Saturday, 22 December 2012


I cannot believe that I have lived in South Africa for over 32 years of my adult life and have never been to this little jewel of the Eastern Free State called Clarens. 
We have over the years gone "whizzing" past the turn off to this village en route to Cape Town, but on this trip we didn't and what a little jewel it is!

The village of Clarens (established in 1912) is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Clarens is an Artists haven with many art galleries scattered around the village square. There is an abundance of quaint shops,boutiques and eating places. There is even a horse and carriage that trots around the village, just to add to your sense of stepping back in time.

The tranquil village ambience combined with scenic views and a mild climate makes for the ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers from Johannesburg and Durban and is a comfortable 3 to 4 hours drive away.We only spent a couple of hours there and had some lunch,but a return visit for a weekend, is definitely on the cards.

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