Budget Travel in the Free State - Ever Present Windmill in the Agricultural Center
This Province of South Africa is famouse for its `boerekos (traditional Afrikaner farm-style cuisine) and decidedly slower-paced lifestyle.
The Free Sate Province is the third-largest province in South Africa famous for its warm South African hospitality.
It has the second-lowest population density, on about 129 480 km2 of land.
All the towns display a mix of cultures.
You will find the most valued San (Bushman) rock art is found in the Free State.
The Free State South Africa offers you open plains between the Vaal and Orange Rivers.
Bloemfontein is the ideal place to start a tour of the Free State.
North of Winburg, the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve is a must see, offering a wealth of wildlife, excellent fishing conditions, and a wide range of sports facilities.
Loch Athlone, one of the major attractions of Bethlehem, is a magnet for fresh water fisherman.
Starting at Harrismith and ending at Zastron, the route is particularly notable for the Golden Gate National Park, beautiful mountain scenery and charming country towns.
In the south-west, the Gariep Dam resort offers an extensive range of leisure activities including water sports, tennis, bowling, horse-riding, golf and 13 nature reserves.
This province presents the classic scene of veld, grass-covered prairie land with deep-blue African skies.
The Free Sate is known, locally, as our 'bread basket', the this part of South Africa is cultivated by more than 30 000 farms to produce over 70% of South Africa's grain consumption.
It is also home to the most productive gold and diamond mines in the world.
The Free State climate in the summer-rainfall region is warm but can be relatively cold during the winter months.
This Province boasts an extensive system of parks and reserves, including one national park (Golden Gate) and more than 80 provincial, municipal, and privately owned nature parks, nature reserves, game reserves, and game farms.
Activities include bird and game viewing, trophy and biltong hunting, hiking, horse-riding, biking, 4x4 off-road driving, camping and climbing.
With its wealth of historical and cultural attractions and excellent facilities, Bloemfontein is the ideal place to start a tour of the Free State.
North of Winburg, the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve is the Free State's major provincial reserve, offering a wealth of wildlife, excellent fishing conditions, and a wide range of sports facilities.
Kroonstad has all you need for a relaxing break, including an excellent holiday resort.
Loch Athlone, one of the major attractions of Bethlehem, is a magnet for anglers and those who enjoy pottering around in boats.
No visit to the Free State is complete without following the renowned Highlands Route.
Attractions: Motheo (Central Bloemfontein) Botanical Gardens & Zoo Gardens National Museum Loch Logan Waterfront Rustfontein Dam and Nature Reserve Thaba 'Nchu Sun King's Park & Prince's Rose Garden Transgariep Gariep Dam Jagersfontein Open Mine Museum & Koffiefontein Open Mine Museum The 'Eye' of Zastron Mayaputi Nature Reserve Goldfields Winburg Voortrekker Monument Welkom Gold Museum Saltpans Mining Underground mine tours Willem Pretorius Game Reserve Phakisa Racetrack Northern Free State Vredefort Dome - the world's largest meteorite impact site Viljoenskroon Tractor Museum Frankfort Sandstone NG Church Eastern Free State Golden Gate Highlands National Park Titanic Rock in Clarens Ficksburg Cherry Festival Bushman rock art Basuto Cultural Village at Qwa-Qwa Bushman Rock Art Seekoeivlei Wetlands at Memel Suggested Travel Route Day 1: Bloemfontein Bloemfontein Reyneke Park Motheo Tel: 051 523 3888 Fax: 051 523 3887 Day 2: Fauresmith Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve Transgariep Tel: 051 722 1441 Fax: 051 723 0134 Day 3: Ventersburg Africas Best Aldam Resort Goldfields Tel: 086 183 6237 Fax: 057 652 0014 Day 4 & 5: Parys Dimalachite Nature Resort and River Lodge Northern Free State Tel: 056 818 1860 Fax: 056 818 1854 Day 6 & 7: Clarens Golden Gate Highland National Park Eastern Free State Tel: 058 255 0012 Fax: 058 255 0901 Distances in km from Bloemfontein: Aliwal North207 km Bethlehem238 km Clarens298 km Harrismith339 km Kimberley175 km Kroonstad211 km Sasolburg344 km Welkom154 km We invite you for a visit.