Outdoors Day at Clarens Xtreme with Clarens Primary Poster Winners

Early on Thursday morning before school had even started, several students having observed the rangers on their patrols quizzed them in order to find out whether the rangers were indeed taking the teams with the winning recycling posters to Clarens Xtreme. The students clearly couldn’t wait for their day away from school. A little while later the rangers, 6 Working on Fire team members and the Working on Fire truck arrived at the gates of Clarens Primary. Within moments the 8 wining students from grade 2 and 5 winners from grade 6 were aboard the truck and on their way.

On arrival at Clarens Xtreme, the students were treated to quad biking, zip-lining and Put-put. Ollie Esplin was kind enough to sponsor the Put-put and zip-lining for all the students, whilst the Clarens Village Conservancy sponsored quad-biking.  Although all of the students seemed to enjoy the quad-biking, one young student could not help but smile broadly for the entire duration of her ride.

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Don’t sit back and wonder what to do this summer. Get off your couch and get ready for the adventure of your life!!

Now I know this may be the adventure of your life - but I don’t actually think it’s mine. I am the extreme wimp; heights and white waters get my adrenaline going just thinking about it - or actually writing about it.

But don’t let that deter you - I have been told that this is one of the most amazing and challenging experiences. And if you are heading for the Eastern Free State this summer then don’t miss out on the white water rafting experience offered by Clarens Xtreme.

White Water Rafting is way more extreme than a dip in the ocean; it is one of the extreme sports just perfect for adrenaline junkies. The inflatable raft will have you rushing along on fast-moving streams, turbulent waters and rapids. One does have to keep a keen eye out for the obvious dangers like capsizing which could cause minor injuries - but then all extreme sports have to be tackled with caution.

 You are going to get very wet (probably from head to toe) so wear suitable clothing; waterproof would be best. Sneakers or tackies are just fine - but have an extra pair to travel home in. No hat needed as you will be supplied with a helmet and if you are bringing a camera - it should be waterproof. Put plenty of water-resistant sunblock on all exposed areas; this is South Africa and the summer sun is dangerous.

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White-water rafting in Clarens in the Free State is a 365-day option. The Ash River just outside this popular tourist town, where the rafting takes place, is fed by water from the Katse Dam in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, ensuring year-round high-water levels.

White-water rafting in Clarens in the Free State is all about crystal waters, adrenaline-pumping rapids and perhaps the most fun you can have on water in a day.

The adventure starts in Clarens, where you meet your guides, before driving 12km out of town to begin the day's (or half-day's, if you prefer) rafting down the Ash River.

And there's 'rapids and rafting for everyone', says Ollie Esplin, owner of Clarens Xtreme, which has been taking visitors down the river since 2005.

'Even if you have never done white-water rafting before, you can do it, and you don’t need to be fit,' he says. 'It's a young river and therefore it's a narrow river, where the current is pushing you the whole time, making it easy to navigate the six- to eight-person rafts we use.'

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Bring over your family and friends to the Clarens Xtreme adventure zone in town for a great time. We are easy to find, 300 m from the main entrance to town. Just look out for the giant CX sign.

We have almost all our adventures on site, as well as a coffee shop, cocktail bar and a cool deck to relax on. Were you wondering what to do in Clarens? Well, come and try one of the following activities – or all. White water rafting, guided quad bike outrides, adrenalin-pumping zip line, abseiling, action-packed paintball, archery, putt putt, a rock climbing wall or MTB rentals – or choose one of our special cultural day tours.

Our white water rafting is the best in SA. The Ash River just outside Clarens runs the whole year round at a high level and offers grade 4 rapids, scenic vegetation and outstanding birdlife.

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Fertility caves (half day) (min 4 pax)

An awe inspiring overhanging sandstone cave where African religious tradition meets up with the modern day religion. Meet the local traditional healers otherwise known as bush doctors. Experience the tradition of peaceful religious living the modern yet old way.

Basotho Cultural village and Golden Gate

Basotho cultural village is where you will experience the tradition of the Basotho nation, from the ancient living till the modern-day. Meet the chief of the village and take a sip from his home brewed beer, and be welcomed to view his village. On the way to and from the cultural village you will drive thru Golden Gate national park where you will be awestruck by the golden beauty of the sandstone cliffs.

Lephofung cave and local village tour (half day) (min 4 pax)

“Liphofung” means “place of the eland,” it was originally a San (Bushmen) shelter, later used by King Moshoeshoe I, founder of the Basotho nation.

Get introduced to the spiral aloe – the national plant of Lesotho Well preserved busmen paintings, and the local village where the people still live a live in simplicity with no electricity. Drink some “Motoho” or taste some of the best home made bread “Madombolo”

Remember your passport.

Ski Tours

“Yes you can ski and snowboard in Africa”. Clarens Xtreme  offers a shuttle service to the Afri Ski resort in Lesotho. With staff who has all the experience needed to advise and guide you around the ski resort and slope. Our mini bus shuttle to the ski resort leave almost every morning 06:30 to the resort and arrives back in Clarens at 20:00 Thus no worries for you to drive the roads in Lesotho or to worry about driving home after the few drinks at the pub after your ski experience. Trust in CX to get you save there and back with our full time 4×4 mini bus equipped with winter snow tyres and chains for the snow conditions and drivers that can do the road with there eyes closed (not that we tried that “driving their with our eyes closed”).

The Afri Ski resort is situated in Lesotho and you do need a passport to cross the border. Clarens is only two hours away from the Ski Resort. Afri Ski has a 1km ski run, snow board park, restaurant and pub for the after ski party.

For more info on the resort visit