Besides the fact that Clarens is a magnet for artists and home to many of them who display their work in various art galleries around Clarens Village, Clarens is also considered an amazing place for photographers from around the world, according to Locationscout.net, which is a network of passionate photographers and travellers around the world!
The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words has never been truer than it is when it comes to the character of Clarens Village itself and the sheer beauty of this valley nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, surrounded by some of the highest peaks on this range.
Don’t take my word for it, check out some of the photos on the venues SA.com website, you will see for yourself that it is nothing short of breath-taking, in every sense of the word! Talking about photography, Clarens is the perfect venue for weddings, with plenty of home-grown photographers primed to make your wedding album truly magical!
Clarens Eddies is your accommodation gateway to all of this beauty and a chock-a-clock menu of activities, eclectic markets and a little like Rome with its restaurants that line the pavements of the Clarens Village Square.
Clarens may be around 100 years old, but, it has all the modern conveniences you could possibly need in an old-world atmosphere surrounded by buildings that carry through the magnificent shades of ochre, yellow, red and orange of the age-old sandstone mountains in the region.
Golden Gate National Park is just twenty minutes away from Clarens Eddies, taking you into an adventure of wildlife that ranges from the majestic Eland to Oribi, Springbok and Zebra’s, and in this unspoilt conservation area, a variety of birdlife flourishes, crossing from Ostriches to elegant White Storks and everything winged in-between!
Take a game drive to visit Lions who have been rescued from terrible conditions from around the world, which now number in the 90’s; seeing these majestic beasts who are the King of the animal kingdom having a second chance at life is well worth the time and an experience not easily forgotten!
The mixture of history, which dates back to the dinosaur age through to the Bushmen paintings, relics of the Anglo-Boer war and a close up look into the village life of the Basuto people is enough to keep you very busy, outside of the white river rafting, horse riding, hot air ballooning or quad biking, to name just a few of the arm’s length worth of activities waiting for you and the family to enjoy!
Leave early in the morning to spend the day skiing on the slopes at Afriski Ski Resort and come back for a lovely dinner at one of the divine restaurants before you head back to Clarens Eddies, where you can expect 24 hour service from a team passionate about your comfort!
With the mid-week specials that are always on offer, on top of the already affordable rates offered by Clarens Eddies, you can plan to stretch your stay a little longer, however, be warned, no matter how long you plan to stay, you will be back; there will always be a little more to explore and there is always such pleasure attached to the hospitality extended by the team at Clarens Eddies!
Try it for yourself, photography, art and the written word will ever quite capture the magic of Clarens!