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Fouriesburg, 330km or about 3-hours' drive from Johannesburg, provides the opportunity for outdoor adventure in the mountains on the Lesotho border, where there is snow in winter and inspiring views all-year round. It is a short drive from the popular town of Clarens and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. 

'If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure in the mountains, you will not run out of things to do in this area,' says Fouriesburg resident Lucinda Hooley, who has an excellent knowledge of the region. 

Hooley moved to the small town in the Free State province over a decade ago when she was looking for a place in the country with beautiful scenery but not too much tourist glitz. 

'There are superb hikes and horse trails, or you can simply sit under a tree and take in the scenery,' she says. 

For those interested in horse trails, there are excellent options. One of them, Shumba Valley Guest Farm, operated by Di Armour, offers anything from 1-hour rides to trails lasting several days. 

Hikers have several routes from which to choose, ranging from 2km paths to multi-day hikes, including a trail to see dinosaur footprints at the Mafube Mountain Retreat. 

Fouriesburg is about 30km from the popular town of Clarens, and many visitors enjoy the drive through the mountains to spend the day in Clarens or the nearby Golden Gate Highlands National Park. 

Winter is a particularly popular time in Fouriesburg, when the surrounding Maluti, Rooiberg and Witteberg mountains are covered in snow. 

Cherry season, in November, is also popular, when Fouriesburg and nearby Ficksburg offer visitors the opportunity to see a working cherry farm, where they can walk through the orchards, ride on tractors and pick their own cherries. 

The food and accommodation in and around Fouriesburg is an adventure in itself. Visitors can stay at a guest farm, working farm, in one of the nature reserves or in a B&B in town. 

A novelty in town is Issy’s Supermarket, one of the last remaining old-style general dealers where you buy anything from a bag of maize to a bicycle. 

Did You Know?

TTravel tips & planning  info 

Who to contact 

Fouriesburg Info 

Email: info@fouriesburginfo.co.za 

The Fouriesburg Country Inn 

Email: stay@fouriesburgcountryinn.co.za 

Tel: +27 (0)58 223 0207 

Lucinda Hooley (resident with an excellent knowledge of the area) 

Tel: +27 (0)58 223 0429  

Email: Lucinda@bluemoon.co.za 

 

How to get here 

Fouriesburg is an easy 330km drive from Johannesburg and based close to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State. 

Best time to visit 

All-year round. If you would like to see the cherry blossoms, visit in spring (October), and if you would like to pick your own cherries, go in November. For those who enjoy snow, it frequently snows in winter. 

Things to do 

Take the R711 from Fouriesburg to Clarens for a wonderfully scenic drive. The Caledonspoort border post between South Africa and Lesotho is 10km from Fouriesburg if you would like to visit Lesotho. 

Tours to do 

You'll find a choice of trails on horseback and on foot in the area. 

Get around 

It's best to drive your own vehicle or explore the area on foot or horseback. 

Length of stay 

At least 2 to 3 days. 

What to pack 

Outdoor gear. 

Where to stay 

Visit the Fouriesburg Info website for a choice of accommodation in and around the town. 

What to eat 

The town has a couple of restaurants and many of the accommodation options offer meals. Try eisbein and spare ribs at Die Plaas Stoep Pub and Grill; try the steaks at The Windmill; or enjoy a buffet at the Fouriesburg Country Inn, which also has a wine cellar. 

Best buys 

A range of gifts and crafts are on offer at Matsoho Arts and Crafts in Fouriesburg. 

 

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