Located less than half an hour from Clarens, Frontier Inn is the perfect stop-over point. This quaint artistic town is known for its art galleries, unique shops, and popular eateries. Clarens is also renowned for its annual beer festival which brings together some of the finest craft beers and drinks, as well as local entertainment.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.
This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals including black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra - and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs.
Enjoy the adventure of horseback riding in the Free State. Trips range from a relaxed scenic ride for approximately one hour with stunning views to a full-on cattle herding ride in the early morning and late afternoon. Alternatively, cross-country outings and outrides with overnight camping can be arranged.
Enjoy the thrill of grade 3 and grade 4 white water rafting all year around, without having to wait for the seasonal rains! The Ash river just outside Clarens in the Eastern Free State is fed by the Trans Caledon Transfer Tunnel, which pumps water from the Katse dam high up in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho.
Game Drives and Hiking
Revel in the abundant beauty of the rolling hills as you embark on a variety of game-viewing adventures, ranging from a hike with an overnight stay at a hiking hut to guided game drives, where you can sip on a luxurious sundowner as you gaze over the herds of wild animals.
The Eastern Free State is a rural province of wide horizons and blue skies, with farmland, mountains, goldfields, widely dispersed towns and “must see” attractions. This tranquil land of the windmill is famous for its warm South African hospitality and a mix of culture, which is clearly evident in street names, public buildings, monuments and museums. Dressed sandstone buildings abound the highlands, while beautifully decorated Sotho houses dot the grasslands. Some of South Africa's most valued San (Bushman) rock art is found in the Free State.
Various retreats offering many forms of tourist activities such as 4x4 trails, quad biking, mountaineering, fishing, game drives and hiking lie on the outskirts of Bethlehem.
Art Galleries with modern, stylish and trendy ambiences showcases artwork by leading and emerging artists from across South Africa. These galleries house fine collections of paintings, ceramics, functional art, sculptures and photography. Come and immerse yourself in the world of South African contemporary art.
Basotho Cultural Village
A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village which nestles at the foot of huge sandstone mountains will give you a deeper insight into the lifestyle of the South Sotho from the 16th century to the picturesque present.
Situated in the heart of the tranquil farming community of Bethlehem and is nestled in the foothills of the historically-rich Rooiberg Mountain, this beautiful 26,000 sq m shopping centre is set in the picturesque north-eastern Free State town, situated on the Liebenbergs river along a fertile valley just south of the Rooiberg Mountains on the N5 road.
The shopping centre has been designed for a smooth flow of pedestrian traffic, allowing its visitors to move through the mall with ease. You are now afforded a diverse one-stop shopping experience complimented by anchor retailers including Checkers, Pick n Pay, Game, Edgars, Foschini and Truworths. A further attraction is the variety of food tenants to suit any palate.