Unforgettable experiences

Heritage and culture

Explore South Africa's tribal cultures and traditions by visiting a cultural village or sampling traditional African cuisine in a township shebeen. Savour our award-winning wines on a Cape wine routes tour.

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Unforgettable experiences

South Africa offers an enriching voyage of discovery, unforgettable leisure experiences, cultural diversity and accommodation that rivals the best in the world.

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Food and wine

In South Africa, superb cuisine is paired with award-winning wines in the most incredible natural and urban surroundings.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Ancient kingdoms, diverse eco-systems, an invasion from space and a modern-day freedom struggle – all these are celebrated at South African World Heritage Sites.

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Top 10

Historical sites in the Free State

1Vredefort Dome

The Vredefort Dome is a massive meteorite impact site, created when a giant meteorite hit the Earth around 200-million years ago.

2Dinsoaur fossils of Clarens

The mountain village of Clarens in the eastern Free State is not only a quaint town in a beautiful setting - it is also a great location for those interested in fossils and palaeontology.

3Bloemfontein's history and culture

The City of Roses - Bloemfontein - is the historical "heartland" capital of South Africa's Free State province. From Boer War monuments to historic art galleries, fascinating townships, indigenous cultural villages and even a museum dedicated to the game of rugby, Bloemfontein has it all.

4Philippolis

Philippolis, founded in 1823, is the oldest town in the Free State. It has a rich history, having been home to Griqua leader Adam Kok and writer Sir Laurens van der Post, as well as the location of British welfare campaigner Emily Hobhouse's first weaving and spinning school.

5Sandstone Estates, Ficksburg

Sandstone Estates in Ficksburg is a steam buff's dream, featuring a collection of locomotives that have been restored for the enjoyment of steam enthusiasts who come here from all over the world.

6Free State goldfields

The Free State goldfields, with Welkom at their heart, is the throbbing mining centre of the province. Experience a goldfields tour and learn about the history of gold in South Africa.

7Koffiefontein

The southern Free State town of Koffiefontein was once a rural stopover for transport riders. It later became a diamond boom town and a WWII prisoner-of-war detention centre. See artworks left behind by the Italian prisoners.

8Fauresmith

If you like hardy horses and quirky towns, open skies and friendly people, then you should visit the historical town of Fauresmith.

9Bethulie

Bethulie holds bittersweet memories of the South African War, but is also a great base from which to explore the villages and sights around the Gariep Dam.

10Harrismith

If you want to tour the eastern Free State and parts of the Drakensberg, an ideal base for these adventures is Harrismith, on the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg. Precisely because of its location, Harrismith was a pivotal centre during the South African War (also known as the Anglo-Boer War). Held by the British, the town was also at the apex of a series of blockhouses initially built to defend the railway line.