Free State Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt

Free State Things to Do

  • Golden Gate National Park

    Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main restcamp. This 11 600 hectares of unique...

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  • Steam Train Route

    The Sandstone Steam Rail Company has been established by a consortium of overseas and local investors to restore steam trains for tourist travel along the historic Bethlehem-Bloemfontein Rail road. The company runs local excursions along the main route and side excursions along branch lines to destinations such as Maseru and Ladybrand, as well as...

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  • Granaries

    Visit a granary at a farm. Especially interesting for the kids!I went to a coupel when at school... on geography tours! We were taken right up to the top of the granary and told to look down... it is a little scaery in that you know if you fall into a granary you will suffocate very soon.The tours are totally safe though of course!The farms to...

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  • Wynford Farm

    Wynford Farm – we have been here twice, it is family-run and has a variety of facilities and accommodation on offer, from converted stables to stone rondavels. They offer horseback riding, putt putt/mini golf, tennis and many more things, aside from the guided hiking tours they do into the surrounding mountains. Special points to remember?On one of...

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  • The Eastern Highlands

    Drive through the Eastern Highlands, the area that borders the country of Lesotho.My husband has always had a passion for collecting Lesotho hats. They are triangular in height and circular in width, and come in varying bright colours.We saw plenty of them - I bought a couple, but cant show them here as they are in storage in South Africa, and they...

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  • Clarens

    This is an interesting little town, especially if you are artistically inclined. It has several galleries, studios and art & craft shops. The galleries range from ethnic, local art... to contemporary and modern. The craft is varying too, with lots of local stuff... wooden, beaded and leather craft etc... and then some other as well. But mostly...

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  • Gallery Girard&Tiley-DENEYSVILLE

    Deneysville has been dubbed the "inland water mecca of South Africa". Built around the Vaal Dam . Deneysville is a small, rural village providing visitors access to vast water surfaces of the dam. The town is also known as the Highveld's inland sea and the yachting mecca .Gallery Girard&Tiley-DENEYSVILLEpromotes local art and craft of the Vaal...

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  • Riemland Wine Route

    The Riemland Wine Route, and eco-tourism retreat is the initiative of a group of landowners in the Riemland region in the Northern Free State. It includes the signing of agreements with three leading Boland cellars to open bulk sales outlets at two registered conservancies. The wine route runs between the Boland Cellar trading as Francolin Creek...

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  • Battlefields - Surrender Hill

    After the battle at Roodewal, Lord Roberts realized that he had to counteract the operations of De Wet. With this in mind he ordered a drive on the Boer forces, which were operating in the Eastern Free State. The Brandwater basin is a geographical region in the Eastern Free State, which offered the Boers the chance to regroup. Lt Gen A Hunter...

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  • Battlefields - Biddulphsberg

    Biddulphsberg is situated near the town of Senekal. While this battle was taking place, the Boers were attacking the Imperial Yeomanry at Lindley. These two battles were closely connected and the reason is that when the Yeomanry were besieged, Lt Gen Rundle with his 4 000 men at Senekal tried to divert the Boers attention from Lindley to himself...

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  • Battlefields - Jammerbergdrift

    After the success of de Wet at Sannaspos and Mostertshoek, Genl. De Wet and his commando decided to besiege British positions at Jammerbergdrift but as was the case in most of these attempts, the siege could not be sustained after help arrived on the scene. The Boer force had to retreat on 25 April when a British relief force arrived on the scene....

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  • Battlefields - Sannaspos

    On 13 March 1900 Bloemfontein was occupied by Lord Roberts. At the end of March 1900, Gen de Wet decided to attack the British garrison protecting the Sannaspos waterworks, the main water supply for Bloemfontein. They captured 421 men, seven guns and 83 wagons during the day long battle acutaly the first of the guerilla phase. Casualties 16 Boer;...

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  • Battlefields - Driefontein

    While the Battle of Poplar Grove was nothing for the Boers to be proud of, the contrary is true of the battle that followed three days later. Driefontein was the last stand they made before Bloemfontein, the Free State capital, fell on 13 March 1900. Gen CR de Wet and Gen JH de la Rey had 1500 men at their disposal. Under heavy artillery...

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  • Battlefields - Poplar Grove

    In contrast to the gallant defence the Boers made at Paardeberg, Poplar Grove was an anti-climax. The 5 050 strong forces of Gen CR De Wet, left their defences and fell back with only a few casualties. Casualties: Boer 2; British 57.

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  • Battlefields - Paardeberg

    After the battle of Magersfontein, the new Commander in Chief on the western front, Lord Roberts, decided to relieve Kimberley with the help of Gen. JDP French and his cavalry. At Paardeberg near Kimberley he encountered the forces of Gen. Piet Cronjé – with 40 000 British troops and 100 guns against the 4 000 Boers with only five guns. The heavy...

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  • Soetdoring Nature Reserve

    Soetdoring Nature Reserve has two entrances. The eastern entrance is at the Modder River on the Bloemfontein / Bultfontein road (R700). Here visitors enjoy angling, picnicking and game viewing. Braai facilities are located along the river and the dam. The modern conference centre near the eastern gate has a kitchen and roofed braai area which can...

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  • Qwa-Qwa Park

    The park is about 60 km from Harrismith on the Harrismith/Golden Gate Road, the R712. The Eerstegeluk Guest House is fully equipped. It can accommodate 10 persons. Guided horse rides are available. Game viewing can be done in this unique way.The vleis of this beautiful park are filled with bird life, the kloofs luxuriously vegetated and the caves...

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  • Sandveld Nature Reserve

    Sandveld Nature Reserve is along the Bloemhof / Hoopstad road, the R34. It lies approximately 200 km northwest of Bloemfontein. The essence of Africa is tangible in the Sandveld Nature Reserve, situated in the Kalahari thornveld biome. The reserve covers 37 700 ha and includes the Bloemhof Dam.Gemsbok, blue wildebeest, kudu, rhino, buffalo, giraffe...

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  • Thaba 'Nchu Sun and Maria Moroka Park

    The park is located about 70 km east of Bloemfontein, alongside the popular Thaba 'Nchu Sun Hotel and Casino. Luxurious accommodation is provided here by the Thaba 'Nchu Sun Hotel and Casino. A variety of activities such as tennis, mini golf, gambling and cabaret shows are offered.The park also has an 8 km hiking trail to the Thaba 'Nchu mountain...

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  • Willem Pretorius Game Reserve

    The game reserve is situated approximately 30 km from Ventersburg and 150 km from Bloemfontein. The turn-off to the nature reserve is on the N1 between Winburg and Ventersburg. The Sand River and Allemanskraal Dam divide the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve of 12 000 ha into northern and southern parts.The northern side creates suitable homes for...

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  • Caledon Nature Reserve

    The reserve is approximately 120 km southeast of Bloemfontein along the R701 road between Wepener and Smithfield. It's 2 300 ha has an almost tangible atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Apart from the splendid views and game such as black wildebeest, blesbok, springbok and zebra, the reserve is notable for its beautiful mountain vegetation. The...

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  • Basotho Cultural Village

    A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village which nestles at the foot of huge sandstone mountains, will give you a deeper insight into the lifestyle of the South Sotho from the 16th century to the picturesque present On arrival, a friendly receptionist will show you an introductory video which illustrates the building process of the museum....

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  • Vredefort Dome - World Heritage Site

    A meteorite larger than Table Mountain slammed into the ground at breakneck speed near what is now Vredefort in the Free State. The resulting thousand-megaton blast of energy was nature's equivalent of a nuclear catastrophe. Except that in this case, life was probably kick-started by the development of oxygen and multicellular life linked to the...

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  • The Sentinel

    The Sentinel is the most northerly point of the Drakensberg and besides providing a spectacular view from the lip of one of the highest waterfalls in Africa, the Tugela. The trail takes you to above 3000m on the plateau of the Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg via two successive sets of chain ladders. The scenic access road through Phuthaditjaba to...

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  • Vaal Dam

    Vaal Dam, completed in 1938, is the main water supply for the Gauteng Province and minding areas. Vaal Dam is the largest watersport area abounding with power and sail craft. It has the largest concentration of sailing boats in the country, as many as moor in all the parts along our coastline. As the centre of island sailing, it hosts the largest...

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  • Xhariep Dam

    Xhariep (or Gariep) Dam, the youngest town in the Free State, officially became a registered municipality as recently as 1994. It was originally erected in the late 1960's for the construction workers building the Gariep Dam. After the official opening of the dam (originally called the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam, after the man know as the architect of...

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  • Sterkfontein Dam

    The extended nature conservation area around the dam of Sterkfontein is characterised by rugged mountains, endless expanse and a lot of water. Besides long walks and hikes, it offers watersport and fishing facilities in the dam. It is surrounded by a nature reserve and chalets & camping sites. The Sterkfontein Dam is situated in the very upper...

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  • Free State Botanical Garden

    The Botanic Gardens are situated in typical Free State terrain; dolerite koppies, seperated by valleys and dry watercourses. There are a series of short, self-guided walks which are ideal for the elderly and the physically disabled, while the more agile can climb the koppies (a one-and-a-half-hour trip) to take in the scenery. The Botanical Society...

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  • Gold Mines

    In April 1938, a borehole sunk in search for water on the farm St Helena struck lava, not subterranean water. The lava was of a deep-flowing source of gold ore linked to the famous Witwatersrand. Suddenly the talk was not of the Reef but of the 'Golden Triangle', and suddenly the Free State was to share in the riches and the brotherhood of...

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  • Memel

    At certain time of the year thousands of water birds congregate on the wetlands, and the grassland areas abound with bird life, making the area a true birding paradise. Scarce and endangered species such as the Wattled, Blue and Crowned Crane may be seen and sometimes roost together in the same part of the wetland. Special birds of the grasslands...

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  • Ficksburg

    The Ficksburg area was subject to the usual internal bickering between the native tribes of the Caledon Valley and white settlers were warned to keep gunpowder, a rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition handy for immediate use. Another condition was that the settler’s homestead had to be erected within six months and have a strong surrounding wall in...

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  • Lejweleputswa

    It is being said that one could come to Lejweleputswa for a hundred holidays and have a totally different experience each time! The proud history and heritage of the region will take you on a journey to a variety of landscapes, richly endowded with diverse cultures and peoples. Situated in the heartland of South Africa’s agricultural belt, mine...

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  • Wepener

    The atmospheric little frontier town of Wepener lies in the valley of the Jammersbergspruit about 109km to the Van Rooyen gate which forms the border between South Africa and Lesotho (gate times: 6am-10pm Monday to Sunday).The route pass Wepener forms part of the well-known Hooglandroete - a pleasant route in the summers as well as the winter when...

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  • Van Stadensrus

    Van Stadensrus lies about 15km from the Lesotho border on t he road between Wepener and Zastron. it's a perfect example of a small rural free State "dorpie" (little town) whose people will always have time to chat to tourists and go out of their way to make them feel at home.

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  • Dewetsdorp

    Dewetsdorp is easily acessible from Bloemfontein and Wepener. it lies about 80km south east of Bloemfontein.Well maintained dirt roads connect it with Smithfield, Reddersburg and Hobhouse.This quiet tree filled town is a popular place for retirement. Despite its size, it has no shortage of medical doctors and shops. it also has a post office and an...

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  • Botsaphelo

    Botshabelo, situated about 60 km from the provincial capital, Bloemfontein on the N8, has a population of approximately 300 000. It is a monument to apartheid planning in the Free State. The vision of Pretoria during the apartheid era was to develop Botshabelo into a 'Golden City' for the South Sotho people.The 19 years of Botshabelo's existence...

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  • Bloemfontein

    Bloemfontein, the Capital City of the Free State Province in South Africa, is centrally situated roughly in the middle of the Province, as well as in South Africa. The "City of Roses", as it had become known locally, is placed with more pivotal importance than any other city in the country. The Judicial Capital, sixth largest city in South Africa,...

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  • Clarens

    Between the high sandstone Rooiberge and the Maluti Mountains, the picturesque little town of Clarens is aptly described as "The Jewel of the Free State". All year round, but especially in autumn when the leaves turn to gold, the scenery, is a magnet for artists and photographers. Several local artists have opened their studios to the public. Art...

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Free State Hotels

  • Southern Sun Bloemfontein

    Nelson Mandela & Melville, Brandwag (formerly Holiday Inn), Bloemfontein, 9324, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Protea Hotel Clarens

    Cnr Main & Van der Merwe Streets, PO Box 220, Clarens, 9707, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Harrismith Inn Hotel

    Mckechnie Road P.O.Box 363, Harrismith, ZA

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

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