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.