Cosmos and sandstone - Free State features.
© Chris Marais
1The Golden Gate Highlands National Park and Clarens
Meander along the scenic route that leads to the Golden Gate National Highlands Park and the artsy town of Clarens. The backdrop of ochre mountains and rural Free State landscapes will have you whipping out your camera every couple of kilomtres.
2Clarens to Fouriesburg
The R711 between Fouriesburg and Clarens is one of the country’s most inspiring stretches of road, featuring sandstone caves and natural wind-sculptures.
3Smithfield to Philippolis - The Upper Gariep Route
Drive this historic back roads route and explore the little towns of the southern Free State.
4Bloemfontein to Kimberley
A Tale of two cities. Take your time as you traverse from the city of Bloemfontein (aka the City of Roses) to Kimberley, famous for its Diamond Rush history
5Springfontein to Jacobsdal - The Horizon Route
Enjoy farm stays and fine wine along this quiet southern Free State route that was once the hub of the South African diamond industry.
6Bloemfontein to Clarens - The Hay Bale Route
Drive on one of South Africa's finest rural roads into sandstone country, ending your trip in an exquisite mountain village.
7Bloemfontein to Maseru (via Ladybrand)
The capital of Lesotho – Maseru – lies just beyond the Free State border. The route is wonderfully evocative with rolling hills, snowy peaks in the distance (in winter) and local Basotho people on ponies wearing traditional Basotho blankets.
8The Battlefields Route
This route explores sites of the South African Wars and takes in 13 battlefields, 8 memorials, 2 museums and 3 concentration camp cemeteries.
9The Friendly N6 Route
This route covers a vast and fascinating area, far from the madding crowds. Lots of pink and white cosmos in season, and inspiring scenery that defines why South Africa is renowned for its beauty, as you head from Boemfontein in the north to East London in the South (the N6 covers more than 600 km).
10Rouxville to Fouriesburg - The Maloti Route
Follow the Traders' Route with the Maluti Mountains constantly in sight, as you skirt the western flanks of Lesotho and head north.