I’ve never been a real fan of the hype surrounding “New Years” I mean hanging out with a few good friends is great don’t get me wrong.
But more often than not there’s someone passed out before 12am and there’s someone who’s got to clean up the mess the next morning we’ve all been there.
Needless to say when I was tentatively asked “Why don’t you come to Clarens?” over New Year I jumped in on that, almost quite literally.
“Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State”
Sometimes things come together and well sometimes they don’t. Although this time they did.
I just traded in my old car and took delivery of this Toyota Etios Cross on the 31st so what better way to test it out then a rather easy 350km drive into the Free State to Clarens, right?
It’s not the first time I’ve been to Golden Gate or Clarens, in fact I was there about two months ago. It’s HOT, temperamental and has some of the most stunning mountainous driving roads anywhere in the country.
Anyone who has spent more than 2 and a half minutes would know I have this thing for finding any sort of reptile or Amphibian I can so this would be no different.
Here are some of the animals I found and photographed over the three days I was there:
Surprisingly with all the reptile activity even in these relatively quiet roads there are crazy amounts of road-kill. As gruesome as it is, it’s really interesting to see what animals are moving around and even more so what they get up to, sadly before they are killed by a passing car. Here are a few of the snakes that weren’t so lucky, not to mention an Iphone (which is not mine)
Okay, that was fairly gruesome but here’s a live Aroura house snake.
Not everyone’s ideal “New Years” jol there, but then again I’m not all about that life anyway.
Take more photographs.