Protea Hotel Clarens “ a masterpiece in itself “ exudes sheer style, luxury and design that blend in with the natural splendour that has inspired artists, eco lovers and tourists who simply enjoy the art of living to explore this tranquil, magical landscape.
The Protea Hotel Clarens is located in the best kept secret in Free State art and culture circles, the picturesque village of Clarens, framed by majestic mountains and sandstone cliffs. This artists haven is a tapestry steeped in history and rich in legend. This retreat is at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
Blessed with a fine climate, Clarens beckons jaded city dwellers, enthusiasts who want a brush with adventure and art lovers alike to come and relax, in style. Take in the breathtaking scenery with sundowners on Protea Hotel Clarens terrace, enjoy fine dining or laze away the hours in luxury and comfort. This sanctuary embodies state-of-the-art excellence and service.
The towns Artist Amble takes one to art galleries with traditional craft, African rugs, ethnic art, curios, pottery, handmade knives and original leatherwork. And further afield there are San paintings, dinosaur trails, sandstone caves, game viewing, trout fishing, historic war sites, golf, rock climbing, horse-riding and hiking. These are the broad strokes on the canvas that is Clarens.
And then of course Protea Hotel Clarens takes special pride in its warm hospitality. That completes the picture. So whether you plan a romantic getaway, team-building exercise, business conference or African safari, Protea Hotel Clarens has it all. Expect to be treated like royalty, Protea Hotel Clarens has that down to a fine art, because it believes "home is where the art is".
Accommodation comprises of 70 bedrooms, with the following room configuration:
Standard King bedded rooms - 55 rooms with showers and 1room with separate bath and shower
Deluxe King bedded rooms - 6 Shower only
Superior Deluxe King bedded rooms - 4 en-suite bath and shower
Executive King bedded rooms - 2 shower only
Physical Disabled rooms - 2 shower only
Bushmen Paintings : the only known painting of a dassie on Schaapplaats Farm, a 20min walk from Kiara Lodge
Fertility Caves : This is the biggest overhang in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a spiritual gathering place for various tribes and religions for over 800 years - People go there to pray and the area is considered as one of South Africa?s most sacred places.
Golden Gate 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 & birds. Ribbokkop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening. Definitely a hiker?s paradise!
Mushroom Rock : Situated on the Clifton Farms a mere 3km from Clarens on the Fouriesburg Road
Qwa Qwa National Park and Basotho Cultural Village : The village showcases the traditional Basotho tribe and takes you on a historical journey through the years of the South Sotho tribe. The National Park is mainly a hiker's world, but this park of 22 000 ha not only has a diversity of fauna, but also offers the discerning bird-watcher a rich variety of species. Indigenous fauna adorns the rolling, grassy plains, while Eland, Zebra, black Wildebeest, Blesbuck, red Hartebeest and Springbok go their way undisturbed. The abundance of veld flowers in Spring and Cosmos in Autumn makes a visit more than worthwhile.
Surrender Hill : Surrender Hill is a historical site where more than 4000 Boers, under General Marthinus Prinsloo, surrendered to the British during the Anglo-Boer War. Surrender Hill is a memorial to fallen British soldiers & Boers.
Situated about 10km from Clarens on the Fouriesburg Road.
Titanic Rock : Clarens was incorporated as a town in 1912, the same year that the 'unsinkable' Titanic was launched. Tragically, the Titanic did sink and the event was a major topic of discussion for many months. During this time, a resident of the newly established Clarens, looking north from the little town towards Naauwpoort Nek, saw the prominent rock feature there and suggested that it looked like the Titanic, which is what it has been called ever since. Titanic Rock stands, sentry-like, to welcome and protect all who visit the village.
Ash River Outfall: Forms part of the award-winning Lesotho Highlands Water Project ? that supplies parts of Gauteng with sufficient water and forms part of the Vaal River System. The project also generates hydropower to meet the needs of Lesotho.
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