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In the eastern Free State of South Africa is the village of Clarens. This holiday town is set at the foot of Mount Horeb, surrounded by Rooiberge and the Maluti Mountains. Clarens is popular for being an artists’ haven as well as an ideal destination or stopover for those traveling along the Free State Highlands Route. The town is around a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg.

Clarens makes for both a sleepy weekend getaway as well as an adventurous journey. Streets are dotted with a range of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques that inspire an easy stroll through town to enjoy the day. Horse riding and fly fishing are but a couple of the leisurely options to enjoy, and there are caves and San paintings that can be explored. Abseiling and whitewater rafting awaits those who need a shot of adrenaline. Being relatively small, Clarens can be easily and comfortably explored on foot.

As a top choice for a weekend getaway, Clarens is well suited to cater to the holidaymaker. From self-catering cottages to lodges, the ideal accommodation can be found. Find the most suitable accommodation for you by clicking on our interactive map and exploring Clarens for hotels and must-see destinations.