Discover scenic beauty, rural tranquillity and fascinating tourist attractions on holiday in the Free State. Visit one of the Free State’s Big 5 holiday routes (Cheetah, Eagle, Lion, Flamingo and Springbok), each offering their own history, culture, adventure and natural attractions.Thecharming town of Clarens, known as “the Jewel of the Free State”, is set against a backdrop ofthe Maluti Mountains, making this little place a picture-perfect destination for weekend getaways.
Why go on holiday in the Free State
Explore its extraordinary, quirky little towns and villages.
Discover the beauty of the Eastern Highlands.
Learn all about the Sotho peoples’ traditions and cultures.
It’s where JRR Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, was born.
Marvel at the incredible beauty of the Golden Gate National Park.
See the Vredefort Dome, the earth’s largest meteorite impact site.
Enjoy numerous adventure activities in the Parys area.
Visit Bloemfontein and see the Franklin Game Reserve in the middle of the city.
The Free State’s towns and villages are all widely spread, offering a welcome feeling of solitude and of getting away from it all. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path getaway with family, friends or your partner, consider the Free State as an exciting holiday destination choice.
Things to do in the Free State
A holiday in the Free State is all about taking your time to get to know this fascinating destination, enjoying the diverse attractions and activities available. Whether you’re looking for a country retreat, a unique safari holiday, or a fascinating culture trip, you’ll find it in the Free State. Diverse, scenic and quirky, the Free State offers something for every type of holidaymaker looking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Free State tourist attractions and things to do on holiday
Attend Bloemfontein’s Mangaung African Cultural Festival.
Hike the 33km Rhebok Trail in Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
Explore the Basotho Cultural Village.
Take a guided tour through the passages inside the wall of the Gariep Dam.
Visit Naval Hill in Bloemfontein, with its 6.5m-high statue of Nelson Mandela and its famous White Horse sculpture.
Enjoy the cherry festival in Ficksburg that takes place every November.
Try berry picking, great beer and ‘mampoer’ as well as plenty of art in Parys.
Go white-water rafting on the Vaal River in Parys.
Try your hand at fly fishing in Clarens, one of the country’s best trout fishing destinations.
See the world's oldest and largest impact crater, the Vredefort Dome.
Go on safari and view wildebeest in the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve.
Enjoy bird watching and discover over 400 species of plants in the Free State National Botanical Garden.
With its wide-open spaces, breathtaking scenery, an abundance of birds and wildlife, and fascinating towns and villages, the Free State has its own unique charm that is begging to be discovered. Experience it all on an unforgettable family holiday, a romantic honeymoon or a road trip with your friends.
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