Heres How To Make The Most Of Your Trip To Clarens This Winter

What better way to unwind and relax than with a romantic getaway at Clarens Eddie’s in the Free State, situated on Clarens Main Street. This self-catering or bed and breakfast has some of the most breathtaking views of the Maluti Mountains. What better way to end your day than with a sunset dinner with the mountains in the backdrop. If you’re planning a trip down this winter, here’s how you can make the most of your time here:

Make Enquiries for Some of Our Top Activities

As part of your booking, we can assist all guests with putting together an itinerary of activities. This takes away from the stress of trying to do it last minute when you about to arrive. If you’re struggling to choose what it is you wish to do while visiting, here is a list of some of our top activities on offer:

  • Cycling trails are available
  • Visit the Clarens Brewery
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Go for a hike in the mountain
  • Partake in outdoor activities
  • Go horse riding
  • Get your adrenaline pumping and go white water rafting
  • Go Ski at Afriski Mountain Resort

All these activities can be completed within the summer and winter months. If you’re visiting during the winter months, you don’t need to worry about the weather spoiling your itinerary. There’s plenty to do and we’ll assist you in coordinating your movements if need be.

Pack in Some Board Games

Looking for a quiet night in? Our suites all come equipped with either built in heating or a fireplace. There’s no reason for you not get all cozy and play one or two board games with your loved one while dinner is on the go.

Spend Some Time in The Center of Town

As the guest house is located just five minutes away from the center of town, there’s no reason why you can’t take a walk and explore everything the town has to offer. There are ample art galleries, pubs and restaurants and shops for you to visit.

Visit the Golden Gate National Park

Home to over 100 bird species, eland, zebras and mongooses to name a few, Golden Gate National Park has a lot to offer its visitors. Apart from seeing some wildlife, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the caves which have san rock paintings in them. You can also visit the Basotho Cultural Village while you’re there and learn about the history of the area. As the weather is set to be much cooler than the summer months, it’s recommended you check in and see if there have been animal sightings before heading there.

These are some of the ways in which you can make the most of your winter getaway to Clarens Eddie’s. If you’ve got any questions regarding the facilities or are wondering what else you can do, be sure to reach out to the owner, Dawn Trevelyan and her team. With their many years of experience within the industry and this area, they’ll be able to assist you with any questions.

You Can’t Pass Through Clarens Without Experiencing A Hot Air Balloon Ride

Navigating the mountains surrounding Clarens Eddie’s brings a unique experience for visitors. With so many trails and views to take in along the way, you bound to have a magical time. There’s so much to do within the area and if you’re wanting to take your experience even further, you must book a hot air balloon ride. This is the perfect opportunity to slow down the pace at the end of your holiday.

Here’s What You Can Expect from The Hot air Balloon Trip

Upon your arrival at the landing platform, you’ll be offered a warm cup of coffee to enjoy with your partner while the team get the hot air balloon ready for takeoff. When the balloon is ready for takeoff, you’ll be allowed into the hot air balloon where the ropes will be released, and you’ll take off.

Take in The Clarens Mountains from A Birds Eye View

Once up in the air, you’ll drift in the same direction as the wind and head over the Maluti Mountains and the surrounding areas. If you’re paying close attention to the views below you, you might even come across some wildlife.

Toward the end of your flight, you’ll be brought back down gently into an open field where you’ll be served champagne. Depending on the time of your hot air balloon flight, you’ll be taken to enjoy a breakfast or dinner.

Extend Your Trip at The Clarens Eddies

Why not extend the hot air balloon experience and stay overnight at the Clarens Eddies? Offering self-catering facilities or the bed and breakfast option, you can heat up next to your indoor fireplace. If you choose the B&B option, breakfast can be arranged for you from the nearby restaurants and delivered to your suite. You can also head over to the restaurant and enjoy your meal there.

Both the self-catering option and B&B option come with free WIFI and DSTV. This allows you to kick back, relax and extend your date into the evening with a movie. Many of the suites overlook the mountain range and offer guests the privacy they require.

Contact the Team at Clarens Eddies for Further Information

With many relationships built up in the community, contact the team at Clarens Eddies today. With their combined years of experience, they’ll assist you with the booking of your hot air balloon experience as well as your accommodation for the night.

How To Prepare For Your Trip To Clarens

Your trip down to Clarens is fast approaching and it’s time to start packing your bags. If you’re visiting Clarens for the first time, it might be overwhelming trying to gather everything you might need for the trip. To ensure you can ease into your holiday with all the essentials packed in, we’ve put together some of the items you should remember to pack.

Pack Clothing for Every Weather Condition

It’s no secret the weather in Clarens is like that of the Cape. With the conditions changing all the time, you are bound to experience all four seasons in one day. To make sure you have clothing for every condition, we recommend you pack in light clothing for during the day and sufficient warm clothing should it get cooler and move into the evening.

Ensure You Have Packed in Comfortable Clothing for Your Activities

There’s also a whole host of activities for you to enjoy while you’re here so be sure to pack in comfortable clothing and shoes for when you’re out and about. From the annual Ficksburg Cherry Festival, the brewery, hot air balloon rides and outdoor activities, we have it all! If we don’t host the activity ourselves, we’ll be sure to put you in contact with the relevant people.

Create A Travel Pouch for Yourself

This pouch should house all your important documentation relating to your travels. If you’re travelling from out of time, you can use this pouch to store any flight information and of course, your accommodation booking, your identification documents and your driver’s license. The pouch should also include any medical aid information as well as your contact information.

As a safety precaution, create a duplicate of this travel pouch and keep it in each child’s backpack. Should they go wandering off for whatever reason, they’ll be able to make their way back to you in no time.

Extra Power Supply and Battery Banks

With there being so much to do and see, the last thing you want is your camera or cell phone battery dying on you. Be sure to pack in additional power supply to keep your devices going throughout the day. If you are travelling from out of town, it’s recommended you check what power adaptor you need to use your electronics.

Clear Your Phone and Camera Memory

The sentiment is the same when it comes to the memory you have available on your phone or camera. To ensure you can go home with a whole selection of images from your trip to Clarens to relive the experience with your friends and family, be sure clear up some memory on your memory card.

These are some of the essentials to remember as part of your planning for your trip to Clarens. If you have this covered, you have the basic items covered. If you’re planning a specific activity be sure to check in with the organisers to see what the most appropriate clothing will be and if you need to pack in anything specific.

What to do in Clarens & where to find the best accommodation for all!

Well, finding the best accommodation in Clarens is easy if you choose to stay with the warm, welcoming team at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering Accommodation!

Having your own private haven for the exploration of all that makes Clarens a holiday destination enjoyed by South Africans and international visitors every year, is all laid on by a staff complement who want nothing more than to make your stay one that makes you feel like royalty!

For those who are planning a romantic getaway, or singles who are on a journey of exploration in this beautiful area that has inspired so many artists, there is a level of privacy that creates a world of your own.

There are two rooms for couples that offer all the modern conveniences you could need to make coffee , or to warm up a delectable meal from one of the many restaurants in Clarens, while taking a breather from all the sightseeing and adventure that draws you in completely.

Clarens Eddies also offers comfortable self-catering units that are perfect for families or groups of friends who are looking forward to diving into all that Clarens has to offer.

All the mod cons you and your family could possibly need are included in your accommodation: no one is going to complain that there is no wifi or satellite TV for the evenings you may spend catching a breather from the many activities to be explored in Clarens!

It’s all laid on in style, and even teenagers who would feel lost without wifi or TV will not be at a loss with super-fast uncapped wifi on tap! Free toiletries, a kitchen fit for any chef, cuddly-soft duvets and warm arandas blankets round out the best accommodation in Clarens.

So, what to do in Clarens for everyone:

  • Take an exhilarating flight in a hot air balloon, this will give you a view of all the natural beauty that takes your breath away, or, if you are brave enough, strap on a parachute for the ride of your life!
  • Enjoy an easy or tougher hike that lead to stunning views of the Maluti and Rooiberg Mountains, and watch the changes in colour as the sun moves across ancient, beautiful sandstone mountains – let’s not forget about the flowers that come out in spring along these walks, or the fynbos that makes these areas their home and the breathtaking yellow and red colours of autumn!
  • Visit the quaint Clarens Village Square to satisfy your appetite at the many restaurants that spill out onto pavements much as they do in Europe – make sure you have a full wallet ready to fill your luggage with curios, gifts and art that you will find on every corner in Clarens.
  • Go horse-riding, white water rafting, trout fishing or cycling along the many trails that will take you on a journey surrounded by natural beauty.
  • Watch a live stage performance at the sandstone amphitheatre on a visit to the Basotho Cultural Village to immerse yourself in the history of a culture that goes back to the 16th

Well heck, there’s just so much more to do on a visit to Clarens than it simply can’t all be listed here, but make absolutely sure that you book in advance for the most comfortable, welcoming accommodation in Clarens by calling the team today for more information to help plan your stay – this is their home and they welcome you with a warmth that can only be found in a place as magnificently beautiful as this!