Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

Hiking in Clarens: a spirited stay at St Fort Country House

Vibrant Clarens

Have you ever visited the charming town of Clarens? If not, you’re missing out on a place that is a true gem. When I think of Clarens, the first thing that comes to mind is its vibrant spirit. It’s a town that exudes energy and enthusiasm, making it the perfect destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers like you and me.

One of the highlights of any trip to Clarens is the opportunity to go hiking in the surrounding countryside. The landscape is simply breathtaking, with its majestic mountains, rolling hills, and lush valleys. The air is so crisp and pure, you can’t help but feel invigorated as you take in the natural beauty around you.

One of the best places to stay while exploring the hiking trails in Clarens is St Fort Country House. Just imagine waking up to the sound of birds chirping, stepping outside to feel the cool breeze on your face, and knowing that you have a day full of adventure ahead of you.

St Fort Country House

St Fort Country House is a truly special place. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel a sense of tranquility and peace wash over you. The house itself is steeped in history and charm, with its old-world architecture and elegant furnishings. It’s the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication.

But it’s not just the house that makes St Fort Country House so memorable. The surrounding gardens are an absolute delight, with their colorful flowers, shady trees, and peaceful corners where you can sit and reflect. And let’s not forget about the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside!

St Fort Country House is also ideally located for exploring the hiking trails in the area. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, there are trails to suit all levels of experience. From gentle walks through meadows and woodlands to more challenging hikes up steep mountains, you’ll find something that suits your taste and fitness level.

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A Spirited Adventure

So why not embark on a spirited adventure and experience the magic of hiking in Clarens? Immerse yourself in nature, challenge yourself physically, and discover the hidden beauty of this incredible landscape. And at the end of the day, you can return to the comfort and warmth of St Fort Country House, where you can relax, unwind, and recharge for another day of exploration.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your stay at St Fort Country House today and get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget!

Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride

Hey there! Can I tell you about this incredible place called St Fort Country House? It’s a really old house made of sandstone that has been around since 1913. The house is located on a beautiful piece of land in the Free State, right under the stunning Maluti Mountains. And get this, it’s only 5 kilometers away from an artsy little village!

Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride

Ah, the old farmhouse. It’s a charming place, full of history and character. When you step inside, you’re greeted by antique furniture, vintage black and white photographs, and worn wooden floors. It’s like taking a step back in time. But don’t worry, despite its old-fashioned charm, this place still has all the modern comforts you could want. You can enjoy your favorite shows on DStv and stay cozy with electric blankets.

Now, let’s talk about the layout. This farmhouse has five bedrooms, which means there’s plenty of space for you and your loved ones. You can rent the whole house and have it all to yourself. Or, if you prefer a bit more privacy, you can divide the farmhouse into two separate sections. Just close some doors, and you’ll have your own private self-catering area complete with a kitchen and a fireplace. How cool is that?

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But wait, there’s more! Right next to the farmhouse, there’s a charming garden cottage. This little gem is perfect for couples looking for a more secluded getaway. It’s a cozy and intimate space where you can relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride

Wow, check out this awesome picture I found! It’s the main farmhouse at St Fort Country House.

Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride

Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride

Next to the charming cottage is nestled.

Now, let me tell you about the trails. There are four of them, and each one is clearly marked and easy to follow. These trails will take you through the sandstone hills that surround the enchanting country house. They vary in terms of difficulty, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the trails, called the “Mushroom Hike,” is a beautiful and short walk. You’ll pass by fields of mielies, walk along a river filled with willow trees, and then make your way up gravel paths and a ladder to a scenic rock formation called the Mushroom. It’s quite a sight!

Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
However, if you’re up for a truly remarkable adventure, I recommend the two-day 16.5-kilometer “Cannibal Trail.” This trail will take you through the magnificent Witteberg and Rooiberg Mountains. On the first night, you’ll stay in dormitories, and on the second night, you’ll spend the night in a large cave. Along the way, you’ll also have the opportunity to see ancient rock art. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure, I’ve got just the thing for you! The Cannibal Trail is a popular hike that offers stunning views and a fascinating history. Legend has it that the trail got its chilling name from stories of cannibals that circulated in the 1800s. But don’t worry, there’s no need to bring a sword and shield – it’s perfectly safe now.

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When you embark on the Cannibal Trail, make sure to pack some essentials. You’ll need food to keep you energized and a cozy sleeping bag for a good night’s rest. Don’t worry about firewood, it’s provided at both campsites along the trail. With all these preparations taken care of, you can focus on enjoying the journey.

The trail itself offers a range of difficulty levels, from easy to moderate. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just starting out, there’s a route for you. And the best time to visit is between September and April, when the temperatures are mild and pleasant.

If you prefer a bit more comfort, you can even arrange for porters to carry your gear for an extra fee. This way, you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the trail without being weighed down by a heavy pack.

So, if you’re up for a thrilling adventure surrounded by stunning nature and intriguing history, the Cannibal Trail is waiting for you. Get ready to embark on a journey you’ll never forget!

Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride
Hiking in Clarens a spirited stay at St Fort Country House MzansiBride

This article was originally published in the September 2015 edition of Getaway magazine. Discover three more amazing and budget-friendly getaways that provide access to a variety of breathtaking hiking trails in our September 2015 issue.

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