Clarens Tourist Information

Clarens is known as the Jewel of the Freestate and its the perfect location close to a range of activities and attractions including Katse dam, Golden Gate, Afri-ski, Mont -aux- sources, Lesotho and much more. Clarens is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and mild climate.

Clarens is an easy 3 to 4 hour drive for city dwellers from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban. An ideal weekend getaway, suitable to all tastes, and excellent restaurants to satisfy your culinary tastes.

Clarens History

Clarens was established in 1912, and named after the town Clarens in Switzerland, where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days. A farm called "Leliehoek" was bought from Hermanus Steyn in 1910, and in 1911 Piet de Villiers sold his farm "Naauwpoort" to a company wanting to establish a village on his land. These two farms were divided into stands, and sold for 50 pounds each.

A commission was appointed in 1912 to finalize negotiations and a decision was made to name the village "Clarens" in honor or President Kruger's influence in the area.