Guided Hiking Tours around Clarens and Golden Gate

One or more of these hikes can be included into our Guided Half & Full Day Tours around Clarens & Golden Gate.

For the fit and adventurous lovers of the outdoors we can recommend any one of these hikes.

Our guides are ready to show you more of the beauty that surrounds Clarens.


Grade 1 – Very easy (e.g. half-day gentle level walks)
Grade 2 – Easy (e.g. half / full day walks)
Grade 3 – Moderate (physical fitness advisable; half & full day walks and moderately steep walks)
Grade 4 – Strenuous (physical fitness essential; e.g. longer & steeper backpacking trips)
Grade 5 – Very strenuous (requires a high degree of fitness; e.g. backpacking expeditions)

Clarens & Golden Gate Full Day Hikes:

Meirings Kloof, Fouriesburg: (Grade 2 – easy) Visit a dam & historic Boer caves. Requires a trip by bus.

 Mount Horeb Smiley Face & Peak: (Grade 3 – Moderate/full day). All day walk.  Have you visited the Smiley face on Mt Horeb yet?  Or perhaps you are more adventurous and want to see the unparalleled 360 view from the very top .

Cannibal Cave Hike: (Grade 3 – moderate) Astonishing hike that takes you into a by-gone era, when a clan of cannibals called these mountains home. A 10 km round trip makes for quite a challenging day hike or a fairly easy 2 day overnight hike.

 Sentinel Chain Ladder Tugela Falls Hike from Sentinel Carpark: (Grade 5 – very strenuous) High level of fitness required.  Leave Clarens at 6am in bus.  Drive to the Sentinel Carpark.  Walk to the Chain Ladder & up to the Amphitheatre Escarpment & the Tugela Waterfall, 2nd highest in the world.  Then back down the Chain Ladder.  Return to Clarens at about 4pm.

Golden Gate & Clarens Half Day Hikes (Permit Required):

Golden Gate National Park has various Hikes:  Discover the secrets of:

  • Eco Ravine (Grade 2 – easy)
  • Cathedral Cave (Grade 2 – easy)
  • Holkrans Loop (Grade 2 – easy)
  • Cleopatra’s Pools (Grade 3 – moderate/challenging)
  • The Cave Walk (Grade 3 – moderate)
  • Mushroom Rock Hike (Grade 3 – moderate/challenging)
  • Titanic Cave (Grade 2 – easy)
  • Bushman’s Gorge Walk (Grade 2 – easy/moderate)

Half Day Hikes around Clarens:

Various Farm Heritage Site Rock Art (Grade 2 – easy)

Various hikes in the Conservancy Hills behind Clarens (permit required).

Farm Cave Hike, Flyfishing & Afternoon Braai: Enjoy the peace & quiet & beauty of a local sheep farm.   Join our guiding team on a hike up to a cave (1.5 hours return, Grade 3 moderate – steep climb).  Bentley the farm dog will probably go with you.  Fly fish in the river & dam (recently stocked so may not be ready to fish).  Relax under the willow trees and finish the day with a braai.  The champagne, meat, side salads, charcoal and cutlery, plates and glasses are provided and included in the tour cost.  Guests are welcome to request the driver to make a quick stop by the local bottle store if anyone wishes to purchase their own drinks etc.  This is the ideal break away from the big city.