South Africa: Clarens (6th to 8th of July 2012)

We did a short trip to Clarens in the hope to see some snow, but alas it was not meant to be. We will be back next year.

Some interesting landscapes on the way to Clarens.

Clarens: Landscapes
Clarens: Landscapes

The one day we took a drive around the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (on and offroad). What beautiful scenery!

Clarens: Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Clarens: Golden Gate Highlands National Park

And of course everyone had to take some pictures ...

Clarens: Taking pictures in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Posing with my beautiful a daughter, who grows taller every day!

Clarens: Posing with Caitlin in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Driving around the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, we came across the Basotho Cultural Village. We think it is worth a visit.

There you can have some traditional beer with the chief and his second in command, and discuss the state of the world. At least that is what I did. Jenny and Caitlin just wanted a sip of beer, which I think Caitlin still regrets.

Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village
Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village
Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village

After chatting to the chief, you can have your fortune foretold by the local medicine man.

Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village

... All of this under the watchful eye of the village lookout.

Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village

Here you can experience the villages as they were originally built and how they changed over time with the Western influences.

Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village
Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village

Jenny just had to model in the latest Basotho fashion.

Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village
Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village

The insides of the modern building are quite colorful and the western influence is clearly visible.

Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village
Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village
Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village

You are also entertained by some local music and dancing.

Clarens: Basotho Cultural Village

We also went to Fouriesburg and stopped at Jen Lee's Country Shop and Bistro. Unfortunately it was not open when we got there.

Fouriesburg: Jen Lee's Country Shop and Bistro

At the bistro there was an old Ford Mercury. The sign next to it read: "Ek is in my moer in gery. Nou geniet ek die rus wat ek nooit gehad het nie. Pensioen was nooit vir my belangrik nie. Nou moet ek hier in die son staan en my aftrede deur brand. Ek vra nou asseblief moet my nie miskyk of jammer kry nie. Laat dit net vir jou 'n les wee. Maak voorsiening vir jou ou dag."

Fouriesburg: Jen Lee's Country Shop and Bistro
Fouriesburg: Jen Lee's Country Shop and Bistro

Caitlin just had to try out the scooter ... but I think there no chance it will every run again ...

Fouriesburg: Jen Lee's Country Shop and Bistro

Even though we did not get to experience the snow, it was still bloody cold. Even the trees had jerseys on!

Clarens is a lovely little town with lots of restaurants (with good food), little shops, and art galleries. We can really recommend a vist,

Clarens: Caitlin and the jersey trees