As anyone who has  ever stopped over at Cafe Moulin (on the road from Clarens to Golden Gate) knows - Elsa Buys is a great cook, so it shouldn't really be a surprise that she together with Johnny Hamman won the Kyknet Kokkedoor competition. The Kokkedoor competition ran over 13 weeks culminating in a giant midnight feast where the prizewinners were announced. And what a feast it was - just watching it on TV was enough to make your tummy rumble. Congratulations Elsa -  you're simply the best!         Kokkedoor on facebook Kokkedoor website   Clarens news: 4th July
  Yes - you can go skiing in South Africa.  And since Afriski is only a 2 hour drive away (but allow some extra time to get through the border post), Clarens is the perfect base for an awesome skiing holiday. Afriski winter season runs from 6th June to 31 August, and there is a regular shuttle service which runs from Clarens to Afriski.  (See our skiing and snow boarding page.)   Driving in Lesotho: Before you leave: Ensure that you have a valid passport in order to enter Lesotho.   SADC , British, American, and EU citizens do not require a visa but children under the age of 18 need to have a copy of their unabridged birth certificate.     Should you not be carrying a passport from one of these countries please check with the Lesotho embassy. http://www.foreign.gov.ls/services/default.php   Please note that all children under the age of 18 must have an unabridged birth certficate. Ensure you carry a valid driver's licence. Only South African, Swaziland, Botswana or International Drivers licences are acceptable. Ensure that your car's licence disc is up to date and that your car is equipped with two warning triangles. Fire extinguishers are not a legal requirement, but since these have been asked for in the past, we recommend you have one in the car. It is a good idea to have a copy of your car's registration papers with you, to avoid delays at road blocks which check for vehicle theft. Check the weather. Under normal conditions a 4x4 is not needed to get to the resort; although the mountain pass to the resort is steep any car above a 1.4l engine will make it up the pass. This however can all change in the event of natural snowfalls ! Visit the Afriski website for the latest weather, road conditions and snow reports. Roads are generally always cleared and salted immediately by the Letseng Diamond mine as soon as it has stopped snowing. In the event of heavy snow it is best to use a 4x4 vehicle equipped with snow chains. Pack warm clothing, blankets, as well as some food and water, in case of a breakdown.  Parts of Lesotho have no cell-phone signal, so it is best to be prepared for any eventuality. You should also pack the following items to use on the slopes:  -  Appropriate clothing:  Warm socks; thermal underwear; warm shoes with good tread and a second pair of shoes in case your first pair get wet; ski pants (waterproof) to use on the slopes; beanie and scarf.  - Sunglasses or goggles.  You need to protect your eyes rather than run the risk of snow blindness.  - Sunscreen and lip balm.   Just because it's cold does not mean you won't get sunburnt It is not necessary to have ski-ing equipment.  You can hire everything you need at the resort. Cash and Credit cards.  The Lesotho currency comprises of one Loti (plural Maloti) which is divided into 100 lisente (singular sente). The currency is linked to the South African Rand which is also accepted. Mastercard, American Express, Visa and diners club are accepted in the main centres and in most lodges and hotels. Fuel purchases require cash. Banks open at 09h00 and close at 13h00 weekdays and at 11h00 on Saturdays. NB.  You are not allowed to take alcohol into Lesotho.   En route: The border post at Caledonspoort is open from 6h00 to 22h00, every day of the week. A 50 km/h speed limit applies in urban areas while 80 km/h is a maximum speed that can be maintained on all other roads. Check your fuel guage when you get to Butha Buthe.  There is no fuel available at the resort, so make sure you have enough fuel to get there and back. Police road blocks are a common occurrence in Lesotho and there is often a police road block on the outskirts of Butha Buthe on the way to the resort. The roadblocks usually consist of 2 opposing stop signs approx. 100m apart, with the police somewhere in the middle.  Stop at the Stop sign and wait until a police officer waves you through to the middle. (Even if there doesn't appear to be a policeman in sight, stop and wait:  one will eventually appear.) Stop again when you reach the policeman. Please drive cautiously once in Lesotho, the roads are narrow and there are many sheep, donkeys and often also children walking along the road. In particular please be aware of POTHOLES that form during the high rainfall periods in summer.  On getting back: Don't delay your trip home past 15h00.   It is best to avoid driving in Lesotho after dark - much better to leave early and be sure you're back in Clarens in time for dinner.   How to get there: Take the R711 towards Fouriesburg Turn left opposite the entrance to Fouriesburg Clear the border post at Caledonspoort Turn left at Butha Butha (Watch for signs to Afriski) Travel another 75 k to Afriski   &n
  Clarens Accommodation - Clarens and surrounding area Clarens News  offers a wide range of different accommodation options, as well as wedding, conference and function venues in Clarens area. Whether you're into self-catering, a romantic little bed and breakfast for two, or you're looking for somewhere  to host a family get-together you have a wide selection to choose from.  Be warned, however, Clarens is a very popular destination so you need to book early, especially if you're planning to visit over a weekend.Clarens Accommodation types have been grouped under various headings in the table below to make your search easier. Backpackers    Bed & Breakfast Camping/Caravans  Farm Stay    Hotel    Self-catering  Booking Agents   Clarens Accommodation - Golden Gate Highlands National Park Camping/Caravans  Chalets (Hotel)    Farm House  Family Cottages Hotel   Rondawels/Longdawels &n
Clarens Shops  SHOPPING Antiques Art materials Bath accessories Bed linen, throws etc. Beer Books Bread/Baked goods Butchery/Biltong Charcoal/wood/braai Clothing Cosmetics  Cushions (scatter) Decor Delicatessen Fuel Furniture Gifts Groceries  Health & Beauty  Jewellery Kitchen Leatherwork Lighting Made in Clarens Mirrors pots, flowers, topiaries Quilts Shoes Sports goods Table ceramics & glassware Wine   News items: Red Stone Cider - Made in Cla
General: Clarens Power Point Presentation Slides Clarens - (Article by  Izak de Vries September 2014)  (AFRIKAANS) Sentinels of the Veld (Article by Mary Walker) Clouds and Rain (Article by Mary Walker) Christmas trees and snow (Article by Mary Walker)  We'll Always Have Clarens (Story and photographs by Chris Marais) Water - Lesotho Highlands Water Project (Article by Mary Walker) Exotic Vegetation (Article by Mary Walker) Valley of Art (Article by Mary Walker) The Best Day of my Life (Article by Craig Walters)   History: History (Clarens News website - overview and tours) Geskiedenis van Boshoek en Omgewing (Niel van Skalkwyk - Sethuthuthu Tours ) History of Boshoek and surroundings (Niel van Skalkwyk - Sethuthuthu Tours) Die Derde Basoete oorlog en Paul Kruger se aandeel in Clarens. (Niel van Skalkwyk - Sethuthuthu Tours) Clarens History(extract) written for Open Africa by Tina de Beer The British Link (article by Mary Walker) The Battle of Naaupoort Nek (Diaries of a Village Idiot) President Kruger and the history of Clarens War in the Valley (Article by Mary Walker) On coming Home (Article by Mary Walker) Reflections (Article by Mary Walker) Tartan Rainbow (Article by Mary Walker)   Surrounding Area Golden Gate Highlands National Park (Article by Mary Walker) In the Rooiberg  (Article by Mary Walker) Cluny Farm (Article by Mary Walker) Verkykerskop (Article by Toni Walters)   Videos Nature inspiring creativity with  artist Johan Smith A new visitors book for Mount Horeb The 17th annual Clarens Dinosaur Funwun Advertisement (StarSat: Change your view)  SA Tourism: Clarens the Jewel of the Free State(4.10.2012) South Africa - Clarens and Horses MTN Clarens National MTB  The Clarens Experience   Kgubetswana Tavern Tour (2
      Sunnyside Bowling Group.  This is an informal group (no need to dress up in the usual bowling attire) and anyone is welcome to join.  If you would like to join be sure to be there (Sunnyside Guest Farm)  by 9.00 am on Tuesdays.  And don’t be put off if you don’t have a set of bowls – phone Millie on 058 2561312 who has a spare set you could borrow.  It looks like great
  Clay pigeon shooting is offered at the following venues: Bokpoort:   Contact details Rebellie Game Farm:  Contact details   Events 26th September 2014:  Clay pigeon shooting at The Cla
  I'm sure that most Clarenites are totally unaware of the work carried out by the Clarens Village Conservancy in looking after the Clarens environment in general.   Committee members not only keep an eye on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve, and the Clarens Village Recycling Centre, as well as the Working on Fire team, but also keep an eye on developments and planned developments in our area.   Earlier last week committee members Louw van Biljon and Toni B Walters met with Paul Scherzer of  E & D Consulting Services to discuss what environmental and visual impact of the proposed upgrade of the  Clarens Water Treatment works. would have on Clarens.   Click here to learn more about the proposed upgrade of the Clarens Water Treatment upgrade. Click here to find out more about the Clarens Village Conservancy - and show your support by becoming a mem
Extract from South African Reseearch foundation website:  Click here to read the full article Sungazers are a species of girdled lizard endemic to South Africa and their habitat is limited mainly to the highveld grasslands of the Free State. Currently Sungazers are listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and international trade in these animals is limited as they are listed under CITES Appendix II. The common name for the Sungazers refers to the characteristic stance these lizards take when basking in the sun at the entrance to their underground burrows. The Sungazers are also sometimes called Giant Girdled Lizards and are often locally referred to as 'Ouvolk'. Threats Historically Sungazers were common in their natural habitat, but over the last few decades there has been a significant decrease in the numbers of wild Sungazers. This can be attributed to a number of factors. The two most significant threats these lizards face are continued habitat destruction and illegal collection of wild specimens for the pet trade. The Sungazer's natural habitat (highveld grasslands) is unfortunately also very good land for agriculture and as such much of their habitat has been destroyed. Many farming practices have led to the fragmentation of existing populations into smaller isolated groups which are more likely to become locally extinct. The second biggest threat to these lizards is collection for the pet trade market. Most of the Sungazers that are illegally collected in South Africa are smuggled overseas where they are sold privately or at reptile expos as "captive-bred" animals. However, Sungazers are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity and there are only a handful of institutions worldwide that have successfully bred them. As noted by Althea Guinsberg in the most recent Sungazer Regional Studbook, none of the participating institutions have so far achieved bona fide captive breeding. Often cases of 'captive-breeding' occur simply when a female lizard was caught out of the wild in a gravid/pregnant state and then gave birth in captivity. &n
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