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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. EXPECT THE EXTRAORDINARY. Clarens Xtreme is the Great Adventure People. We are a team of energetic adventurers seeking to experience the real world with a grassroots approach to adventure and team building. We create amazing adventures that are meaningful and memorable. And we invite you to join us on the path less traveled and experience something extraordinary. How did it all start? With a very inspired young man named Oliver Esplin. After returning from a working holiday to England in 1997, Oliver was driven to share his passion and vision about experiencing adventures in an authentic and sustainable manner with others. As a policeman at that stage he did not have any funds to start up an adventure company or money to go on adventures, so he made use of his experience from his youth to take people on adventures that got the hearts pumping with adrenalin. In 2005 with enough money saved up to buy one small raft for river rafting and using his bakkie Clarens Xtreme was born. Clarens Xtreme started to operate in summer and closed down in winters were Oliver went to work at the Afri-Ski resort in Lesotho. With his passion for people, Oliver soon realized the demand for more adventurous activities for people and what started off as a one-man show has grown to become one of the best adventure companies in the Eastern Free State. Today Clarens Xtreme offers a lot of different group experiences. The choices are vast – from a variety of adventure sports, game drives, cultural tours to family vacations and unique custom build expeditions to places you have never even imagined, there is an adventure for everyone. If you share a lust of life and have an insatiable curiosity about truly experiencing the country we live in, then join us and embark on a quest for the extraordinary. Our passion for people, adventure and culture drive us to uphold our motto “Carpe Diem” (seize the day).
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There are certain age restrictions on some activities so please check with us first.
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An activity for the thrill seeker! Abseiling has become an activity in its own right. It is the method climbers use to get off a mountain – or special forces use to descend buildings into enemy territory in adventure movies – but it’s fun, and so it’s become available as an adventure sport.
Our abseil experience at Swartland, a 50m high sandstone rock face overlooking our picturesque town Clarens, has an easy hike up the back of the cliff and a vertical drop at the front, it offers breathtaking views which ads spice to this adrenalin packed experience.
Anybody who can fit into a rock climbing harness can do abseiling. You don’t need strength to hold your weight – our experienced guide will show you an easy technique that acquires very little strength. The guide also has control over your descent to make sure you are safe. Thus no experience required Abseiling can also be incorporated into your team building or school groups events.
Most probably one of the oldest weapons and oldest sports challenge around which has kept man and foe in competition for centuries. With the ever-changing technology, man has always kept improving equipment to be at their best performance for their needs. Clarens Xtreme archery range at our new adventure park only uses the latest and the best equipment. The “Mathews Genesis” single cam compound bow has a draw weight between 10 and 20 pounds thus making one bow usable for adults and kids. The challenge of hitting the bull is something that kept on driving man in many sports. “Come and put your skill to test with CX”
Fertility caves (half day)
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 the 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)
“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 life in simplicity with no electricity. Drink some “Motoho” or taste some of the best homemade bread “Madombolo”
Remember your passport.
Katse Dam (Full day)
This centerpiece of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (dam wall) is a fine piece of engineering. The flooded valleys of the dam extend for 45km and the dam wall is 185m high. The surrounding scenery is magnificent.
Remember your passport.
“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 minibus shuttle to the ski resort leaves 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 to save there and back with our full-time 4×4 minibus 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 there 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, snowboard park, restaurant and pub for the after ski party.
For those who have their own enduro motorbikes but don’t have the venue to ride, we offer guided out rides from Clarens for a full day or half day. The riding is intermediate to advanced, mainly rocky. Just like Lesotho Riding!!! Full and half day guided rides have a base fee which includes the first three riders and then an amount per person thereafter. There is, unfortunately, no self-ride option as everything is private property. Get your riding mates together and let us arrange your whole weekend in Clarens area or even a trip into Lesotho. We have a variety of package deals available. Grip and Whip…
Keep your eye on the events calendar for our annual Festival of Dirt!
Clarens has a variety of mountain biking trails, the trick, of course, is to know where to go and where not to go. At Clarens Xtreme, we are a keen cyclist and have basically pedaled any possible track in and around Clarens. Below we have listed some of our easily accessible route options to go cycle, even at Fouriesburg because they got some amazing trails worth the drive.
To start you need a map, so come to our office bring your smartphone along and come take a picture of it or purchase a map for R20 (unfortunately we have no marked trails)
If you want to cycle in our village conservancy which trails are part of the well known Ashburton series you have to purchase a “Village Conservancy hiking map” which doubles as your cycling permit.
Village Loop 11km – 25Km
As the name says it is a loop that goes in and around our village ranging from the village dirt road, single track some sandstone ridges and lekker technical down hills. Don’t let the distance fool you if you are tuff do it twice. The trail has been featured in the Tread magazine. Definitely, the best to ride if you don’t have the time or if you are in the mood for a short technical ride
Rebellie Game farm 30km
This trail is taking you 15km out of town 4km tar road and then some gravel road with breathtaking climbs. You double back on the same road to town. This trail is a definite must do, it goes into Rebellie game farm which is amazing. And of course, don’t forget to get to the game farm in the top corner of a mountain means a lot of up hills
On this trail, you will have some 3km tar road to travel before you hit the gravel roads taking you on a 40km loop.
This road is ideal if you want to get time in the saddle without any technical riding. This loop can be extended and one can do almost a 100km of gravel road. When you get the map just ask us for the info on the extension or even buy a village map and on your way back loop into the village loop.
Camelroc Guest Farm near Fouriesburg
This is a genuine MOUNTAIN bike trail. Set out in the Rooiberge of the Eastern Free State, near Fouriesburg. Beautiful and varied single trail purpose-built for authentic mountain biking. Excellent views along most of the trail. This is for the adventurer who wants more than just riding on gravel roads and Jeep tracks. You will not want to ride this exciting trail just once!!!
The MTB route is a new addition at Camelroc Guest Farm and has been laid out in the mountainous region of the Eastern Free State. We have two routes. A 10km figure eight route which is completely on Camelroc Guest Farm. The second route is 30km, with some two short-cuts to reduce the route to 10km’s and 20km’s as well. This route is quite difficult with a very tough climb up to the mountain top. The trail is mostly single track and quite technical. Riders are advised not to ride beyond their capability. If in doubt “get off and push”. The trail has been very well laid out with great variety. Winding through trees, along the Small Caledon river, climbing the mountain, long winding down-hills (after the climb!!) Beautiful views overlooking the Maluti mountains, the two Caledon rivers, rural Lesotho, and viewing Blesbuck. – See more at http://www.camelroc.co.za/adventure.html#3
PS: Don’t forget to stop at our shop for some basic bicycle spares or a minor service for your bike
An exciting and action-packed event for everyone. Players are equipped with special marking guns which fire biodegradable paintballs, accurate to 30 meters. You will need to be quick thinking and resourceful as you attempt to outwit the opposing team.
We offer many different types of games that require stealth strategy and quick thinking. All designed to test your ability to the full in a fun atmosphere. Favorite games like Capture the flag, king of the hill, last man standing and the final FREE for all. Game duration is 1 hour. Age 10 and older. We also offer a V-ball target range with Velcro targets to test your accuracy for ages 6 and older.
Come enjoy a relaxing round of Putt-Putt “CX Style!!!”. We have a 9 hole putt-putt course with various obstacles to challenge your putting. We offer putt-putt for the individuals as well as larger groups. Business 4 ball putt-putt evening also available.
Clarens Xtreme is an adventure based company working from in town. We have a variety of guided quad outrides from 30min, 1hr, and 2hrs. All the rides follow the same route but just turn back sooner and are fully guided(safe and under control riding). Our 2hr quad bike trip is our flagship trip starting from our Adventure Park Base, moving along the outskirts of town, brushing the township toward the foothills of the mountains surrounding Clarens. Our ride has a constant breathtaking view over the town, Golden Gate area and the mighty Maluti Mountains in the backdrop.
We stop for a drink and a bit of historical information of our region at our viewpoint and thereafter return back to base. On the way to our lookout point and back, we encounter various obstacles which are challenging for both man and machine and thus making it more exciting and rewarding than imagined. But never doubt yourself and come and give it a go, our guide will look after you.
For those interested in racing, SORRY no racing allowed:
NO UNDER 14 ALLOWED TO DRIVE THEIR OWN QUAD, CAN ONLY BE A PASSENGER WITH AN ADULT.
NO UNDER 6 ALLOWED ON THE QUAD BIKE RIDE.
Come challenge yourself to climb our 10m or 6 m high outdoor climbing wall. All ages welcome.
White Water Rafting:
Come and enjoy a splash on the Ash. Best white water rafting in South Africa. The Ash river just outside Clarens provides year-round rafting with 9 rapids, scenic vegetation, and outstanding birdlife. White water rafting a great family, friends and corporate adventure from young to old (aged 6 to 106 years). Experienced guides will lead you to downgrade III and IV rapids in the pristine waters.
The action-packed half day rafting includes all the basic equipment needed, transport to and from the river, drinks. Approximate time of the trip, three hours pick up to drop off. Minimum 2 persons
Half Day Trips depart daily 08:45 and 13:45 from our base. Winter trips from 11h00 to 15h00 to make use the warmest part of the day.
We are proud to announce that we have the first ZIP LINES in Clarens. At our Adventure Park in Clarens.
A zip line is the new glorified name for a “Foefie slide”, reason be for the way in which it is built and operated. A zip line is constructed with all equipment being tested and certified according to the international CE standard. Furthermore, structural engineers have to sign off the project to be certified safe.
Come enjoy a fun-filled slide on our modern day foefie slide. There are 4x lines thru the trees across our little valley, a 170m, 162m, 150m, and 148m slide.
Great fun for all ages.