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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Historical sites in Mpumalanga

1Makonjwa Mountain, Songimvelo Reserve

Nominated for World Heritage Site status, Makonjwa dates back some 3.6 billion years and is one of the most well-preserved sequences of sedimentary rocks on earth.

2Barberton

Born of a gold rush and home to the country’s first stock exchange, Barberton today is charming with well-preserved history and culture.

3ZASM Tunnels and Five Arches Bridge

Located in Emgwenya (formerly Waterval Boven), you can take a stream train ride through this historic area filled with South African War (Anglo-Boer War) sites.

4Lydenberg (Mashishing) Museum

Situated in the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve, the Lydenberg Museum is an absolute must-see. A real highlight is the replica Lydenberg Heads, a series of artistic clay masks excavated here that date back to 500AD.

5Elephant Museum

The Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park is an amazing museum that tells of the history between human and elephants in one of the world’s most famous national parks.

6Samora Machel Monument

The Samora Machel Monument can be found in Mbuzini, near Malelane. This is a melancholy memorial marking the spot where Mozambican President Samora Machel died in a mysterious plane crash in the 1980's.

7Alanglade House, Pilgrim’s Rest

A comprehensive, imaginative period museum that depicts the more elegant lifestyles of the final gold rush days.

8Jock's Memorial

It’s a pleasant drive from Pretoriuskop Camp (Kruger National Park) along the Old Transport road to the spot where a humble cairn marks the birthplace of South Africa’s favourite Staffie terrier, Jock of the Bushveld.

9Robber's Pass

Robber’s Pass is located near Pilgrim’s Rest. The top of this scenic mountain pass marks the spot where a character named Dennyson once hi-jacked a stagecoach full of gold!

10Giant Footprint

Located in Chrissiesmeer, this mysterious footprint matches one in Canada and is found on the shores of Lake Chrissie, the country’s largest freshwater lake.