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Kiara Lodge

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Kiara Lodge is an upmarket accommodation tucked between the magnificent Maluti Mountains and the Golden Gate Reserve in Clarens – a resort town in Free State province, South Africa.

The position of the lodge makes it easier for guests to have full access of the surrounding beautiful sceneries. The lodge is a good place for travellers and tourists who wish to spend their time away from the busy life in noisy towns.

Kiara Lodge is located in a quiet place which is a 14-minute drive from Clarens. Guests can enjoy a number of activities at this stunning place such as an outdoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre and a children’s playground.

The spacious lodge features a total of 13 apartments making it possible for a group of families to travel together without fear of accommodation problems. Topping to the list of items that every traveller who is away from the comfort of their homes would love to see is a fully prepared kitchens, lounges with selected DStv, and daily housekeeping, apart from Sundays and Public Holidays. Adding to this list is a swimming pool, a restaurant, children’s play areas, and parking on the premises.

Some of the interesting cultural activities around Kiara Lodge is the Basotho Cultural Village, the Clarens Village Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Park. It’s like killing two birds with one stone, guests who visit this place can engage in a number of activities where there can see the value of their money.

Worth mentioning is that the apartments have a balcony with BBQ facilities. Every bedroom in each of these apartments has an en suite bathroom and the main bathroom includes a bathtub. The kitchen features an oven, microwave and stovetop.


  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Tel: (0861 269 846)


Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets

Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets is a state of the art hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park 18 km outside of Clarens. The hotel is open the whole day and offers a restaurant, chalet, suites and rooms.

The hotel has a private bathroom, a shower and a spa bath. Visitors are free to have a view of animals at the nearby national park. After a daylong of activities, guests can relax to watch TV from satellite channels of their choice.

Inside the hotel are chalets, an equipped kitchen with chargrill conveniences. The hotel also has a snack bar where visitors can order drinks of their choice. The spacious hotel also has darts, a laundry room and a business centre. Guests who love tennis can play the sport game at an additional cost. There is free parking and WiFi in all the public areas.

Golden Gate Hotel also has an elegant and contemporary decorating theme dubbed ‘African seasons’ which can be seen throughout the hotel. The decorations compliment the usual surroundings of the park.

With 54 luxurious rooms, the Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets has twin singles, queens and kings or bathtubs for the rest. The visitors are able to stare through their windows to see the amazing surrounding of the mountains. The hotel has a cocktail and coffee bar lounge on the the top floor, while lower floor has a bar with a buoyant décor. The hotel also has a restaurant which accommodates 250 guests who are able view the surrounding view.

The hotel is also 290km away from Pietermaritzburg Airport.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

Address: Golden Gate National Park, Clarens, 9707

Phone: 058 255 1000

Fairview Cottages Clarens

Good accommodation is the foremost thing any traveller would list down if they wish to travel. No one would ever dream of booking into a hotel, cottage or motel with the worst services.

When booking for accommodation, people consider aspects such as security, surroundings, internet and maybe proximity to the nearest central business district. Fairview Cottages is one such resort booking you should consider if you decide to travel in the Free State province of South Africa.

Located in Clarens, a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, Fairview Cottages have an upmarket barbecue facilities, a fancy garden and free WiFi. The fancy place is 20.9 km from Golden Gate Highlands National Park and 19.3 km from Langtoon Dam. It’s more like a home, the cottages have a kitchen, state of the art flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and a private bathroom.

There is much to admire from their guest rooms taking into account that they have featured small but necessary items such as an electric tea pot in the kitchen and a microwave.

There is an outdoor experience with a terrace and a path that allows guests to cycle.

As a resort area whose primary purpose is to cater for different people across the world, management at Fairview Cottages deemed it necessary to employ staff that can accommodate guests who speak English, Afrikaans and German. The front desk is manned for 24 hours and the staff are well-trained to help guests at any time of the day.

Worth-mentioning is that the cottages are 183 metres away from the Clarens Tourist Info making it easier for guests who require information about the tourist places in Claren.

Most importantly the village of Clarens is known as the Jewel of the Free State because of its its natural beauty.

Guest House

309 Van Zyl Street

Clarens, Free State

Call 082 458 0257

287 on main


Clarens is one of the most beautiful places resort towns in Free State, South Africa any tourist of someone going on holiday near that town should consider.

Best known for it’s up to state accommodation, Clarens has gained value through its properties, nature and buildings hence the term the Jewel of the Free State. The superb surroundings makes the small town one of the top places in the province hence a variety of accommodation.

Among the many accommodation in Claren is 287 on main – a luxurious home accommodation with delightful country fare and a fascinating deli and gallery. The house, which was turned into a guest house, is rated among the most welcoming hosts in the village.

Founded in December 2007, the eatery place has gained fame by becoming one of the places where best breakfast is saved in the town. The restaurant provides a variety of breakfast ranging from cereal with yoghurt and honey.

There is also a variety of foods provided namely the rich and fresh farm produce and mouth-watering sweet and savoury pancakes. The place is also a platform for a variety of international favourites such as toasted cheese & tomato. Adding to the list of these nice foods are delightful treats served on ciabattas or toasted paninis.

Known for saving some of the best foods despite the weather, the restaurant offers some of the best foods in winter such as in cold days. Under such temperatures, the guests are saved with a bowl of Sue’s home-made soup. The eatery also offers candy foods such as chocolate brownies, scones and cream or freshly baked muffins.

There is also dinner saved with vegetable spring rolls, duck liver pate with toasted ciabatta or the baked Camembert with Melba toast. Adding to that are lamb shank, melt-in-the mouth lamb curry, oxtail and of course phenomenal Slow roasted duck in an orange brandy sauce.

+27 82 556 5208

278 Main Street, Clarens, Eastern Free State

South Africa

Castello Catharina

Castello Catharina is a beautiful estate situated on a hilltop with clear views of Clarens and the surrounding countryside. The state of the art estate is surrounded with breath-taking views of the mountains and a variety of birds that give a beautiful view and tranquillity.

The area is convenient for people who live around the CBD as it is located a walking distance away from town. Another advantage is that the estate is close to restaurants, curio shops and lots of tourist attractions. Inside the estate is a large en-suite accommodation with comfy extras such as big beds, tea, coffee facilities, plasma screen televisions with satellite. Tenants don’t need to worry about the weather as the estate is equipped with air conditioning, an open fire place and private balcony.

There is also an undercover parking available. Some other beautiful edibles including a free WiFi, and a short distance of 22 km to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Castello Catharina is also located 20 km from Langtoon Dam and 600 m from Clarens Methodist Church.

The estate boats of a big rooms that come with a wardrobe. Certain rooms also offer a kitchen with a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave. Visitors at Castello Catharina can enjoy a full English/Irish breakfast. The place has a beautiful terrace where guests can cycle and do a number of activities.

The reception offers the following languages Afrikaans, English and Zulu at the 24-hour front desk.

Castello Catharina has been welcoming guests since 14 Nov 2017.

058 256 1543

29 Hill Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa

Baris Guesthouse

Baris Guesthouse is lodge located 10 km from Clarens and 27 km from Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The lodge is located on a spectacular farm just outside Clarens town.

The guesthouse features a grill and spectacular views of the outside surroundings especially the garden. The cottage has a free private parking on the site available for the clients.

The rooms have entertainment, making it easier for clients to enjoy away from the comforts of their homes. Some of the facilities available include a flat-screen TV and a seating area where you can relax. There are free toiletries available as well as a hair dryer.

Families and couples that ravel with large quantities of language must not worry since the cottage has a big storage space where tenants can store their stuff.

The lodge gives room for guests to enjoy numerous activities available within the cottage such as cycling, fishing and hiking. Baris Guesthouse contains one of the best-rated locations in Clarens and tenants are happy about it compared to other properties in the area.

Baris Guesthouse is regarded among the best rated properties in town. Guests can enjoy the value for their monez taking into account the nature of the services provided at the guest house.

Chief among the spectacular things contained inside the guest house include four luxury suites, overseeing attractive greens, featuring king-size or twin beds, full bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, lounges with DStv, four-seater dining tables, and private gardens with braai facilities. The guest house also offers guests cleaning services and parking on the premises.

Guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the farm, or venture out to see attractions in Clarens such as the Basotho Cultural Village, the Clarens Golf Estate and the Art and Wine Gallery on Main.

Some of the facilities include a Braai/Barbecue, indoor fireplace, satellite TV, hiking, credit card facilities and parking on premises.

Address: R712, Clarens

Phone: 083 637 2786

Wild rides with quad biking

People from the big cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town escape the city life for a stay in the small picturesque town Clarens in the Free State. And why wouldn’t they since it’s only a few hours’ away from their main cities. Clarens is only three hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and four hours from Durban.

Clarens is part of the scenic Highlands Route and is surrounded by mountainous splendor. The Rooiberge is the range encompassing the village, whilst further on towards the southeast, the mighty Maluti Mountains stands proud forming a backdrop which changes with the seasons, from shades of purple and blue in summer to the snow-clad slopes of winter.

It’s a place for shoppers, foodies, art and nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. And understandably so with a sport like quad biking, if you’re in the mood for easy going, non-strenuous physical activity.

Partake in the town’s sport of quad biking on the town’s main attractions its mountains. It’s a great way to see the scenic countryside of Clarens by following trails behind the majestic Maluti Mountains or quad bike riding with routes that follow the foothills of the Rooiberge.

Quad Biking trips range in length from one-and-a-half to two hours depending on the participants’ skills level. Choose between a technical ride, a game-viewing outride or just a leisurely sundowner trip. Some quad bike riding tours are for the nature lover while some can cater for those who’d like speed and do obstacles at a flying pace.

Wild Rides Quad Biking cater for novice to experienced quad bikers offering quad biking experiences in the Maluti mountains, only 10 km from Clarens.

Here’s a YouTube video of what quad biking in Clarens is like enjoy.

White Water River Rafting on the Ash River

To really enhance your experience of the beautiful blessings that Mother Nature has bestowed on the province of the Eastern Free State. Why not visit Clarens, a small town that sits in a valley, and that’s an easy drive from cities in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State and North West Province.

And while you’re spending time on your much needed getaway why not get to experience why Clarens is known as the adventure capital. When you get to enjoy an outdoorsy feel in the town’s scenic landscape this invites you to be one with nature out in the features that the town is known for such as its mountains, clear streams, crisp air and trees.

And speaking of streams why not partake in what the town’s water is acclaimed for, White water river rafting in the crystal clear waters of the Ash River. A water sport to try if you’re a fish taking to water type, the Ash River is best noted as having ‘exciting grade 3 and 4 white water rafting all year that’s not rain dependent’. Paddle by the river by day and camp on the river banks by night.

If river rafting has been on your bucket list then fit on your lifejackets and helmets for a ride of your life. Should you want to partake in this activity here’s what to expect. The day starts with a short drive out to the river, for a safety-brief on the do’s and don’ts for the days rafting action.

Then get on the water onto the rafts for adventure and be ready for any action the river can throw at you. With some waves, with a sting in the tail, some flat water and some of the biggest water-fights in history.

Along the way you’ll also reach rapids known as the “Breathiliser”. Then more action all the way with grade 2 and 3 rapids like “Car-wash”, “Alles-verloren-alles-gevonden”, And once you get to the bridge an awesome grade 4 rapid with the name “Fish-pond”, as well as a paddle to the waterfall, with a few small rapids in-between.

With all the excitement you’ll take an interval breather with some refreshments on the rocks and you’ll also be fed with a famous and delicious river-lunch on the banks of the river.

Seeing is believing check out this YouTube video

Sethuthuthu Tours

If you’re looking for a formidable knowledge of the history of Clarens and surroundings Sethuthuthu Tours makes for an interesting tour.

The quaint town of Clarens is a great stop-off if you happen to be traveling from Gauteng or Kwa-Zulu Natal to the Cape and vice-versa.

Situated roughly three-hour’s drive from Johannesburg, in the embrace of the beautiful Maluti Mountain range, the charming town is known as the “Jewel” of the Free State and there’s so much more to it than its picturesque setting.

If you seek adventure on your vacation, Sethuthuthu Tours can arrange a wide variety of outdoor getaways to suit all. From their game viewing safaris of the ungainly grazers, the early Khoekoen called the Black Wildebeest “gnu” because of its cry (genu) which it bellows when alarmed.

On safari get to view these grazers that were once faced with extinction but are now off that danger list. They differ from the Blue Wildebeest by their long white tails and white manes.

Also visit Sethuthuthu Tours Wilderness area for a once in a lifetime adventure with tours to the Golden Gate (Qua Qua) National Park presented in a 4×4 game viewing vehicle by qualified guides. It’s breathtaking scenery and game and dinosaur fossils and footprints and Bushman paintings too.

Visitors are not only introduced to geology, anthropology, history and fauna and flora of the Eastern Free State.  But these tours offer edutainment as it’s education combined with fun and excitement too. Like try their ATV (Quad) tours offered in the Rooiberge Conservancy area, bordering Clarens.

Ride into the mountains, with quads that are easy to use and a guide that’s very knowledgeable about the history of the area. Although their quad rides are definitely not designed for those who like speed as you’ll notice in this YouTube video

But they’re great for the nature lover and families are welcome to try out the quad biking trip. Some of the sections are challenging but even a novice is able to negotiate them. There are many different tours to choose from, ranging from 90 minutes to a full day.  Meals and drinks are included in a full day trip.

River Rafting in Clarens

Clarens, it may be a small picturesque town but it definitely packs a punch for its diminutive statue proving that dynamite comes in small packages. The town boasts some of the best extreme sports around like river rafting.

One of the many activities that the town specialises in and in what the town’s water is acclaimed for white water river rafting in the Ash River.

The Ash River is fed by the Trans Caledon Transfer Tunnel, which pumps water from the Katse Dam high up in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. The crystal clear water flows down the Ash River all the way to the Vaal Dam.

The Ash River in Clarens is a firm favourite among tourists because the water is always high. And tourists partake in the water sport of River Rafting in Clarens, which is best noted as having ‘exciting grade 3 and 4 white water rafting. And is a firm reminder as to why Clarens is considered the adventure capital of the Eastern Free State.

Participants get to experience the tranquility of nature and the excitement and thrill of white-water rapids. Every day all year round, because the water in the Ash River is not rain dependent.

Just practice with me now, sway from left to right. Then paddle by the river by day and camp on the river banks by night. But while river rafting do look out for action all the way with grade 2 and 3 rapids like “Car-wash”, “Alles-verloren-alles-gevonden”, don’t say you weren’t warned.