Clarens, the arty, picturesque little village in the Eastern Free State, South Africa.


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Clarens - the jewel of the Eastern Free State

Clarens is definitely one of the most picturesque, arty little towns in South Africa. Surrounded by the Rooiberge and situated at the foot of Mount Horeb, Clarens is famous for its multi-coloured sandstone formations, a unique geological feature of the area. Enter the village and you will see the many beautifull homes, old and new, built with this sandstone. To the south-east of Clarens you’ll find the mighty Maluti Mountains.

The town of Clarens is also known as the “Jewel of the Free State” . This tree-filled town offers a wonderfull display of colourful blossoms in spring time and in autumn the magnificent autum shades of the Lombardy poplars is a big attraction for artists, photographers and nature lovers from all over.

Only 3 hours from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and 4 hours from Durban, Clarens is the perfect weekend-away destination for city dwellers wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here in Clarens you can spend relaxing hours exploring all the little town has to offer, many art galleries, gift shops, arts & craft shops, antiques, mosaic art etc. Clarens is a haven for many well known, established, as well as new artists and you’ll find various art galleries all over town, most of them around the square.

The name Clarens was derived from an attractive village in Switzerland, situated on the Northern shores of Lake Geneva - near Montreaux, where President Paul Kruger spent his last days as a voluntary exile.

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park with its sandstone formations and cliffs is also not too far away.


Clarens is also fast becoming known as the “Adventure Capital” of the Free State, offering a wide range of outdoor and sporting activities, ranging from mild to wild!

The white water rafting just outside Clarens is the best in South Africa. Exciting grade 3 and 4 rapids, awesome scenery, crystal clear water. A definite ‘must-do’!

Exciting fun-filled quad bike outings is also the order of the day. What better way to see the splendour of the country-side around Clarens.

And abseiling is also a great way to get into nature. Face your fears! In the heart of Clarens.


For those not too keen to get the adrenaline pumping, there are various places of interest for tourist to visit. Have a look at our information page for more info.


Clarens is definitely well worth a visit, the place to be!

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