Clarens town in the Free State province of South Africa is a fast growing tourism hub and paradise for local and international tourists. Clarens and the surrounding environment offers adventure, extraordinary mountain scenery and a thriving social life. Below are some of the attractions one can look forward to when you visit.
Clarens Conservancy Trails – This tourist attraction has got seven trails.These trails include the Kloof and Dam Walk, Kloof Mountain Trail, Leucosidea Trail, Mallen Walk, Sandstone Koppie Maluti View, Scilla Walk and Spruit Walk.
Dinosaur Tours – Dinosaur Tours are great for anyone with keen interest into the fascinating world of life before us. On the tour you will see many examples of fossils from the area and get a very informative talk on the geological history.You will then be shown an ancient river where the trackways of multiple species of dinosaurs and mammal like reptiles can be seen.
Art and Wine Gallery on Main -This gallery which covers up to 439 square meters has beautiful mountain views and was designed to house an exquisite collection of art by well known artists.This establishment which is the first and only art and wine gallery offers art and wine lovers the best opportunity to experience the widest range of top quality wine and unique artwork.
Basotho Cultural Village – A visit to this attraction which sits at the foot of sandstone mountains provides deep insight into the lifestyle of the South Sotho from the 16th century todate.This village hosts art exhibitions as well as live stage performances at the sandstone amphitheater.You can also buy traditional clay pots, basket-ware and other handmade items.
Bethlehem Museum – This museum is one of cultural significance and its housed in the old Nazareth Mission Church on Muller Street.The museum has a strong focus of the towns history and culture, so you will notice a fair number of farming implements and period furniture that depicts the lifestyle of former residents of the town.You will also find a number of historical items at the museum one of which one is an old steam train which is housed on the grounds.
Clarens Brewery – For those local brew adventure seekers, this is the place to be. This brewery is the first and only microbrewery in the Free State since December 2006. Free tastings are offered and you choose your favourite, you can relax with a draught and enjoy one of the best views around the Maluti Mountains.
Highland Coffee Roastery – Highlands Coffee Roastery was formerly known as Baruchs Clarens. Established in 2009, this place has the freshest coffee in the region which is 100% arabica beans roasted on the premises. Located in a calm and peaceful environment with an unobstructed view of Mt Horeb, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of delicious highland coffee blends made to perfection.
River Rafting in Clarens – Clarens offers exciting grade 3 and 4 white water rafting all year round.The crystal clear water that flows down the Ash river all the way to the Vaal dam is the venue for this sport. Grade 3 rapids are named as “Car-wash,”Alles-verloren” and “Alles-gevonden”.The only grade 4 rapid is named as “Fish-pond rapid”.
The above are just some of the attractions from the many that any visitor to Clarens can look forward to.