Clarens in South Africa is a quaint little town that I cannot more highly reccomend you to visit. This town are entwined with history to the extent that this town is named after Clarens in Switzerland and now one of the TOP destinations that I can recommend you visit.
I have been to this town many times and it never fails to enchant me. It’s riddled with Guest houses, small boutique hotels and many little shops to get crafts, furniture, food and of course the obligatory coffee shops.
The town is reached from Johannesburg and approximately four hours drive from the city. It’s located in the Eastern Free State province of South Africa and is the gateway to the Golden Gate national park.
This makes a perfect stop over between the Gauteng cities and Durban. The road to Clarens Valley is very good and as you approach the town the Meluti Mountain range is souring in front of you, making a welcome addition to the flat landscape of the Northern Free State.
Once thing that you will notice from the town is that there is and disproportionate amount of Art Galleries. This makes the ambience of the town very bohemien combined with a feel of true africa and of course that Germanic influence.
If you have a few days spare in Johannesburg or on your way to Durban. I cannot more highly recommend this town. Make your way there! you will love it.
If you do, please let me know your thoughts.