Top things to do in Clarens | 3 activities to try

Posted on 1 May 2024 By Louise Bell

With the vibrant Clarens Arts Festivals making their way in May, this small town becomes flooded with individuals seeking a cultural and art-infused experience. While this event will surely be unforgettable, there is a treasure trove of activities and excursions to be had in this location.

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So, instead of visiting this quaint town for a few hours, why not extend your stay and spend a weekend visiting the best places in Clarens? Here are a few extra excursions to make your stay even more memorable.

Visit Golden Gate Highlands National Park

While national parks usually have an array of hiking trails and natural sceneries to wonder at, the Golden Gate Highlands activities take this to a whole other level. From drinking sorghum beer at the Basotho Cultural Village to delving into caves in the vicinity, you’re in for a unique time at this location. Be sure to take your wallet upon entry into this park, as there is an entry fee for visitors.

If you’re planning to spend the night, the Glen Reenen Rest Camp is situated near this national park and is a great place to get back in touch with nature.

Go Art Gallery Hopping

To prepare you for the creative splendours ahead, be sure to visit a few art galleries in Clarens to get into an arty mood. From Tobias Art to the Munro Art Gallery, you’ll have a smorgasbord of options to choose from, and you can enjoy an afternoon filled with local curated creations.

If you’re looking for a side of tannins with your arty experience, be sure to visit the Arts & Wine lounge in Clarens to feel like a true art connoisseur with a glass of red in hand.

Attend another festival

The great thing about the charming town of Clarens is that, beyond the Clarens Arts Festival, there is a wide selection of festivals and events throughout the year. Attending and forming part of the merriment of a local festival will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the spirit and culture of the town. Here are a few other eventful happenings to attend at this location:

  • Clarens Craft Beer Festival (March)  
  • Clarens Country Market (May to August)
  • Maluti Double 90 Cycle Race (April)
  • LUSH Music Festival (mid-April)

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