Free State

Free State incentives

Many Free State hiking trails feature San Bushman rock art and historic battlefield sites. There is plenty of free roaming game to see on your journey and you can stay overnight in rustic farmhouses, huts, chalets and even a cave.

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Free State incentive highlights

Its wide open spaces and big skies makes the Free State a great outdoor adventure destination. A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village is an unforgettable experience.

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Top 10

Stargazing Spots

1Sutherland, Northern Cape

In Namakwa, only gazillions of stars outnumber its countless spring wildflowers. Here you’ll find the South African Large Telescope (SALT) - THE best place to go stargazing in South Africa.

2The Johannesburg Planetarium, Braamfontein, Gauteng

A great city spot to learn about our night skies. There are regular astronomy lectures open to the public.

3Karoo National Park, Western Cape

The vast open plains of the Karoo were made for stargazing. Go on a guided night tour, or simply pick a spot, spread out your blanket and be star-struck.

4Zebra Country Lodge, Leopards View, Dinokeng, Gauteng

Expert Sky Rangers take you on a tour of the heavens in the astronomical ‘astroboma’ observatory in the bush.

5Olifant’s Camp, Kruger National Park, Limpopo

Elephant’s footprints on the moon? You’ll see them here, through a large telescope set up in the bush, and learn all about African star lore.

6Entabeni Private Game Reserve, Waterberg, Limpopo

The Waterberg offers some of the brightest star watching opportunities thanks to its clear skies and low levels of light pollution.

7Eastern Cape border with Lesotho - the Eastern Cape Highlands

Remote valleys free of pollution promise an all-night parade of celestial bodies. Bring your star map and seek out the Southern Cross.

8Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Northern Cape

Crystal clear Kalahari skies provide perfect conditions for desert stargazing, viewed through a large telescope set up among the sand dunes.

9Madikwe River Lodge, North West province

Large telescopes take you on a galactic odyssey across the African night sky to see constellations, planets, Zodiac signs and more.

10Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State

Book into the Mountain Retreat cabins, find a comfortable spot on the veranda and watch the universe unfold.