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About Clarens Inn and Backpackers

Deep in the foothills of the South African Maluti Mountains lies Clarens, a utopian village guarded by the majestic Rooiberge sandstone cliffs. The mountain ranges, which surround this leafy haven, boast incredible rainbowed strata of purples and blues; one of a kind formations that perfectly reflect the bright energy of this beautiful region.

Clarens Inn and Backpackers provides accommodation for adventurers with the first step in the countless journeys of discovery, relaxation and exhilaration which the famed ‘Jewel of the Eastern Free State’ has to offer. From the vibrant hum of the town streets to the stunning views of the Golden Gate National Park, the area surrounding Clarens is always intriguing and exciting.

Whether you desire careering down hair-raising 4x4 trails, traversing the many peaks which highlight the expanse, or simply basking in the glorious climate, then rest assured that the landscape of Clarens is spectacular enough to accommodate all.

There is a shop named Voetstoots, a specialized antique store, situated in town which offers a great variety of unique items. What started as a hobby has blossomed into an incredible range of fascinating original pieces, including all kinds of art, woodwork, glassware and tin.

We have our very own specialized silversmith on the premises, providing visitors the opportunity to order a special jewellery item as reminder of pleasure-filled days in the mountains, while the enticing coffee shop will provide guests with a multitude of nostalgic memories.

Services at the Clarens Inn and Backpackers include laundry, bicycle hire, heated rooms in winter, catering facilities and tour arrangements. Activities nearby include white water rafting, abseiling, horse riding, golf, tennis, zip-line, paintball, pub crawling and live music.


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Clarens Inn and Backpackers

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Peter Bailey
06 August 2018

We enjoyed ourselves.

Deidre Bothma
20 May 2018

Thank you so much for everything, it was amazing...I have one suggestion..The toilets can get doors, the curtains dont cover much.Greetings D

Jenny Barnard
02 May 2018

the only thing i would say is improvement on the ablutions - the one we used had a plastic shower curtain that should have been replaced months ago - otherwise very happy with out stay.

Marian Labuschagne
25 March 2018

Had everything we needed. Reception was friendly and the view spectacular.

Kalum Rahme
04 March 2018

Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Took it upon themselves to move us to another unit due to a loud group being near our original unit. Beautiful property with cool accomodatuon and a very friendly and peaceful atmosphere. Cool.decoration s all over the place.

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Clarens Inn and Backpackers is 2.1km from the centre of Clarens , the nearest airport 141.1km (Moshoeshoe I International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Clarens

Clarens Mountain Biking

(0 km from Clarens)

2 reviews

It is said that Clarens is one of the most beautiful and terrain rich areas in South Africa for the Mountain biking enthusiast. There are guided tours that can be arranged for those who prefer or for those who seek the adventure of it there are...

Spruit Walking Trail

(0 km from Clarens)

1 review

The Spruit Walking Trail is a quick and easy route along a stream and into a ravine. Along the way it passes through a patch of indigenous Oldwood forest and a small poplar and cedar plantation. Duration: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy Distance: 1 km

Outrageous Adventures

(1.2 km from Clarens)

1 review

River rafting, quads and other outrageous activities

Addy Hoyle Art Gallery

(1.4 km from Clarens)

1 review

The Addy & Hoyle Art Gallery is on the square in the middle of the little artists' village of Clarens. This beautiful mountain retreat is rightfully gaining the reputation as an art centre in South Africa. The gallery is the major outlet for local...