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Clarens at a glance

The small town of Clarens in the Eastern Free State has become to go-to place for artists and art lovers.

Nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, Clarens enjoys breathtaking views provided by its close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

Home to many art galleries and artisan eateries means that visitors and residents to the town are spoilt for choice when they feel like a relaxing day. The town is home to many artists and many more frequent the little town creating a hub of creativity, while the quiet town centre and little shops provide the slow country life ambiance.

Its prime location means that Durban, Johannesburg, and Bloemfontein is a comfortable 3 to 4-hour drive away, making it the perfect setting for a weekend getaway.

Due to the sandstone rich surroundings, many of the buildings in Clarens is an ode to the craftsmanship of sandstone builders. The vast array of trees provides beautiful shows of nature’s power during each season - fruit trees blooming in spring and the autumn colours of the Lombard poplars.

You will not find a more picturesque town in South Africa