If you’re tired of doing the same things on the weekends, and you’re looking for a getaway to get out of your routine, you may want to make a trip to Clarens in the Eastern Free State. A small town, about three to four hours outside of major cities of Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, depending on which side you’re travelling from.
Here are 4 travelling tips if you’re Clarens bound
A crucial travelling tip is knowing where you’re staying. Depending on how long you wish to stay you can rent out a number of places, since this is a small village out in the farms there are a lot of self-catering bed and breakfasts, cottages, holiday farms or you may stay at a hotel or resort. The Clarens Protea hotel is the number one hotel in the town and has the Market Square on your doorstep with its selection of galleries, restaurants and shops.
And speaking about shopping, the town of Clarens contains many arts and crafts and antique store to peruse at your own leisure. After all it’s known as an artist’s town and where else are you going to find so much creativity in one accessible space. As most of the shops are found within walking distance of each other, and that’s the best way to experience and buy what’s on offer.
While you browse the shops also remember this travelling tip to stop for a bite to eat at the many pavement cafes, delis and restaurants on offer in Clarens. You’ll find your typical South African delights such as koeksisters and pap and wors and there’s a variety of eateries to choose from. The most notable being Artist Café as it represents what the town is about, art and food enjoyed on a pavement café, dine alfresco if you choose close to nature.
If chasing the thrill of adventure is for you, then don’t let this picturesque town fool you as it’s the adventure capital. You can go horseback riding out in the mountains, quad and mountain bike too, hiking, white water rafting or even trout fishing in the rivers of this beautiful town.