“To Travel is To Live.”
I couldn’t agree with that statement more. There is nothing more freeing than escaping your life for a few days to see new things. Seeing more of South Africa has become a bit of a mission for me. As much as I would love to travel overseas, it just isn’t realistic right now. I live in such an incredibly beautiful country and I have barely seen any of it, and so it has become one of my missions for the year.
S and I have never taken a trip alone together, in 10 years we have always traveled with friends and family. Our first stop for the year was for our 10 year anniversary and I chose a place I have been DYING to go to. Omega Mountain Retreat in Clarens. Clarens in a small town just three and a half hours out of Johannesburg, and is found in the Free State Province. I found the perfect description on Clarens over on the Omega Mountain Retreat website:
“The village of Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Clarens is an Artists haven with many well-known artists either living in or frequenting the village on a regular basis with many art galleries and restaurants scattered around the village square. The tranquil village ambiance combine with scenic views and a mild climate makes for the ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban.
The village has become know as the “Jewel of the Free State” – rich in beauty, with an aura of peace and tranquility. Clarens is endowed with more trees than most other Free State towns – the fresh, light green willows and colourful blossoms of the many fruit trees are unforgettable sight in spring time; whilst the magnificent autumn shades of the Lombard poplars attract artists, photographers and nature lovers. The town is known for the many art galleries and craft shops that offer the visitor a wide range of curios and original artwork. Another feature, which adds to the picturesque atmosphere of the village, is the many sandstone buildings.”
Our little cabin was just 17kms outside of Clarens and the excitement was so real. I couldn’t wait to get away from the hustle and bustle of Joburg. As you approach the farm, you are welcomed by a dirt road, LOL something S and I didn’t think of when driving off in our low-profile sports car but my black beauty made it through the dirt road and little hill, although I would recommend you take a vehicle that can REALLY handle the dirt road. There are four cabins on the property, 2 luxury and 2 deluxe cabins. We stayed in the yellow luxury cabin. The cabin was absolutely perfect, we had our very own private Jacuzzi, a fire place, a massive bed and the most spectacular view. The cabin is self catering and their is no restaurant on the property, Omega does supply you with a braai, so make sure to pack food unless you plan to eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Linen, towels, blankets and toilet paper is also supplied. Omega Mountain Retreat was everything I expected and more. Waking up to the sound of birds chirping and cows mooing (which I NEVER expected to be therapeutic but it was), watching an unbelievable sunrise from the cabin deck – AH HEAVEN! It honestly is the perfect romantic getaway. S and I had the most amazing stay and on our last day we had wished we had stayed one day longer. If you haven’t been and are looking for a place to explore for a few days then I truly recommend checking Clarens and Omega Mountain Retreat out.
I put together a mini Vlog of our trip to Clarens and stay at Omega Mountain Retreat. I hope you guys enjoy it.
And remember, if we were meant to stay in one place we would have roots not feet.
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