvas and with a camera, as the land that was once occupied by King Chaka, warriors, soldiers and Voortrekkers reveals its unimaginable beauty and memorable history. Clarens is a destination in South Africa that warmly welcomes visitors and leaves a lasting impression on their hearts.

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