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Clarens San Traverse Slackpack

3 Day / 3 Night Slackpacking hike - Clarens, Free State

The Clarens San Traverse is a 3-day slackpacker offering the unique combination of high berg wilderness and cultural treasures. The area is famous for its landmark San paintings, well-preserved dinosaur fossils, fine restaurants, quirky art cafes and intriguing African folk lore tales.

Our charismatic guide will lead you safely from one destination to the next whilst sharing his unique perspective on ancient culture and the stories of the people who once inhabited this valley.

Staying in charming country houses just outside of Clarens, you will enjoy fine local ?boerekos? meals, served with warm hospitality in the comfort of your lodgings. With transfers and luggage transfers arranged for, all you need to do is wake up and enjoy the golden-lit sandstone trails, so unique to this part of the world

Daily distances and pace are quite manageable, making this an excellent trail for families and persons looking to test-out the trail waters.


Trip Duration Standard Packages: 3 Hike days / 3 Nights - with shorter and longer variations
Daily Distances Day 1: 17 km     Day 2: 14 km     Day 3: 5.5-10 km   
Trail Grading  
Physical Fitness Grade 2-3: some degree of fitness would be beneficial
Technicality Grade 2-3: mostly cleared paths and farmroads. A few sections of off-camber grassy trails and a few steep ascents and descents .
Trail Terrain The terrain varies between well maintained hiking paths, mountain paths, ravine trails and rocky ridges
Accommodation Comfortable farm stays - 3-star equivalent.
Logistic Support This is a fully guided and a partially vehicle supported trail. Transfers will be arranged to collect vehicles from the trail start on day 2. Clients will use their own vehicles to arrive at Clarens, and for the last days circular hike around the town before a restaurant lunch and departure. The trail is fully guided.
Tour Highlights World renowned rock-art sites, country lodges, spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of the Lesotho and Rooi Berge Valley, magnificent sandstone formations, historical village with art cafes, art/craft shops and fine dining
Other Activities Birding, Flyfishing and Wild Flowers, Horse-Riding, Mountain Biking, Art and Crafts, White Water Rafting, Dinosaur trails
Fauna & Flora This highly unique high berg Basotho montane scrubland region boasts a wide selection of special trees and plants. The high grasslands are pocketed with Protea Woodlands and forested ravines are dominated by Leucosidea sericea (ouhout). Autumn is particularly scenic with cosmos fields and the rustic browns and oranges of the Lombardy Poplars. Other seasonal flower surprises include Aloe ecklonis, Leonotis leonurus (Wild dagga), Gladiolus, Watsonia, Candelabra Flowers, Red Hot Pokers and Ericas. Good chance of seeing ungulates ? oribi, reedbuck, Grey duiker, Rhebok and Eland. Other mammals include jackal, porcupine, serval, rock dassie and mongoose.

Climate The relative altitude has a moderating effect on summer temperature with day time temperatures seldom exceeding 30 degrees C. Summer nights can be cool > 15 degrees C. The rainy season is in Summer ( November to February)

Winter days are warm and dry, often above 20 degree C with night temperatures 1-10 Degrees C. Occasionally there is a small scattering of snow in surrounding higher altitude areas

Seasonality & Best Time Year All year round. In late Spring and Summer, light mist and drizzle is to be expected. Whilst days are shorter in winter because the weather is more stable and pleasantly warm. Spring and Summer are the best months for wild flowers. March?May and Sept?Nov are particularly good months for hiking. No scheduled hikes are planned in the winter months when they burn the grasslands (June to August)

Group Size Preferred minimum of 2 persons & maximum 12-14 for a single group.
Price / PP Price varies based on group size, but indicative price on a full group (10-12 persons):R4500/pp

Price Includes
  • 3 Nights Accommodation(per person sharing basis)
  • All Meals: 3 packed/picnic/restaurant lunches for the hike days and 3 dinners and breakfasts at the accommodation
  • Hiking Guide -a qualified nature guide to explore the fauna and fauna with you on the trail
  • Trail & Reserve permits
  • Hiking Permits and land permissions for the 3 hike day
  • 10% donation to local conservation projects