This weekend, we took a road trip to Clarens in the Free State, for the Clarens Craft Beer Festival.
Our first proper stop along the N3 was the town of Harrismith, where we stocked up on camping and food supplies, and took some photographs of statues and monuments around the historic town square.
After diverting off the N3, and making full use of Nkomo’s newly installed sound system, we drove through the Golden Gate National Park. This drive-in was perfectly timed, as the appropriately golden light of sunset lit up the impressive sandstone mountain range.
For the rest of the weekend, Bokpoort Holiday Farm was our base, and on Saturday we headed into Clarens for the festival. With almost 100 beers on offer, there was an overwhelming variety of stouts, ales, bitters and weiss beer, with everyone eventually gravitating towards their favourites over the course of the day.
We took a break to enjoy lunch in the town at Roter Hahn, and although things might have got slightly blurry towards the end of the day, we were still on our feet to appreciate the last band, Rooibaard, and energetic enough to appreciate the scenery once again on our way back home the next day.
It’s a trip we’ll definitely be organising for next year, so be sure to join us for a repeat in 2013.
*All photos by Jenna van Schoor