The Free State is the geographical heart of South Africa. It is surrounded by several of the country’s other provinces and offers easy access to many popular tourist destinations. From the Maluti Route that follows the Highlands across the border into Lesotho, to pretty towns like Clarens, Free State offers a wealth of activities and breathtaking scenery. Here are 3 things you have to do in the Free State.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Deriving its name from the shades of gold created by the sun on the sandstone slopes, this park is well known for its beautiful scenery. Set against the backdrop of the Maluti Mountains in the north eastern Free State, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is home to a variety of mammals and birds. The area has many good hiking trails including a hike to the top of the Sentinel, which provides beautiful views over the area including a view of Tugela Falls, the second tallest waterfall in the world.
Nestled on the banks of the largest dam in South Africa is Forever Resorts Gariep Dam, an ideal leisure destination. Facilities include luxury chalets, a 3star caravan park, restaurant, bar and a supermarket. With a host of activities, Gariep Dam is a water sport enthusiast’s paradise. The Gariep Dam’s tranquility and beauty is a must for those seeking break from the rush of life.
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 present. Visitors are guided through the village to experience the Sotho’s way of life. Take a journey through four centuries of Basotho history, culture and tradition.
The Free State with its rolling hills, wide golden plains, impressive sandstone mountains and almost 340 days of sunshine per year, is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast. Make sure you visit these places on our list to make your visit to this beautiful province in South Africa much more memorable.
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