For a small town, Clarens punches far above its weight in terms of things to do, places to see, and people to visit. With the immense amount of attractions in Clarens, it can be difficult for visitors to the quaint town to decide on what to pass by.
We know that the struggle can be real. We, therefore, have compiled this list of the overall 10 best things to do in Clarens when you have a limited amount of time available, in an attempt to lessen any indecision or frustration and avoid any dreaded FOMO.
So, without any further ado and in no particular order:
Many would say that the Clarens Brewery serves happiness on tap, which it definitely does, but there is so much more to the brewery than just that. Whether you’re a beer lover or not, Clarens Brewery is a worthy contender for a pit-stop to get a taste for the Maluti brew or to recharge with a scrumptious bite from the German menu makes for a worthy stop on its own.
The well-known red and green corrugated iron building is basically synonymous with the town itself. The menu is kept relatively simple and but by no means does the food lack in quality. The rustic setting ensures a relaxed atmosphere and delightful overall experience. The small pub will make you feel at home, and the Clarens Brewery selection is an added bonus.
A reader’s haven is the small red, and also corrugated, shop that is Bibliophile. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character. The bookshop well equipped with all types and genres of books and no reader will be left un unfulfilled upon exiting the charming shop. Even f you haven’t picked up a book in years, Bibliophile will make you want to change that fact ASAP.
Everyone can use a little adventure once in a while. If you have a day to spare, a quick trip to the Clarens Extreme Adventures in town should be on the cards. The holding offers a range of activities that range from paintball, quad bikes, ziplining, and even white river rafting, making it the place to visit when you’re looking for a rush.
Basotho Cultural Village
The Cultural Village takes you for a walk down the pathway of time. It is here where the lifestyle and architecture of the South Sotho are accurately depicted from the sixteenth century to the dramatically colourful present.
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, even that of the small town of Clarens, the Village gives visitors a holistic understanding of the rich history of this area. Guests are immersed in the culture of day-to-day village life as actors, dressed in traditional garb, carry out the daily activities associated with the local inhabitants of just such a village of yesteryear.
Highland Coffee Roastery
Many of us enjoy our daily cup, or several, of coffee without giving its origin or where it comes from a second thought. Did you know that a coffee bean is actually a seed that comes from a specific type of berry, technically making it a fruit? Well, you do now. Who knows what else you might pick up when you stop by for the best brew that Clarens has to offer?
Art Gallery Hopping
There is no shortage of well-established art galleries in Clarens. Ranging from contemporary to obscure, the town that is known as an artist’s haven does its alias more than justice. Situated in a relatively short distance from one another, it makes for an easy and relaxing walk to visit most of the galleries.
Clarens is home to one of the few dinosaur tours that South Africa has to offer and is the perfect outing for anyone who would like to learn more about the majestic creatures that once roamed not only the earth but South Africa. The tour provides a thorough palaeontological history as well as geological insights, not forgetting examples of fossils to be seen as well.
Motouleng Sacred Caves
The Motouleng Caves, buried in the heart of the Free State, are a spiritual sanctuary where African Spiritual leaders come to worship, consult, and practice healing. People of all religions are welcome at this sacred site. You’ll find practitioners of traditional African religions praying and performing rituals alongside Christian ministers. People dance, sing, and make offerings to appease the ancient ancestors. As the caves are considered to be sacred, be sure to dress appropriately when you visit.
Golden Gate National Park
At the foot of Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park will literally leave you high with inspiration with endless horizons, overlooking the vast beauty that is South Africa.
Loved for its unusual scenery and renowned for its golden aura as the sun lights up the sandstone cliffs and outcrops, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is the ideal escape if you long to stretch your legs, breathe the fresh mountain air and let nature lift up your soul.