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Clarens Bookings

Clarens Bookings

Clarens Bookings offers you a fine selection of accommodation options for your next trip to Clarens. Enjoy one of South Africa’s finest destinations in style with one of our popular accommodation establishments.
There is plenty to do in Clarens and plenty to see…
Contact Biddy Webber on 079 934 4362 | info@clarensbookings.co.za | www.clarensbookings.co.za


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B-You Day Spa

B-You Day Spa

 

B -You Day Spa, owned by the highly trained Jorene Ruhfus offers a range of treatments designed to pamper you during your stay in Clarens.

Spoil someone special with a gift voucher.

Corporate and wedding groups are fully catered for with relaxing body treatments, facials, waxing, tinting and a full nail-bar service.

Book directly with Jorene. 

Address:

Market street East, Clarens

Tel.: (082) 563-2407

Email Address: budayspa@gmail.com

Contact Person: Jorene Ruhfus

Website: www.budayspa.co.za

Clarens Wellness Spa

Clarens Wellness Spa

Professionalism, Inner Peace and Natural Beauty enable them to make every Treatment an Unforgettable Experience.

Tel.: (082) 887-1503

Email Address: info@clarenswellnessdayspa.co.za

Contact Person: Janine Burls

Website: www.clarenswellnessdayspa.co.za

Some of our artists offer workshops!

Artitude Team Building

Tina de Beer offers classes on Tuesdays or by prior arrangement. Groups are welcome. Artitude Team Building requires no art skill, only team spirit. Challenge your team to be creative. Call 058-256-1071/083-228-9258.

Coen Pretorius

Coen tutor in free hand drawing techniques, water colour painting, and painting in both acrylic and oil. You will learn how to render landscapes, buildings, portraits and much more. Artists meet Thursdays at 09h00 on 1 Steyn Street. Call 083 630 8297.

Ruth Walter

Call her at 084-510-4200

Maluti Tours

Maluti Tours takes the hassle out of visiting Lesotho (Remember your passports).

We offer comfortable transport, local guides and a variety of Tours.

We offer pony trek trips, 4×4 tours, cave visits, genuine Basotho village visits and Katse Dam tours, all fully guided.

Day or multi-day tours, depending on your preference.

Tel.: (082) 921-3894 / (072) 133-9615

Email Address: Maureen@tourstolesotho.com

Contact Person: Maureen Tasker

Website: www.tourstolesotho.com

Clarens Safari’s

Clarens Safari’s

Clarens Safari is situated only 2km outside of the village of Clarens.

Come and enjoy a picturesque and scenic game drive with us.

We offer 14 species of game. Drives take ± 2 hours where you can enjoy marvelous vistas on top of the mountains with many picture opportunities. Enjoy a picnic or take a sundowner drive with drinks or cocktails.
We can also give you a guided tour to some historical caves on the farm and share some very interesting history with you, while also getting some info on Dinosaur species that existed here. Bring along your binoculars and spot the great variety of birds.
Once a month we offer full moon drives for the romantics among us.

Address:
Farm Welgelegen, Clarens
Tel.: (082) 356-5031
Email Address: info@clarenssafari.co.za
Contact Person: Bouwer Van Aard
Website: clarenssafari.co.za

 


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Clarens Xtreme

Clarens Xtreme

Bring your family and friends to the CX adventure zone in the village for a great time.

We have almost all our adventures on site. Were you wondering what to do in Clarens? Come try one or all of the following – white water rafting, quad bikes, zipline, abseiling, paintball, archery, putt putt, rock climbing wall, MTB rentals or one of our day tours.

We are easy to find, 300m from the main entrance to the village – just look out for the giant yellow CX sign.

Address:
 531 Sias Oosthuizen Str, Clarens
Tel.: (058) 256-1260 / (082) 563-6242
Email Address: info@clarensxtreme.co.za
Contact Person: Ollie Esplin
Website: www.clarensxtreme.co.za

Traditional South-African dishes

Traditional South-African dishes

Here are 10 traditional South-African dishes that reflect the country’s diverse culture and palate.

Probably the most-loved South-African snack, biltong is a dried, cured, and spiced meat. While not as sweet, biltong and American beef jerky share some similarities. Beef biltong remains a favourite, but venison biltong is also popular. More unconventional versions, like chicken biltong, are also available.

Boerewors, a type of sausage made from beef mince, must have at least 90% meat to qualify as boerewors. The mince mixture contains spices such as coriander, cloves, and nutmeg, and has a very distinct taste. Many locals like to make their own boerewors, and it’s guaranteed to be one of the meats served at a braai.

Bobotie, a dinner-time favourite, consists of spiced mince, an egg-based topping, and traditionally raisins or sultanas that are added to the mixture. The dish has a sweet taste, a Cape Malay influence, and it includes curry, turmeric and often almonds.

Koeksisters is a tasty tea-time treat made by frying pleated-dough pieces, koeksisters become even sweeter after adding a sugary syrup. It has  a golden, crunchy crust, a soft, doughnut-like centre, and are super sticky.

Malva pudding, of Cape Dutch origin, contains apricot jam, is saucy, and has a spongy texture with a caramel taste. Once taken out of the oven, those who bake it add a cream-based sauce over the pudding. This results in a sticky and soft yet cake-like dessert. A favourite among South Africans, it is normally served with hot custard or vanilla ice cream.

It’s rare to meet South Africans who say they don’t enjoy this traditional Miltart. It is a pie-like dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust and a creamy filling made of milk, flour, sugar, and eggs. It can be bought whole at most supermarkets, and almost every family has their own secret recipe.
Clarens attracts more and more tourists daily

Clarens attracts more and more tourists daily

This quaint little country town in the Free State has become one of SA’s favourite tourist destinations.

The popular Free State town Clarens was named after the Swiss village of Clarens where Paul Kruger spent his last days in voluntary exile. Founded in 1912, Clarens is situated 20km from Golden Gate, 40km from Bethlehem and borders the northern most point of Lesotho.

The town is conveniently located three hours from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and four hours from Durban.

Known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful climate, Clarens is an inspiration. When not exploring the beautiful countryside, visitors can enjoy the many fine art galleries, shops and restaurants. Clarens also offers a wide range of outdoor and sporting activities ranging from the Clarens Golf Club to some of the finest trout and fly-fishing in the country.

Other activities include river rafting, abseiling, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, 4x4 trails, tennis, squash and bowls.

 

What made a tourist town such as Clarens succeed whereas other towns faltered and failed?

The decline of towns is a common phenomenon. Since larger centres have strong economic bases and offer higher order services these cities attract people. What should towns do to intercept migrants on their way to larger centres in search of perceived better opportunities?

 

Clarens was established in 1912 as a retirement town.

The town retained its retirement character until 1985, when the potential for tourism was realised. Until the mid-1980s, the town had approximately 200 residents and currently the town hosts up to  30,000 residents during Easter weekend, according to some estimates (Marais, 2004). Several historical phases signify the development of Clarens, namely: the phase of Clarens as a retirement village, the phase of capital injection from outside, and the Lesotho Highlands Water Project phase. From 1912 to 1985, during the phase of “Clarens as a retirement village,” agriculture was the main economic activity. The town was generally regarded as a retirement village due to the small number of people residing there and, although Clarens still has an agricultural component, most of the farming activities are now conducted in the larger centre of Bethlehem. The first capital in Clarens attracts more and more tourists daily

 

The Lesotho Highlands Water Project heralded the next phase in the development of Clarens.

This project required the construction of a tunnel from the Katse Dam in Lesotho to the Ash River just outside of Clarens  (the same river is used for adventure activities such as white-water rafting). Although other neighbouring towns such as Ficksburg also benefited from the construction of this tunnel, Clarens benefited from the decision for it to serve as the headquarters for the teams involved in building the tunnel. This required the construction of housing units in 1990.

Innovative entrepreneurs embarked on promoting Clarens as an unique and favourable getaway destination

After the completion of the project, the international labourers left Clarens, plunging the town into a recession. This was largely because the economic infrastructure was built around the provision of goods and services to international labourers. However, this resulted in innovative entrepreneurs embarking on promoting Clarens as a unique and favourable getaway destination. The outcome of the marketing campaign was restaurants and bed-and-breakfast establishments springing up like mushrooms in Clarens. During this time, artists took advantage of the opportunity to establish themselves in Clarens because it provided a beautiful setting to work in and from. They opened galleries and studios, selling art at prices unheard of in the metropolitan mainstream. In effect, the Clarens setting provided a ready market for selling art and other craft products, and the existing restaurants expanded their menus and additional outdoor activities flourished.ection from outside the Free State province came between 1985 and 1989.