Top 10: Fun experiences in the Free State
The beauty of the Eastern Free State.
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Hunt for fossils
Did you know that a great place to go fossil-hunting is the Eastern Free State… discover nature’s ancient wonders.
Visit Clarens, an arty retreat
This wonderful artists enclave offers the perfect weekend getaway. Explore the galleries, the restaurants, gift shops and the breathtaking scenery.
Book a horseback safari
Become an African cowboy and explore the magnificent Eastern Highlands on horse-back - enjoy sightings of kudu and zebra.
See Golden Gate Highlands National Park
The scenery is magnificent in this renowned national park with coloured sandstone rock faces hewn out of the mountains by wind and rain.
Organise a Parys adventure
Enjoy the local antique, spice and interior design shops and galleries and all the good restaurants overlooking the Vaal River where the energetic types go white-water rafting.
Visit Tsa Lapeng Crafts, Free State
Visit and shop at the village of Makholokoeng near Harrismith where a group of traditional women make wonderful crafts from their homes as part of an empowerment project called Tsa Lapeng.
Go white water rafting on the Ash River
Expect some serious rapids on this river close to Clarens.
Experience Free State farm hospitality
Many farms double up as guesthouses and country hotels and offer fantastic farm produce meals, wildlife outings, walks and horse trails.
Enjoy watersports on the Gariep Dam
If you love the great outdoors, then the Gariep Dam – home of a wide range of watersports, is just for you.
Get close to cheetahs
At the Cheetah Experience, Free State, visitors and volunteers experience an extraordinary close encounter with cheetah, lion and leopard in the heart of Bloemfontein.