The little town of Clarens and the surrounding area is well worth a visit. We visited in winter (July) so the nights were cold, but the days were gloriously sunny and warm, with not a cloud in the sky. We met friends there, they were also travelling with kids, so we chose to stay at Kiara Lodge Resort, about 10km outside of Clarens. I must admit it is the first time that we have stayed in a family-type resort and we were a little apprehensive, but… we loved it! The kids had an absolute blast, and happy kids = happy parents. There was a jumping pillow, trampolines, swings, slides, a huge heated indoor swimming pool (including a kiddies pool), a games room (which also brought out the competitive side in the parents), and wide open spaces for the kids to run around. For anyone with kids heading up this way, we would definitely recommend it.
The town of Clarens itself is best suited to adults. There are great shops to wander through as well as lovely coffee shops and restaurants all surrounded by spectacular scenery. The kids quickly bored with wandering the shops, but fortunately there is a large grassy town square where they could let off some energy and run around without us parents having to worry about breakages…
There were a couple of activities for kids – there was an informal horse riding setup (albeit without helmets) which departed from near Mosaic Restaurant, and a couple of the restaurants had jungle gyms (Artist’s Café and Mosaic Pizzeria).
But just outside of Clarens there are plenty of activities for kids. Opposite Kiara Lodge is Di Bus Stop, offering activities such as Go Karts, Quad Bikes, pony rides, fishing, mountain bike trails and more.
In Golden Gate National Park there are some loops you can drive (tar, no 4×4 required) where you have the chance of seeing animals such as Black Wildebeest, Zebra and Bearded Vultures. They are currently (as at July 2019) building a new Dinosaur Centre which will provide information about the dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs which have been found in and around the area – for kids as dinosaur obsessed as ours are, this is sure to be exciting!