The name Clarens is derived from a little village in Switzerland. Known as the “Jewel of the Free State”, Clarens is only a 3 hour road trip from Johannesburg and only 4 hours from Durban. Surrounded by the Rooiberge, Clarens offers amazing vistas, serene mountain views, pristine dams, art galleries, gift shops, arts & craft shops, antique shops and some of the best trout fishing in the country. Fast becoming known as the adventure capital of the Free State, tourists can enjoy white water rafting, quad biking, abseiling and many other activities ranging from the white knuckle variety to the more sedate. There is also a wide range of accommodation available from self-catering cottages to luxury hotels. There is no “best” time to visit Clarens. Whether you’re looking for a weekend away or a week away, this town has everything to offer, no matter what the season.