"The Jewel of the Free State" Clarens by cleocat

Clarens Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 58 photos

Visiting the Free State is not very high on many tourist's itineraries.
It's very cold in winter and quite hot in summer. Though the summer seems to be shorter than in the other SA provinces. If you ever in the area it is worthwhile making a stop in Clarens. It is named after the Swiss town Clarens.

It is a small town where you will still find some dirt roads in the residential areas. A few years ago a house would have cost you next to nothing but today you are looking at a million plus.

It's a four hour drive from Gauteng and alot of Gautengers bought weekend houses.

The tranquil atmosphere, great restaurants, 4x4 tracks and tons of artist's shops and galleries lure the
city dwellers.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Scenery; tranquil; art; crafts;
  • Cons:It's cold in the winter
  • In a nutshell:Clarens stole my heart
  • Intro Updated Jun 5, 2005
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2016 at 3:12 AM

    interesting how a dorpie becomes a sought after destination for the well heeled and prosperous ;-)))

    • cleocat's Profile Photo
      Mar 6, 2016 at 4:29 AM

      I heard from a friend that Clarens has developed quite a bit recently.

  • Oct 10, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    We had a fantastic meal at the Post House - great value for money. They are also open at night.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    We stopped at Clarins for lunch, a visit to the craft market and some gallery browsing - what a pretty little town it is. I bought some lovely silver knives that I use all the time - the best sort of souvenir. leyle

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2006 at 7:05 PM

    I think I would mix and match… a hamburger from Red Mountain and a milkshake from Moerdyk’s.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2006 at 1:52 AM

    Clarens looks like quite an interesting little spot - even if prices have climbed steeply in recent years! I guess the closest I came was while in Royal Natal park!

  • Oct 16, 2005 at 4:41 AM

    Hi Annette! Sounds like a great coffeehouse! Hope you enjoy yourself with the kids today!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2005 at 1:15 PM

    Clarens is a hidden gem. The art and craft is gorgeous. It's small but characterful. I have no pics of it hence no page on it. Thx for yours! Hubby was at Ladybrand in the army close by, knows it well :)

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 5:59 AM

    driven by, but ruddy yskoud in winter ;-)))


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