Free State (East) – Clarens
About the Birding
The Clarens Village Conservancy, is a registered conservancy established in 2004, with a number of well-maintained walking trails around Clarens from which to bird.
Forested valleys (such as around Clarens Waterfall or the parts of town immediately below the Rooiberge) is good for African Dusky Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Cape Batis, Fork-tailed Drongo, Olive Thrush, and Diederik Cuckoo (summer).
About the Birding Site
Clarens is a scenic small town protected by the Maluti Mountains and overlooks a sweeping valley. Established in 1912, it was named after Clarens, situated between Vevey and Montreux in Switzerland. Birding is very productive in/around town where habitats vary from grasslands, sandstone cliffs, forested valleys, wetlands, gardens as well as dams with associated reedbeds.
Other Related Information
Clarens is situated close to the border with Lesotho, between Golden Gate and Bethlehem, at the junction of the R712 and R711. (-28.510861, 28.424722).
Recommended accommodation nearby:
No Birder Friendly Establishments are currently available in the area. All types of accommodation are available in Clarens.