The Freestate is home to many a local treasure, some tucked away and completely unassuming, yet offering up abundant amounts of charm and traditional Old-Dutch hospitality.
Just over an hour’s drive outside of Harrismith lies Clarens – a quaint town full of flair, charisma and warm hospitality. Welcoming an assortment of visitors and their diverse interests, Clarens is set at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, and is known as the ‘Jewel of the Eastern Freestate’ for its stunning surrounding landscape.
From farm-style delis, contemporary art galleries and boutiques, antique stores for the avid collector, local restaurants, a coffee roastery, hiking, mountain biking and conservancy trails – Clarens is the perfect spot to explore for the day.
- Clementines – for rustic, farm-style dishes.
- 278 on Main – for the best breakfast in town.
- The Purple Onion Deli – for delicious, homemade treats and the outstanding coffee.
- The Art and Wine Gallery on Main.
- Artefunto Contemporary Art Gallery.
- Smudge Contemporary Art Gallery.
- Clarens Conservancy Trails – choose from 7 different trails, all as scenic as the next.
- The Clarens Dinosaur Trail – explore an ancient river bed where the track ways of multiple species of dinosaurs and mammal-like reptiles can be seen.
- White Water Rafting – tackle the grade 3 and 4 rapids of the Ash River.
- Clarens Wellness Day Spa – enjoy a couples treatment amongst the gorgeous surrounding scenery
- Highland Coffee Roastery – offering the freshest coffee in the region, 100% Arabica beans roasted on the premises.
- The Clarens Brewery – offering free tastings, a stopover at this microbrewery is a must.
- McKinley Chocolates – sample hand-made chocolates and confectionery created by Calen Thomas, a chocolatier who grew up in Alaska and relocated to the picturesque town of Ficksburg.