Horses, furry hats and party folk at Claren’s Centenary Celebrations

By November 9, 2012Fujifilm X-Pro1, RTW, Travel
Clarens South Africa in the sunshine

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! girls having fun in clarens south africaSchool’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.

scenic mountain village clarensStorybook idyllic, the village of Clarens is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges.

men on horses clarens

men with horses clarens

man and horse clarens

young girl on a horse during the parade clarensThe horse commando comes riding into town

smiles abound ladies clarensSmiles abound in town

lady with child party clarens south africaThe township of Kgubetswana next door joined in the celebrations

cool dude clarens

child with paper gun

concert kgubetswanaThere 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.