Yes, the spectacular beauty of the Maluti Mountains just this side of Lesotho and the rich shades of red from the Red Mountains bring an other-worldly beauty to Clarens that will not be found anywhere else in the world, but Clarens is so much more than just the jaw-dropping scenery that confronts you, there is a whole lot more just waiting for you once you’ve plonked your bags down at Clarens Eddies for your first day of exploration!
You will be given a warm welcome from the team at Clarens Eddies that will put you in a relaxed frame of mind right from the start, giving you a brand of caring that is hard to beat, they love their town passionately and it is contagious for every guest that makes Clarens Eddies their base of operations in Clarens.
The cultural aspect of Clarens is well established, it was born in 1912 and flourished into a village that is home to a long list of notable artists and the galleries you can browse through, considering the inspiration drawn from exquisite surroundings, you may need to prepare your credit card for a bit of plundering just to take a work of art home with you!
Staying on the note of art, the heritage art scene is also evident around Clarens in Bushman rock paintings estimated to be over 2000 years old, and to take a step back into the past like this you would head off to Schaapplaats, which is one of South Africa’s 12 Rock Art National Monuments.
This is where you will find a large painted cave that acts as a natural gallery displaying about 35 Busman rock paintings, representing paintings of part-animal, part-human beings that represent the mysticism of Bushman Shamans in an altered state of consciousness!
You may not think it if you have not already been there, but food is another unique draw card for Clarens, so if you decide that the kitchen at your self catering unit at Clarens Eddies can remain largely untouched, nobody will blame you, with so many interesting restaurants on your doorstep, you can definitely take time off from cooking!
…..and there’s more, take a day trip to the Golden Gate National Park, aptly named for the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs, keeping an eye out for wildlife like eland, oribi, blesbok, springbok, black wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra – the birds in the park are also a draw card for bird-watchers!
There is just so much to see and experience in Clarens that you will definitely be most grateful for the tips that will come from the team at Clarens Eddies to create the perfect Clarens holiday itinerary!