The Free State Province is known locally as South Africa's breadbasket. Situated on flat plains in the heart of South Africa, it is the third largest of the nine provinces, but with low population density.The rich soil and pleasant climate allow a thriving agricultural industry. With more than 30,000 farms, it produce over 70% of the country's grain. The province is high-lying, with almost all land being 1,000 metres above sea level.The Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains foothills raise the terrain to over 2000 m in the east. Mineral deposits are plentiful, with gold and diamonds being of particular importance, mostly found in the north and west of the Free State province.
As the Free State economy is based on agriculture and mining, the province is unfairly under-rated in people's estimation as a tourist destination. The Free State Province has much to offer in historical attractions in cities, outdoor activities, hospitality, cultural attractions and scenery of the eastern highlands region. You will be able to enjoy mountain air, open spaces, hiking, birding, abseiling, water sports and much more
Former president Nelson Mandela's thoughts on the province:"The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons."
Fourth Raadzaal with Statue of CR de Wet
City of Bloemfontein
The economic and cultural centre of the Free State and also the Judicial capital of South Africa. Geographically, it is situated at the centre of the province and called the City of Roses because of the 4,000 roses planted at Kings park. A rose festival is held annually to feature the city The name Bloemfontein means 'fountain of flowers', which goes back to humble beginnings to the time it was a farm. Today Bloemfontein is bustling City. Read our Bloemfontein Travel Guide
The Sentinel, Golden Gate National Park
Golden Gate Highland Nat. Park
Golden Gate Highlands National Park Is located near the Lesotho border. The most notable features are its golden, ochre and orange hued deeply eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops especially the Brandwag (Sentinal) rock. Another feature of the area are numerous caves and shelters displaying San rock paintings. It is the Free State's only national park, and is more famous for the beauty of its landscape than for its wildlife.
Clarens - Eastern Free State
Clarens - Eastern Free State
Clarens is an artists' haven with many well-known artists either living in or frequenting the village, with many art galleries scattered around the village square and the town. The tranquil village ambience combined with scenic views and a mild climate makes has made Clarens a popular getaway for city dwellers from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban, among other places. Clarens is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful climate; it is one of the most picturesque spots in South Africa.