Clarens, Thabo Mofutsanyana
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Between the high sandstone Rooiberge and the Maluti Mountains, the picturesque little town of Clarens is aptly described as "The Jewel of the Free State". Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in very close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
All year round, but especially in autumn when the leaves turn to gold, the scenery in Clarens is a magnet for artists and photographers. Several local artists have opened their studios to the public. Art galleries, a lovely church and a museum are well worth a visit. More than 50 000 beer bottles were used to build the tiny "Cinderella Castle" in Naupoort Street. Bushman (San) paintings are found on farms in the vicinity. Nearby, the panoramic Highland Route meanders along the foothills of the Maluti Mountains.
The relaxed village atmosphere and the spectacular views and mild climate makes Clarens an idyllic weekend getaway. Popular with locals, Clarens is only 3 - 3½ hours drive from Johannesburg or Durban (both of which are located approximately 300km from Clarens).
Clarens boasts excellent restaurants which are situated around the village square. Other activities include fly fishing (some of the best fly fishing opportunities in South Africa can be found in the Clarens district), hiking and for the more adventurous, abseiling and white water rafting.
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A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village which nestles at the foot of huge sandstone mountains, will give you a deeper insight into the lifestyle of the South Sotho from the 16th century to the picturesque present. On arrival, a friendly receptionist will show you an introductory video which illustrates ... more information
The par 71 golf course, designed and constructed by Golf Data, is bound to excite every level of golfer. All 18 holes meander along and across the tranquil river and its splendid series of dams and cascading waterfalls. The manicured Kikuyu fairways and Bent Grass Greens are framed by ... more information
Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp ... more information
Rugged, steep krantzes silhouetted against the skyline, mountain slopes snugly covered with a grass blanket, deep lushly vegetated kloofs and a crystal-clear lake are facets of the beauty of the Sterkfontein Dam Reserve which covers 18000 Ha. Oribi, Mountain Reedbuck and Grey Rhebuck inhabit the Sterkfontein ... more information
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