These you do not want to miss

There is lots to do, places to go…

SCENIC DAY TRIP COMPASS

NORTH

Heading towards Bethlehem

Take a walk to the top of Titanic Rock at the entrance to Clarens. Contact the Clarens Village Conservancy for a detailed map. Call 082 821 0750 or buy online: www.clarensvillageconservancy.com

Go on a scenic game drive with Clarens Safari Tours. Visit the Ash River Outfall (11) part of the Lesotho Highlands Water project’s Trans-Caledon Tunnel. It is also the start of some of SA’s best Whitewater Rafting. Call in on Baris Monger or Noah’s Cheese or Die Uyshuis Padstal,  all located on the R712 on route to Bethlehem.

Bethlehem is known for hosting one of SA’s finest annual Air Shows in August. There is the Frontier Inn and Casino.

Visit Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary, an international project of the FourPaws Organization. Rescued big cats from around the world are offered sanctuary here.

@Lionsrock meet Gipsy

Gipsy was born in 2001 and lived together with her brother, Romany, in a run-down zoo in Romania. Both developed severe signs of malnutrition. In 2009 both were transferred to “Stitching Pantera”, a former private zoo founded about 20 years ago, now known as “Felida”. “Felida” is our Big Cat Centre in the Dutch village of Nijeberkoop in the Netherlands. “Felida” came under Four Paws Management in October 2013 after financial problems endangered the welfare and safety of all big cats living there. Unfortunately Romany died in 2013 and Gypsy has been alone ever since. She was transferred to LIONSROCK on 02/07/2014 and lives in our Special Care Unit as she needs special attention.

SCENIC DAY TRIP COMPASS

WEST

Heading towards Fouriesburg and Clocolan

Starting from Clarens on the R711, on route you will find:

The bushman paintings on the Schaapplaats Farm;

Mushroom Rock at St Fort Guest Farm;

Surrender Hill Boer War Memorial Site 13km from Clarens;

The Fertility Caves, a holy site for Sotho worshippers. (Clarens Xtreme offers guided tours. It is a little difficult to find these caves!);

Lesoba Farm which offers hiking and 4×4 trails;

Old Mill Drift  just off the R711 (S28”36’34.4 E28”27’06.6) offers a host of activities from hiking and nature trails, 4×4 and scenic drives, enduro/off-road biking trails, river tubing, birding, warmblood horse stud, paleantology site and many more. Not suitable for low profiled vehicles;

Fouriesburg with interesting little shops and great restaurants to explore (39km from Clarens) with the Fouriesburg Country Inn being a highlight;

Ionia Cherry Farm, where you can join the cherry picking tours in November;

Sandstone Estates is a large commercial agricultural enterprise covering over 7,000 hectares, located on the border with Lesotho in South Africa’s Eastern Free State province, close to the Maluti Mountains. It is a mere 55 minute drive from Clarens. Every second year (2018 in April) it hosts Stars of Sandstone where all of its grand steam driven transportation and a vast collection of military tanks, etc., is spectacularly showcased;

Meiringskloof Nature Park offers breathtaking walks;

Ficksburg is known for hosting the annual Cherry Festival every November, 83km from Clarens;

Clocolan which is known for hosting the annual Plaaskultuurfees in March (Farm Culture Festival). It includes a spectacular show of vintage tractors. Look out for amazing farm stalls on route; and

Rosendal is another lovely small town in the area well worth exploring.

@ Ionia Cherry Farm

Ionia farm is made up of five farms and there are more than 15000 cherry trees planted with 13 varieties of red cherries and four varieties of yellow cherries. Take a tour of the Ionia Cherry Farm and experience the beauty and magnificence of the Eastern Free State, where you will have the opportunity to take photos, pick cherries and take a walk through the orchard. You can also experience cherry liqueur tasting. Don’t miss the opportunity to see and taste why they call cherries “fruit of the gods”. This historic farm, set amongst the rugged sandstone cliffs of the Eastern Free State Highlands, is blessed with precise combination of soil and climate, and is set at the precise altitude – landmarked by a solitary rock-needle etched against the skyline known as the Pulpit – required to produce the perfect cherry!

SCENIC DAY TRIP COMPASS

EAST

Heading towards Golden Gate

Horse riding into the Maluti Mountains at Bokpoort Holiday Farm or at Di Busstop.

Rebellie Game Farm, approximately 15km from  Clarens, offers graded 4×4 trails for experienced drivers.

Along the route, look out for Sugar and Cinnamon (082 382 3515) a delightful restaurant and gift shop.

Just before you reach Golden Gate, you will find Kiara Lodge Holiday Club  where their Trout & Mallard Restaurant and Body Bliss Day Spa are open to the public.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Exploring off the main road requires permits which are obtainable from the Golden Gate Hotel and Glen Reenen Rest camp. The SANParks office (Gladstone) is closed on Saturdays and Sundays (058 255 1000) Enjoy the
Rooidraai scenic route,
Vulture restaurant,
Drakensberg view point,
– Hiking trails,
– Horse riding at the Gladstone Stables,
– Swim in the rock pools behind the filling station, and grab a bite to eat at
Masutsa & Brandwag Restaurants (058 255 1000).
• Visit the Basotho Cultural Village just beyond Golden Gate and experience their lifestyle from the 16th century in the interactive living museum

The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation in this region – 2,000 to 3,482 metres at Thabana Ntlenyana. The Drakensberg is also known as uKhahlamba (Barrier of Spears) by the Zulu. The Drakensberg Amphitheatre Climb. … If one is sleeping over, then a trip to the top of Mont Aux Sources peak should not be missed. … For those inexperienced in the area, we strongly advise that you hire an experienced Mountain Guide.

 

SCENIC DAY TRIP COMPASS

SOUTH

Heading towards Lesotho

Before you get there, just off the Caledonspoort Road, you will find Wyndford Holiday Farm  in beautiful, scenic surroundings.

Getting to the border

Drive West towards Fouriesburg (34km on the R711), turn left towards the Caledonspoort Border Post (14km) which is open from 06:00 – 22:00 (058 223 8400). Exchange rate: R1=M1 (Maloti). Rands are accepted throughout Lesotho.

Passports and unabridged birth certificates (showing both parents’ names) for U18s are required for:
• Day trips to AfriSki
• Day trips to the Katse Dam wall,
Once through both border posts, head towards the first town Butha Buthe until you reach a T-junction, turn left to AfriSki and right to Katse Dam. You can stay over at Katse Lodge.

Book tours at Clarens Xtreme,  or Maluti Tours.

Not to be missed are the  Liphofung Caves and Cultural Centre.

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