Maluti Tours

As often people don’t know what’s possible and available to them tours assist the traveling public in that regard. When they do decide to travel and see other parts of the world like a visit to Lesotho.

For a day trip to Lesotho get to see even more of the stunningly beautiful country through Maluti Day tours. Maluti Tours aims to bring people into Lesotho and assist them in having a genuine Lesotho experience of the beautiful rugged area.

By offering scenic tours to nearby attractions of the more breathtaking spots to visit, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery. With views of the Lesotho Lowlands and Highlands and of the Golden Gate National Park, which you’ll find is indeed golden when the mountains and vegetation glitter as the sunshine hits them. This will also include a visit to Basotho Cultural Village

Learn a little bit more about the history of Lesotho and its people, King Moshoeshoe, and the San. Or visit breathtaking Katse Dam for fly fishing, stunning mountainous views and many photographic opportunities en-route and also at the Dam itself.

And visit the Afriski Mountain Resort to enjoy the snow with the family on the ski slopes. Or for that nature or romantic getaway do a pony trekking at Maliba Lodge.

Also visit Cherry farms for a local Cherry Tasting Tours you’ll be treated to tasting several superb Cherry Wines and Liqueurs. Whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery in this peaceful setting. And also a stay for lunch is an optional extra.

Maluti Tours also provides a convenient shuttle service from OR Tambo International Airport. Johannesburg or King Shaka Durban Airports directly to your hotel door in Clarens or Fouriesburg, rates on request depending on a number of passengers

Maluti Footprints and Tours

Clarens is a key point along the scenic Highlands route, which includes the Golden Gate Highlands National Park – linking the towns of Harrismith, Bethlehem and Fouriesburg, all along the Lesotho Highlands, the Maluti’s and the Drakensberg.

If you’re looking for experiences and memories that you’d never had thought about or recommendations about the kingdom of Lesotho there’s Maluti Footprints and Tours. It’s a specialist travel and tourism firm which focuses on cultural tours into Lesotho or even just a relaxing getaway around the area.

It’s based in Clarens, Eastern Free State, Maluti Footprints and Tours offers tours to Lesotho, Katse Dam and Afriski. A steep drive up is worth it, as you get to enjoy lovely views and informative drives about the area. You may purchase lunch at the Katse Lodge before heading back down the mountains.

Maluti Footprints and Tours endeavors to give visitors a genuine experience of Lesotho when you come on their tour. And when planning a trip to Lesotho, Maluti Tours comes strongly recommended by tourists and visitors who’ve used their services.

The beautiful rugged Lesotho, have a driver/guide impart you with so much knowledge about the area and the people (geology, archeology, history, biology). All things that you wouldn’t know about if you had driven yourselves.

Let the guide also take you to see the lifestyle of the locals, taste a couple variations of the local brew where you can sit in a dark room with a village made beer it’s a great experience you won’t forget. As well as meeting a local village doctor/healer.

Visit Liphofung cave as part of the day trip, and enjoy a picnic lunch in brilliant sunshine with others there as part of your tour for a great day. You can take a personalised tour which is a tour itinerary arranged according to your preferences and known knowledge of the country or you can even opt for the pre-planned ready to go tours. With Maluti Footprints and Tours, you’re assisted to book the best bed and breakfast establishments that Lesotho has to offer.

Dinosaur Tours

There’s a small village called Clarens in South Africa and although it was established in 1912. The town is still very much steeped in so much more history, such as learning about what roamed the universe in the town before humans.

If you take a guess they had large bodies, long necks and small heads, and long tails and hatched from eggs about three times bigger than a hen’s egg. Yikes! Yes. That’s right get an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of prehistoric giants – dinosaurs.

Geology and paleontology has never been this interesting. A visit to Clarens avails you with the perfect opportunity to go on fossil hunting trips in the vast natural habitat of the Free State.

Through Dinosaur tours in the town it will be a dinosaur hunting expedition in Clarens for proof of prehistoric life in the town billions of years ago. Visit the Dinosaur tours for history buffs or spend hours exploring who and what inhabited the town.

On the tour you’ll see many examples of fossils from the area. It will be an opportunity to see a great variety of teeth, claws and limb bones of the prehistoric giants, to the leaf impressions of ancient ferns.

The Dinosaur tour begins with a very comprehensive and informative talk on the geological history and Paleontology of the region. You’ll then be shown an ancient river/lake bed where the track ways of multiple species of dinosaurs and mammal-like reptiles can be seen.

It’s a trip to the ancient trackway where the fossilized footprints of dinosaurs are not only seen but followed as well. Making for a historic walk, pun intended. This will also allow for the learning about what the Earth was like during that period and how the different rock layers formed.

The fun of ‘dino hunting’ is all about being up in the sandstone cliffs of places like the Golden Gate Highlands National Park with a good guide who can point out the relevant signs for you. These Dinosaur Tours are great for anyone, young and old and just about anyone who’d like to know more about the fascinating world of life before us.

Cannibal Trail

Despite its name Cannibal, the hiking trail, just outside Clarens is an easy two-day hike that’s ideal for weekends and is easy enough for the whole family. And not some grueling hike for hiking enthusiasts as you’d think the name suggests.

Although it is named because of a period in time during the early 1800s when there were a series of wars in the area. Between indigenous tribes that saw a fair number of them seeking refuge in the caves in the mountains. And at the same time, there was a widespread drought, rumor has it that cannibalism was reinstated as a result.

But back to the hike that’s situated in the Rooiberge and Witteberg Mountains. It has a trail that’s a circular 16 km route and it’s considered to be one of the moderate to easy hikes for several reasons.

Day one is a relaxed 9 km that takes roughly 5 hours to complete with plenty to entertain you along the route. There are very few hills other than at the start of the hike, and the route takes one through grassy plains, dry river beds, forests, rock pools and past five or so overhangs.

Even the hike back is 7 km and easy to do, even if it starts with a climb up the mountain. As from up there, you are rewarded with incredible views. After following the plateau you head back down into the valley and along the Caledon River.

But the night time is the right time on this hike as after a day of wonderful scenery. You get to enjoy and experience an overnight in the cave. Where you’re given your own mattress and a groundsheet, tables, and benches to sit on and even cold water showers and flush toilets. It’s the closest you’ll get to luxury in a cave.

This overnight stay in the cave is relevant as you’re in one of the very caves known as Mike’s Cave, where indigenous tribes sought refuge from the war. And a bonus the hike ends with enough time to still explore Clarens.


Camelroc MTB Trails

A fun ride, stunning scenery, and a whole lot of challenges along the way make for an awesome Camelroc MTB experience.

It’s an MTB riding trail for MTB riders looking for a challenge.

There are two trails that are rated as an easy to technical level, one a figure of eight, the other a circular trail. Both trails are challenging but what makes these trails particularly attractive are the incredible views, that you literally climb to the top of a mountain for.

Therefore the trail comes highly recommended especially if you want awesome scenery. And want to take the road less traveled especially the part that takes you to the top of the mountain.

As the trail takes you past a pass that allows you to ride through trees, then alongside the Small Caledon River, up a mountain, followed by interesting plateau riding, and then the next minute you’re on a whole lot of long winding downhill’s.

This is included in the 30 km circular trail. A trail that’s aimed at highly conditioned riders as it’s considered a difficult to extreme route in its entirety with a tough climb to the mountaintop.

It’s the get-off and push variety. That despite it being 30 km will keep you going for a good three to five hours, depending on your fitness and strength levels. Although it does include two short-cuts that mean you can shorten the ride to a 10 km or 20 km trail.

If all of this sounds a bit daunting, you can opt for the other MTB riding trail. There’s a 10 km figure of eight lies in the lower regions of the farm. It’s not taxing and you’ll complete it in about an hour, ideal for beginners or those after a moderate ride.

The trails take place at Camelroc Guest Farm near Fouriesburg, Free State. Booking is essential and you pay an admission fee per rider if you’re not a guest on the farm.

Hiking in Clarens

Explore Clarens with Clarens Conservancy Trails

When making a visit to the small town of Clarens there are several trails in and around the area for you to enjoy.

That offer magnificent views some are short roughly half an hour while some take several hours. But all are developed and maintained by the Clarens Village Conservancy.

A registered Non-Profit Organisation which actively promotes projects to improve the environment around Clarens working in conjunction with the local municipality to manage the nature reserve area.

Clarens Village Conservancy consists of a group of people, homeowners and businesses who together look after the town’s natural resources land, water, energy and plants so that everyone may enjoy them.

In the town that’s today a tourist attraction and capital of everything from adventure to art. With its ‘claim’ of the most trees in the Free State, scenic backdrops of the Maluti Mountain and Rooiberge, quiet demeanor and ever flowing rivers. The beauty of nature is abundant in the town that’s a ‘jewel’ of the Eastern Free State.

On the conservancy trails get to enjoy all this abundance that the town is known for of lovely views and a walk that can turn out to be a game watch. Such as at the Kloof and Dam Walk where you can spot various wildlife in the area through their 1km walk that, roughly takes an hour to complete. You can also walk around the dam to see water birds.

On this trail get to walk your dogs or to stretch the legs just as with the Spruit Walk this route is essentially to stretch your legs or walk the dog and wanders along the Clarens Spruit past the Oldwood scrubforest and through a poplar and cedar plantation.

While a steep climb during the Kloof Mountain Trail, a 4.5 km walk that’s roughly takes three hours is worth it. As then you’re rewarded with great views out over the village, Mount Horeb and the Maluti.

The routes include:

  • Leucosidea Trail – 2 km, roughly 1.5 hours
  • Mallen Walk – 1-3 km, roughly 1 hour
  • Sandstone Koppie-Maluti View – 300 m, half an hour
  • Scilla Walk – 2.5 km, roughly an hour
Clarens Extreme

Clarens Xtreme Private – Thing To Do In Clarens

There’s so much more to Clarens than its picturesque setting.

Add some simmer to your road trip with its many activities to get up to. White water rafting, Quad bikes, Zipline, Abseiling, Paintball, Archery, Putt Putt, Rock climbing wall.

Stunning scenery, fascinating sandstone formations, game and even fossil remains make for an awesome hiking experience. Mountain bike trails for mountain bikers looking for a challenge there are circular trails that provide for difficult to extreme trails.

But if all of this sounds a bit daunting and you don’t know where to start, you can opt for Clarens Xtreme Private Tours who can plan your tour. It’s really great when things can be done with the least amount of delay or difficulty.

If you’ve not done any of the fun stuff to do in Clarens before and you’re wanting to know what there was to do in Clarens. Or even if you’re wondering how to go about doing all of these activities in Clarens you’ll look to Clarens Xtreme Private Tours.

An adventure based company working from Clarens which provides a guided platform for visitors to experience these activities in the town. Clarens Xtreme will provide for a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to these activities.

Through their services you can get guides that are very professional and experienced in the various activities. Especially when it comes to those adventures that will get your adrenaline pumping.

You can go on enduro trails in groups, whether for team building purposes or for a variety of day tours. Whether if you choose to go with their daily calendar or custom build an experience to your liking.

Clarens Xtreme Private Tours introduces you to the adventure and tourism capital of the Free State, by organising an outdoor excursion to remember. That’s great for both young and old Clarens Xtreme knows no boundaries.

Whether if it’s that you’d like to enjoy challenging paintball games, hanging off cliffs or a splash in the Ash River for white Water Rafting. Or maybe something quiet like their day tour into Lesotho or an introduction to the town’s local Culture.

Clarens Xtreme Private Tours doesn’t allow you to sit back and wonder what to do but to rather get ready for your next adventure. And assist you to create wonderful memories of your vacation.

Titanic Rock in Clarens South Africa

Titanic Rock – Overlooking the Entrance to Clarens

Things to see when visiting Clarens in South Africa

The small town of Clarens often referred to as ‘the jewel’ of the Free State is an enchanting tourist attraction full of art, history and adventure.  With its breathtaking landscapes of Majestic Maluti Mountain and the Rooiberge, and an abundance of trees that each reveals its personality with every change of season.

It’s a place that can appeal to just about anyone with its array of choices from extreme sports of 4×4 trails to mild activities. It’s a peaceful place with plenty of fresh air and scenic views, restaurants as well as a world-renowned Titanic Rock.

The rock is one of the town’s many historical attractions especially since it’s overlooking the entrance to the getaway destination, Clarens. That attracts those from afar and even near as it’s just a few hours’ drive for those who dwell in the hustle and bustle of Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein.

And what uniquely describes Clarens history of its geological and architectural features is what the town is built on, sandstone formation. From the many buildings in the town of homes, restaurants, and nature reserves, places of activity or accommodation and wedding venues.

The most notable sandstone cliff in the area is the Titanic rock situated just 2kms north of Clarens. It’s a huge rock that stands like a sentry to welcome all who visit the village. The uniquely shaped rock forms part of Clarens history as it was named by a resident after the Titanic ship tragically sunk. Due to its remarkable resemblance and being shaped like the bow of the ship.

Clarens Gold Estate

The Clarens Golf Estate – the Prestigious Clarens Golf and Trout Estate

Clarens South Africa the over 100 year old town is known as a tourist magnet. As it’s a getaway destination for city dwellers that can easily hop in their car and escape the urban lifestyle for the farm life. To experience all that the town has to offer.

People visit the town for leisure and for the plenty of activities they can do and get up to within the town’s natural habitat. Its mountains, and streams and its pristine rivers, Clarens is best-known for its trout fishing spots in South Africa.

And when in Clarens you can try trout fishing in the still waters of streams or dams of the prestigious Clarens Golf and Trout Estate at the Clarens Golf Estate.

An Estate that also offers another of the firm favourite of Clarens activities, Golf, spend time leisurely enjoying the scenic views of nature as you tee off on the lush green lawns of the country style 18-hole golf course.

It meanders along and across the tranquil river and its splendid series of dams and cascading waterfalls makes enjoying nature while enjoying these activities to do at the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate easy.

For a bit of country charm the exclusive Clarens Golf Estate has you covered, as it offers these activities for an outdoorsy feel but still not sacrificing on your basic necessities. As the Clarens Golf Estate has several stylish and cosy self-catering two bedroom villas overlooking the valley and golf course are available for rent and equipped with everything you need for that mini break away.

Also found on the grounds of the golf estate is the Clarens Golf Clubhouse with its Free State farm style architecture. It makes enjoying watching a game of golf while surrounded by nature easy from its patios.

Surrender Hill in Clarens

Surrender Hill Clarens Free State

Is a historic Anglo Boer War site about 10km on the Fouriesburg road from the town of Clarens. The site was proclaimed a heritage site in 1986 and marks the place where Free State Boers surrendered to British troops on July 31 1900. The surrender was the culmination of a series of fierce battles fought between Fouriesberg and Golden Gate.

There’s no greater history lesson than that where you get to recount the historical experience first-hand. And Surrender Hill Battlefields Heritage site is a must visit for its Anglo-Boer War history, is a must for history buffs and the spectacular views the hills afford.

It’s where there are graves and memorials of soldiers who died there in the conflict that lasted until 1902. The defeat at Surrender Hill was one of the most serious setbacks suffered by the Boers during the conflict.

For a little more history on the Surrender Hill Battlefields the British destroyed numerous Boer commando weapons. Including six million rounds of ammunition, and captured three field guns, 2 800 head of cattle and 4 314 men.

These days the Surrender Hill remains an active battle site as it also plays host to the annual Surrender Hill Marathon, a 42km race, which starts at 2 000m. If you’re one of the participants in the annual Surrender Hill Marathon, the marathon is a gruelling race and a Comrades Marathon qualifier.

Off-Road enthusiasts should also check out Old Mill Drift 4×4 drive which takes you past this heritage site. This pass is recommended if you want awesome scenery and want to take the road less travelled. That’s rough, slow and tough, with very steep sections especially the part that takes you over the mountain.