Top 10 Things To Do In Clarens

If you’re looking to take a break from the hecticness that sometimes (okay, always) envelops Joburg, Clarens is just a short three-hour drive away and offers a plethora of awesome things to do to keep you entertained while you’re there. It’s close enough for a weekend escape and relaxed enough to zone out there for a week.


Visit The Clarens Brewery

Calling all beer drinkers! Sip away on some fantastic brews at the well-known Clarens Brewery. This microbrewery is filled to the brim with delicious craft options but don’t fret if you’re not a beer drinker – the brewery offers a range of ciders, too. They’ve also got a food menu to satisfy your stomach – items range from German sausages and meatball rolls to cheese platters and hot chips served with mayo… yum!

For more info, visit their website here.

Indulge In A Spa Treatment

Clarens Wellness Day Spa is the perfect place for you to indulge in a little ‘me-time’. They use Africology products, which are fabulous, and they boast a range of signature treatments that sound divine, as well as a variety of packages that are sure to send you into a state of bliss. They even offer packages for couples as well as for kids so you can pay the spa a visit with the whole family!

For more information, visit their website here.

Experience Fine Dining At Clementines

Clementines restaurant is nothing short of fantastic. If you visit Clarens during peak holiday season, it’s best you make a booking for this spot as it’s quite popular – and for good reason, their food is excellent. If you decide to pay them a visit, you should definitely try the oxtail stew – it’s a must!

For more information, visit their website here.

Go For A Hike

If you love the outdoors, it’s definitely recommended that you take a hike while in Clarens. It’s a stunning town with plenty of trails to choose from – if you’re up for a challenging, adventurous hike, the Cannibal Trail is for you. With overnight facilities in a cave, historic rock art and more, it’ll stick in your mind for years to come. An easier option is The Mushroom Rock Trail, which is a two-hour hike that offers many rest spots along the way. At the top of the hike is the Mushroom Rock, which is a great picnic spot where you can relax and take in the beautiful views.

For more information, visit their website here.

Enjoy Art And Wine

Clarens is known for being an artsy town that is full of amazing creativity. Works by Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Aviva Maree and more are on display. The venue also sells a wide range of South African wine so be sure to pop in, view some stunning art and take a bottle or two away with you.

For more information, visit their website here.

Go Horseback Riding

Why not go on a horseback riding adventure? Just 4kms out of Clarens, Bokpoort offers just that – in fact, it’s what they specialise in. This family-farm has been around since 1865 and overlooks the whole of the Clarens Valley – so be sure to take your camera along with you. If you’re not so into horse riding, Bokpoort also offers mountain bike trails, clay pigeon shooting, trail running, team building and archery!

For more information, visit their website here.

Be Extreme

If you thrive on adrenaline, you’ll love Clarens Xtreme. This adventure company offers all kinds of heart-pumping activities like white water rafting, quad biking, paintball, abseiling, MTB trails and much more. They also offer a shuttle to AfriSki, which is a ski resort in Lesotho! It’s just a two-hour trip out of Clarens.

For more information, visit their website here.

Basotho Cultural Village

The Basotho Cultural Village is a must-see in the Clarens area. Experience authentic Basotho culture. Visitors to the village will be taken on a tour, will get to taste traditional food and traditionally-brewed beer and will find out how arts and crafts are created. They also offer accommodation should guests wish to experience Basotho hospitality.

For more information, visit their website here.

Dinosaur Tour

If you’re interested in dinosaurs, you have to take this tour! It will expose you to a range of fascinating fossils! The tour begins with a talk about geology and paleontology of the area where you will learn about what earth was like during the dinosaur era. You will then get to view fossilised dinosaur footprints – how interesting!

For more information, visit their website here.

Hop In A Hot Air Balloon

View Clarens like never before as you float above it on a hot air balloon! Don’t forget to bring your camera along for this trip as you’ll have oh-so-many photo ops! After your trip, enjoy a delicious breakfast in the village of Clarens.

For more information, visit their website here.

By Nikki Samakosky

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