We arrived at village of Clarens to blue skies and gorgeous weather, a stark contrast to wet and soggy Hogsback from whence we came. Coincidentally, also in time for the centenary celebrations of the town. The sleepy mountain retreat was abuzz with activity and it seemed like everybody and his horse had made their way to the town to celebrate, with feathery hats to boot.
School’s out and the party’s on!
Named after Clarens in Switzerland where President Paul Kruger-the face of the Boer resistance against British rule in the Second Boer War spent his last days in exile, the pretty mountain village is surrounded by the Rooiberge Range and the Maluti mountains, and is the gateway to the Golden Gate National Park.
Storybook idyllic, the village of Clarens is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges.
The horse commando comes riding into town
Smiles abound in town
The township of Kgubetswana next door joined in the celebrations
There was a festive spirit all weekend
I left my job as an advertising Creative Director in August 2012 to travel Africa and South America for a year with my wife, documenting these beautiful places with my Fuji X-Pro1. View the rest of my RTW adventures on Handcarry Only and follow me on my journey by subscribing/following/bookmarking.