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The Free State

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With sunshine and heat 340 days of the year, the Free State is a province for all outdoor enthusiasts to visit.

Tour the historical and cultural attractions such as the Basotho Cultural Village and charming towns. Take a trip back in time by visiting the Vredefort Dome, a World Heritage site and the oldest and largest meteorite impact site in the world. Experience both thrills and chills by white water rafting or canoeing down the long Orange River and find yourself enjoying other water sports on the Gariep Dam. Get in touch with nature again and take the Highlands Route through to the Golden Gate National Park, which features a host of wildlife that roam amongst the great veld and among the rolling, gold hued sandstone cliffs.

Bloemfontein

Explore the capital city of the Free State province and find yourself among stress free and hospitable people, with a love of life and their country. It is steeped in history, but the city offers those with a more modern taste for life a truly unique metropolitan experience. Shop around, enjoy fine local cuisine after you discover the historical avenues and monuments of the Judicial Capital of South Africa. Bloemfontein is situated in the middle of the Free State, making its surrounding attractions easily accessible. There’s more to the city than meets the eye…

Regions

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Sufficient rainfall and fertile soil are the key ingredients that turn this part of the Free State into a golden wonderland that is full of maize and sunflower fields. This region is not only aptly named “The Golden Country” for its agricultural reapings. It is also the source of one third of South Africa’s gold deposits. In turn, this region is a hub of entertainment, cities, towns and more. The Vaal River, which borders the Free State and Gauteng, brings green, fertile valleys to the province, as well as water and sun lovers, who enjoy relaxing on the river’s edge indulging in fun pastimes – a few sundowners after an afternoon of boating and fishing.

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Running along the southern border is the Orange River, whose source is found in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, and which either rages or cruises down towards the Atlantic. It’s rafter’s adventure playground, and a fisherman or sailer’s haven. Thabo Mofutsanyana is a region which delights travellers at any time of the year. The summer is a hive of bustle with harvesting and farming activities, while winter brings glistening snow to the mountains. Nature exploration and adoration is the main attraction to this region, and what better way to enjoy it than in the middle of a beautiful province that has so much to offer.