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Arts and Crafts, Phuthatijaba, Drakensberg, Eastern Free State.

Phuthatijaba. This small town, which used toi be called Witsieshoek, was the capital of the semi-autonomous homeland of QuaQua and is worth visiting for a shopping spree of note – or just some fascinating browsing. Mohair and karakul carpets and wall hangings, hand-painted ceramics, basketware, cane furniture, copper, brass and glassware are all skilfully crafted and sold on the outskirts of town.

Clarens, on the other side of the Golden Gate National Park from Phuthatijaba, is another of those little country towns that have been overtaken by arts and crafts dealers. If you look carefully one can still find authentic country stores, some of which offer fascinating goods at a bargain. Most of the buildings have been built from the golden coloured sandstone that glows in the morning or evening light. An interesting detour can be made to Cinderella’s Castle, which is built entirely of bottles. Attractive guest houses and good restaurants are part of the Clarens package so it is a comfortable place to stay.

Travel south on the R57 to Phuthatijaba from Kestell, which is on the N5 west of Harrismith, which is at the intersection of the N5 with the N3. AIArts

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