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Free State

Free State

With its wide horizons and blue skies, the Free State, a rural province in South Africa spans over farmlands, mountains, gold mines, and towns. Known for its South African hospitality and mix of cultures throughout the province which can be seen in street names, public buildings, monuments, and museums. 

Tigress Julie Lodge

Tigress Julie Lodge

Eco Karoo lodge

Eco Karoo Lodge

Capital City



Afrikaans | English

Best Time to Travel

December to February

International Airport

Bram Fischer Int. Airport

Why Free State?

Outdoor Activities: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, the Free State offers a range of activities. You can go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, abseiling, and 4x4 off-road adventures at various locations. You can also try water activities like kayaking, fishing, and river cruises.

Culinary Delights: The Free State is known for its agricultural heritage, and you can enjoy fresh produce and farm-to-table dining experiences. Be sure to try traditional South African dishes, as well as local specialties.

Natural Beauty: The Free State is known for its stunning landscapes, including rolling grasslands, picturesque valleys, and the famous golden sunsets. The province offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Cultural Heritage: The Free State has a rich cultural heritage, with a mix of Afrikaans, Sotho, and other ethnic groups. You can explore traditional villages, attend cultural festivals, and engage with local communities to learn about their way of life.

Art and Crafts: The Free State is known for its arts and crafts scene. You can visit galleries, craft markets, and workshops to admire and purchase unique pieces of local art.

Small Towns: The province boasts charming towns like Clarens, which is famous for its art galleries, craft shops, and welcoming atmosphere. These towns provide a relaxed setting to unwind and enjoy local hospitality.

Top Attractions

The Free State National Botanical Gardens

National Botanical Gardens

The Free State National Botanical Gardens features diverse landscapes, from beautiful ponds and lush vegetation to arid desert gardens. Showcasing indigenous plants and conservation efforts. The gardens are rated as one of the country's top ten national botanical gardens and are managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Vredefort Dome

Vredefort Dome

Formed roughly 2 billion years ago when a massive asteroid collided with Earth. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, recognizing its scientific significance and unique geological features.

Golden Gate Highlands Park

Golden Gate Highlands Park

Renowned for its landscape of towering sandstone cliffs, vibrant gold and ochre rock formations, and lush valleys. Visitors can engross themselves in the natural beauty, discovering the diverse flora and fauna along with multiple hiking trails that wind through the park's rugged terrain.

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