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

Struggle sites

1Robben Island, Cape Town

The apartheid states’ most notorious political prison, now a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s most-visited attractions.

2The Nelson Mandela Museum, Mthatha, Eastern Cape

This museum comprises 3 sites dedicated to different eras in the life of this great man: the Bhunga Building in Mthatha, and the satellite open-air museum at Mvezo, and Qunu, his birthplace.

3The Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum, Orlando West, Soweto

Pays tribute to the 1976 Soweto uprisings that changed the face of our modern political history. Named in honour of one the first child victims of the unrest, Hector Peterson.

4The Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg

Takes visitors on an emotive journey that charts the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa.

5Liliesleaf Trust, Rivonia, Johannesburg

The ex-headquarters of the ANC’s military–wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, and site of the police raid that lead to the infamous Rivonia Trial.

6Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

The Old Fort Complex in Johannesburg was once home to the notorious Number Four Prison and the Women’s Gaol – a place of brutality and misery.

7Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Vaal Triangle, Gauteng

Pays tribute those who died in the Sharpeville massacre – a significant event in our struggle history.

8Mandela House Museum, Soweto

This newly refurbished museum can be found on Vilakazi Street, Soweto. Gaze into the life of Nelson and Mandela and his family before he was sent to prison.

9District Six Museum, Cape Town

Commemorates the culture and colourful communities of District Six before forced removals. The place was a hub of political activity and multi-racial harmony.

10Red Location Museum, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth

Named for the rusted metal sheets with which the residents of Port Elizabeth’s oldest township built their shacks, this settlement was a hotbed of political activists and anti-apartheid fugitives.