There’s a small village called Clarens and it’s not to be confused with the one in Switzerland, but rather the one I’m referring to is Clarens, South Africa. Clarens, South Africa was established in 1912 and named after the town of Clarens in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days. Paul Kruger, hero of South African independence from Britain, died in the town of Clarens, Switzerland. And it’s for this reason that a village in South Africa was given the same name.The history goes as such the town of Clarens, South Africa was a result of two farms being sold Leliehook was bought from Hermanus Steyn in 1910/11 and Piet De Villiers sold his farm Naauwpoort (situated near the Titanic rock) to a company at the time wanting to have village in the area, the two farms were divided into even and sold for fifty pounds.
And after negotiations a decision was made to name the village after President Paul Kruger influence on the area after he as a voluntarily exile lived his last days in the town of Clarens in Switzerland. Following the Free State-Basotho War of 1865 – 1866, where five Transvaal burghers were murdered in the Eastern Free State, and as a result war was declared between the Transvaal and the Basotho leader, Moshoeshoe.
Today Clarens, South Africa is a tourist’s top town to visit and thought fondly of as a great environment and escape from the city life and a quick getaway that’s a few hours’ drive from the main cities. A place for shoppers, foodies, art and nature lovers and adrenaline junkies and understandably so with such an array of choices from extreme sports of 4X4 trails, quad biking to mild activities, a peaceful place with plenty of fresh air and scenic views, restaurants as well as a world renowned nature reserve, the Golden Gate National Park.