Clarens is a small town situated in the Thabo Mofutsanyana region of the Free State Province. It was founded in 1912 in the Maluti Mountains and shares the name of the town in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days. Clarens is a farming and art community surrounded by beautiful nature and interesting rock formations made of sandstone.
Clarens offers tourists many outdoor and nature inspired activities. The Qwa-Qwa National Park is a definite must-see for all tourists visiting the area. In 2005 this park was incorporated into an enlarged Golden Gate Highlands National Park.