Top 10: Getaways in The Free State

Bloemfontein natural attractions - wildlife in nature reserves. Bloemfontein natural attractions - zebras at Franklin Reserve.

1 Weekend in Clarens

A haven for artists, craftspeople, fly-fishers and food-lovers, Clarens has become a popular weekend getaway destination with a good choice of dining and accommodation options. more

2 Take a hike in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park

This national park showcases amazing sandstone formations carved out of the rock by wind, rain and time – particularly striking is the outcrop called the Sentinel; overnight in the park or in nearby Clarens or Fouriesburg. more

3 Get historical in Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein has numerous historical and cultural attractions on offer – from Boer War monuments to a leading art gallery. more

4 Enjoy the view from horseback

Just outside the Free State town of Clarens lies Bokpoort Horseback Adventures & Holiday Farm, which has offered horseback safaris in the region for nearly two decades. Horseback tours can last from two hours to several days, with many different packages in between. more

5 Find your feet in Fouriesburg

Fouriesburg, Free State is one of South Africa’s unsung gems where you can hike in the footsteps of dinosaurs, take horse trails and enjoy excellent accommodation. more

6 Take a road trip from Zastron to Wepener

The villages of Zastron and Wepener, Free State, are part of the scenic Maluti Mountains Route. Adventurers, bikers and four-by-four enthusiasts who prefer to head off the beaten track will enjoy this getaway.

7 Have fun in Parys

Situated on the Vaal River within the unique landscape of the two-billion-year-old Vredefort World Heritage Site, Parys in the Free State offers adventure tourism, golf, cheetah interaction and watersports. more

8 Chill out at the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve

Shimmering in the foothills of the Drakensberg, the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve attracts flyfishers, birders and nature-lovers to its biodiversity-rich shores. more

9 The Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, Free State

Enjoy watersports on the Gariep Dam which divides the Free State from the Northern Cape. more

10 Stay over on a farm in the Free State

In the Free State you can spend a night on a working farm and enjoy a traditional 'braai' or barbecue or a special Karoo lamb dinner. more