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  • Comfortable self-catering apartments decorated with the works of local artists
  • Warm and knowledgeable owner will help you get the most out of the area
  • Artsy town and beautiful mountain surrounds to explore

Clarens Eddies

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Clarens


-28.5181, 28.4184


Offering well-equipped self-catering accommodation at affordable rates, Clarens Eddies allows guests to experience everything that the quaint town of Clarens, as well as the picture pretty mountainous surrounds, have to offer.

Clarens Eddies is centrally located within an easy stroll of the town centre, which has become a popular tourist destination thanks to its art galleries, shops and charming eateries. The guest house also allows visitors to enjoy wonderful views of the Maluti and Red mountains, and owner Dawn Trevelyan is happy to lead guests on fascinating guided walks through this beautiful landscape, free of charge.

Accommodation is provided in a diverse range of well-appointed apartments, sleeping everyone from couples to groups of up to seventeen people. All apartments come with either kitchenettes or kitchens, along with dining and sitting areas, and patios where braais can be enjoyed while looking out onto the mountains. Other useful amenities include electric blankets, heaters, free uncapped wireless internet and satellite televisions. 

The smallest apartments, Ann and Ada, each offer 2 single beds or a King size bed (184cm), while the slightly larger Santa has 2 single beds or a King size bed (184cm) and the bonus of a fireplace to cuddle up to during the cold highland winters. Sleeping four guests in 2 single beds or a King size bed (184cm) and 2 single bunk beds, June is a spacious abode (also with a fireplace) and a good option for couples with two kids. All four of these apartments have bathrooms with a shower. 

A much larger apartment, Anki sleeps seven guests and is a perfect gathering place for all members of the family. It has three bedrooms, two each with 2 single beds or a King size bed (184cm), and one bedroom with 2 single bunk beds. The open-plan lounge and dining area is warmed by a fireplace and is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate all guests, and there are two bathrooms, one with a bath, shower and separate toilet, and the other with a shower and toilet. 

While respecting the privacy of her guests, Dawn always make sure that the accommodation maintains high standards and that service is available at any time, day or night. She and her team are also very helpful in connecting guests with the variety of attractions around Clarens, and a long list of things to do is provided in the rooms.

On the informative mountain walks, a variety of wildlife, plants and breath-taking views will be encountered, while guests can also go for a swim in the dam at the Clarens Village Nature Reserve. The guest house is only a few minutes’ walk from the charming town centre, where visitors can immerse themselves in the arty culture of Clarens and settle down for a meal at one of the restaurants.

Nearby activities such as fly fishing, white water rafting, golf, hot air ballooning and quad biking should satisfy a thirst for adventure. To make a stay even for memorable, guests can easily embark on day trips to the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains or the Golden Gate National Park.

Rates & Summary

Ann Apartment

Sleeps 2 in King/twin beds
Bathroom with shower
Kitchenette, seating area and dining table
Patio with braai area and mountain views

Ada Apartment

Sleeps 2 in King/twin beds
Bathroom with shower
Kitchenette, seating area and dining table
Patio with braai area and mountain views

Santa Apartment

Sleeps 2 in King/twin beds
Bathroom with shower
Kitchenette, seating area and dining table
Patio with braai area and mountain views

June Apartment

Sleeps 4 in King/twin beds and twin bunk beds
Bathroom with shower
Kitchen, seating area and dining table
Patio with braai area and mountain views

Anki Apartment

Sleeps 7 in two King/twin bedrooms and twin bunk bedroom
1 bathroom with bath and shower
1 bathroom with shower
Open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room
Patio with braai area and mountain views


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Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the heart of Clarens, Clarens Eddies offers accommodation in five self-catering apartments of various sizes, all of which showcase beautiful views of the mountains surrounding the town. In keeping with the arty creativity of Clarens, the homely self-catering apartments are decorated with the works of local artists. Guests will be treated to the warmest hospitality, and when the owner is in, she will personally take you for free guided mountain walks.


  • Comfortable self-catering apartments decorated with the works of local artists
  • Warm and knowledgeable owner will help you get the most out of the area
  • Artsy town and beautiful mountain surrounds to explore

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, fly-fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming in the dam
  • Guided mountain walks
  • Nearby: fly-fishing, horse riding, quad biking, golf course, Golden Gate National Park, Drakensberg Mountains, art galleries.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Dining table
  • Heater included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Thabo Mofutsanyana

Free State


The northern and eastern sections of the Free State, commonly referred to as the “eastern Free State”, nudge up against the borders of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Kingdom of Lesotho. Officially the region is called Thabo Mofutsanayana.  Mofutsanyana, born in QwaQwa, was a leading light of both the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party until his death in 1995.

Geographically, this region bucks a trend. While most of the Free State is flat, the eastern reaches tower up as the Drakensberg and the Malotis come into play. The landscape climbs and soars, leaving impressive cliffs and buttresses of sandstone, and hidden caves in its wake.

Nowhere is the scene more striking that at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park near the village of Clarens. The maze of sculptured rock formations here is almost too much to absorb.  Sunset colours the cliffs in shades of ochre, hence the reference to gold in the name of the park.

These higher altitudes, of course, do wonders for the eastern Free State air, which is crisp, clean and bracing, conducive to a feeling of good health.

Clarens is one of the villages that lie in the foothills of the Malotis. With its mountainous surrounds, it is said to be reminiscent of the Swiss village of Clarens, where President Paul Kruger lived out his exile.

A town of sandstone buildings set amidst farmland, it has undergone something of a reincarnation in recent years as an artists’ colony. Just three hours or so from Gauteng’s big cities, weekenders come down to roam its galleries and craft shops.

The principal town in this region is Bethlehem. Once again sandstone buildings are characteristic of the town, which is the centre of a farming community that produces the lion’s share of South Africa’s wheat crop.

It has both built and natural attractions, including a flat-water slalom course for canoeists on the Ash River. Bethlehem is also the location of an annual national hot-air balloon championship.

Also set against an imposing Maloti backdrop is Ficksburg, renowned for its annual Cherry Festival in summer. A gateway to Lesotho and its Katse Dam, the town’s environs offer much in the way of adventure activity, such as 4x4 trails, quad-biking, abseiling, trout-fishing and game-viewing.

Other Thabo Mofutsanyane towns are Arlington, Clocolan, Fouriesburg, Harrismith, Kestell, Lindley, Marquard, Memel, Paul Roux, Petrus Steyn, Phuthaditjhaba, Reitz, Rosendal, Senekal, Vrede and Warden.

Look out for

Golden Gate Highlands National Park – This park is a theatre of natural, towering sandstone formations, named “golden” for their colour at sunset.  At that time of day, the best place to appreciate the beauty is the highest point in the park, Ribbokkop.  The former QwaQwa National Park was incorporated into Golden Gate in 2005.  Horseriding is a popular outdoor pursuit in the park, which is valued for its plant, animal and bird life.  A number of accommodation options are available.

Basotho Cultural Village –  South Sotho architecture, arts and crafts, herbal medicinal remedies and cuisine can be explored at the Basotho Cultural Village near Phuthaditjhaba.  Song and dance folklore shows can also be enjoyed.

The Sentinel – Also near Phuthaditjhaba, it is the access point for a series of trails that lead hikers to the rear of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and some of the country’s most magnificent scenery.  Geographical features to view are The Sentinel, Devil’s Tooth, the Eastern Buttress and the Tugela Falls.

Discovering cherries, Ficksburg  - The annual Cherry Festival in Ficksburg takes place in November.  It is a three-day event that attracts thousands and entertains with fun activities such as horse- and camel-rides.  Cherry farm tours, however, take place throughout the cherry season, which is in October and November.  Locally made cherry liqueurs, brandies and schnapps should be tasted to complete the experience.

Clarens – A host of things to do and see in Clarens includes the Artist Amble, a route of galleries open to the public; rock art on Schaapplaats Farm; sandstone formations such as Mushroom Rock and Titanic Rock; dinosaur fossils at Sue’s Zoo; fly-fishing as well as bass- and river-fishing; hiking and horse-riding.

Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith – The third largest dam in South Africa, the Sterkfontein Dam is a popular venue for water sports and angling.  Predating the Lesotho Highlands project, the water that fills the dam is pumped up from KwaZulu-Natal.  It is then released into the Wilge River, from where it flows into the Vaal Dam.    The Sterkfontein Dam’s banks are surrounded by a nature reserve where strange rock formations are just as interesting to view as buck and raptors.  Camping and chalet accommodation is available, as well as hiking trails.

Salpeterkrans – At Fouriesburg you will find Salpeterkrans, one of the largest sandstone overhangs in the southern hemisphere, shaped by wind erosion.  It not surprising that it is considered a sacred site where ancestral worship and fertility rites take place.

Rosendal – like the town of Clarens, Rosendal is known for its arty vibe. There are numerous art galleries in and around town, as well as quaint shops and restaurants. The Meerkatkolonie Art Gallery is a must. Rosendal is a popular weekend getaway destination for those who live in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

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