Clarens Weddings

By The Celebration Team 29 Jul, 2010

Clarens Weddings

The charming South African village of Clarens is affectionately known by locals and regular visitors as the Jewel of the Eastern Free State. Its precious allure lies in its prime positioning within the undulated hills that lie just below the magnificent Maluti Mountain Range. The views and landscapes are breath-taking in their natural splendour, and it is no wonder that Clarens is the inspirational epicentre for many well-known artists, unable to resist the magical effects of the environment. Being nestled within these foothills means that Clarens enjoys a peaceful serenity all year round, granting brides, grooms and wedding guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate your special day within complete tranquillity.

In addition to its beauty, Clarens is fairly centrally situated. Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein are all between about three and four hours’ drive away. Johannesburg and Durban both have international airports, making this an accessible wedding venue for those guests that will be travelling to the Free State or South Africa to share in your occasion. It is also close enough for guests living in these cities to make a day trip, rather than requiring them to seek accommodation near your wedding venue.

In addition, Clarens is the perfect honeymoon spot, accommodating the newlyweds in style and offering plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. For guests that would prefer to spend more time here after your wedding, they will likewise enjoy the many sights and sounds of this quaint village. The following attractions and activities are advised:

  • The Golden Gate National Park, home to an exciting variety of South African fauna and flora
  • The awesome Lesotho mountains
  • Trout fishing (in fact, Clarens was awarded the Best Trout Fishing Waters in South Africa)
  • Horse riding trails (some of the best in the country)
  • Day spas to ease the nerves of stressed bridal couples and pamper them in style
  • Many arts and crafts shops and stalls scattered throughout the village
  • Galleries showcasing some of the acclaimed artists’ works
  • Titanic Rock
  • The Clarens Museum
  • Mushroom Rock
  • The Ash River Outfall
  • Bird watching at Golden Gate
  • View bushmen paintings within Golden Gate National Park
  • Hiking and walking trails
  • Fly fishing (at either Clifton Farms or Craigrossie)
  • Exploring the stunning Clarens Valley and enjoying a picnic within its lush surrounds
  • Playing tennis, golf, squash or bowls at the different sporting facilities

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