The Free State South Africa
Welcome to the Free State expect to be pleasantly surprised as you travel from one corner of the Free State to the other. From undulating hills in the east, to gorgeaous golden savannah in the west; desolate landscapes and dried out trees in the south or to luscious greenery sustained by the Vaal river in the north.
South Africa -Free State
'The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here, I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons' - Nelson Mandela
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Welcome to the Free State, the province as free
as it is, is landlocked, right in the heart of South Africa, the
terrain is mostly flat bar the east of the province where you will
find undulating hills that seem to go on for eternity.
For the Traveller
For the water sports enthusiast, the Vaal River and the Orange River
offer an abundance of water activities ranging from white-water rafting,
swiming, fishing, water skiing and canoeing. If hiking is more to your
enjoyment don't pass up an opportunity to visit the Snowy River Horse
Trail and sample steak on the rocks..
The summer season is a perfect playing field for those romanic poets
dying to express raw human emotion. Rain showers on the undulting hills,
windswept savannah plains, semi-desert lands, gushing rivers and majestic
But it is Bloemfonteins flowers that seem to be its proudest heritage, living up to its name: 'Spring of Flowers' more than 4,000 rose trees have been planted in King's Park, opened in 1925 by the Prince of Wales.
In Northern Free State there is a world Heritage site where a meteorite the size of Table Mountain crashed to earth, leaving one of the largest meteorite craters in the world - 90km wide and 20km deep, the rock like dome that was formed is known as the Vredefort Dome, a spectaculor formation of crater rings is still visible in the outcrops near Parys, the original formation covered an area of approximaitley 150km, but many of the rings have been eroded through time.
The peaceful San people residing here are revered for thier ability to depict daily life in the form of rock art, which South Africans regard as a highly-prized cultural possesion.
Basotho Cultural Village
Visitors to the village can enjoy basket weaving demonstrations, traditional dances, a tour through the chiefs village, throwing of the bones and delicious traditional food served at the restaurant, which is situated between two enormous sandstone boulders.
The huts are built according to the time frame depicted by each one and
are decorated by the Basotho women.
Game farms and Game Reserves
The Golden Gate Park situated near Clarens is famous for it's rolling sandstone mountains. Its name is derived from the golden light that reflects off the cliffs. Tranquil open spaces allow you yo catch sight of many of the wildlife that roam the reserve: eland, zebra, hartebeest and wildebeest. There are 140 known bird species and you may even spot teh black eagle, bald ibis or bearded vulture !
The Willem Pretorius Reserve is filled with large herds and grassy plains. In the distance you will see koppies, ridges and cliff faces, which together with the wildlife and terrain is perfect for those who love the bush.
Soetdoring Reserve with its wide open spaces and fresh air is home to the wild cat, wild dog, white rhino, zebra and eland.
Qwaqwa National Park situated in the Drakensberg Mountains, is a hikers paradise. There is much to see - wildlife, succulent vegetation, beutiful vleis, bushman art, indigenous lillies and beautiful flowers in the spring and autumn.
Take a trip to the Free State Province and be overwhelmed by the charming country towns and sheer beauty of the land.