Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and is nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State".

It was established in 1912 and named after the town of Clarens in Switzerland    where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days. 

Clarens is situated 336 km from Johannesburg, 284 km from Bloemfontein, 389 km from Durban.

Clarens is an artists' haven with many well-known artists either living in or frequenting the village, with many art galleries scattered around the village square and the town. The tranquil village ambience combined with scenic views and a mild climate makes Clarens a perfect place to come and explore.

Clarens is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and is one of the most picturesque spots in South Africa. Clarens is part of the scenic Highlands Route and is surrounded by mountains. The Rooiberge is the range encompassing the village, whilst further towards the southeast are the Maluti mountains in shades of purple and blue.

All around are the sandstone cliffs with their multi-coloured layers - these horizontal strata are a characteristic feature of the area. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park with its sandstone formations and cliffs is 17 km from Clarens.

Clarens offers a wide range of activities including: horse riding, absailing, hiking, fly fishing, fossil hunting, white water rafting and golf for the active among us, or just strolling around the village looking at the shops, stopping for a bit to eat, a bit of people watching or reading for those of us looking for a perfect place to unwind.

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