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The Free State is situated in the heartland of the Karoo and has many wonderful tourist routes to offer to the traveller.  This area is an important agricultural area 'known as South Africas breadbasket' and has more than 30, 000 farms which produce over 70% of the country's grain. Some of South Africas most valued San (Bushman) rock art is found here.

Featured attractions:

  • Vredefort Dome
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park
  • Xhariep Dam
  • Bloemfontein Botanical Gardens
  • Basotho Cultural Village
  • Free State Goldfields
  • Sterkfontein Dam
  • The Sentinel Rock
  • Vaal Dam

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Golden Gate derives its name from the sunrays of the setting sun that casts a soft shade on the west facing sandstone cliffs and turns them into a glowing gold colour including the ever imposing Sentinel Rock. The first ever fossilised Triassic dinosaur eggs where found in the park at Rooi Draai in 1973.
11 600 hectares of unique environment houses a large variety of mammals – black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra - and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis.
There is a Living Museum known as the Basothu Cultural Village situated in the park.

Ts'ehlanyane National Park

This is the largest National Park in Lesotho. 

The park is located deep in the northern range of the Maloti Mountains at the foot of the Holomo Pass and only about 45 minutes on a good road from the South African border post of Caledonspoort (Caledonspoort is about 4 hours from O.R Thambo International Airport).

The National Park provides a picnic site at the day visitors area, a spectacular 39k hiking trail linking the Ts'ehlanyane National Park with the Bokong Nature Reserve, various hiking trails, great scenic photographic opportunities, day walks, bird watching, pony rides, rock pool swimming and small game viewing.



The Basotho Cultural Village

The Maloti Route offers you a rich variety of cultural places of interest, traditional craft and art, history, rock art sites and scenery which is dominated by absolutely magnificent mountain ranges.  The Basotho Cultural Village between Golden Gate and Harrismith is a rural village with a chief, where traditional tribal music can be heard. Further along the route, one can enter Lesotho to learn more about the lifestyle of the people of Lesotho. Guides will show you the cave art of the San people.


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River Rafting 

Those seeking an adrenaline thrill should travel to the Vaal River situated near Parys to experience the rush of white water rafting.


Vredefort Dome

The Vredefort Dome houses the remnants of the largest and oldest meteorite impact crater and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.