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Macufe is a cultural-based festival that showcases a wide range of African arts and culture to the world. It is held in Bloemfontein every year. Macufe, the ten-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. First held in 1997 before an audience of 30 000, Macufe now attracts over 140 000 people from South Africa, Africa and the world. The festival is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.
South Africa has plenty of idyllic spots around the country to attract fly-fishers, with 2 species of trout in our waters and a thriving support industry dedicated to great angling holidays.
Shearing sheep or goats is an art; one much prized on the wool and angora farms of the Karoo – the area produces world champions – so watching the shearing is a fascinating drawcard for tourists.
Clarens in Free State province near the mountains of Lesotho is a haven for South African artists, and also a centre for adventure activities like white-water rafting and scenic mountain hikes.
Maria Moroka Game Reserve near the Free State town of Thaba Nchu (and its black mountain namesake revered by the Sotho) offers mountains, grassland wildlife and hotel comforts on the road to Lesotho.
The Maluti Cave Route Trail through the Drakensberg in eastern Free State near Lesotho offers trails of 2 to 4 days, breath-taking views and stops at caves containing original San rock art.
South Africa’s grassland wildflowers, especially around the Drakensberg, put on a floral show to rival Namaqualand in spring, or Western Cape’s fynbos – and even better, it lasts through summer.
Franklin Game Reserve lies completely within the city of Bloemfontein in Free State province – a haven of natural beauty and wildlife in the heart of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
Ficksburg in Free State province is famed as South Africa’s cherry mecca – but the town offers many other experiences for visitors, from chocolates and asparagus to boat tours and beautiful buildings.
A road trip from Smithfield to Philippolis offers visitors South African War history, friendly small towns, the Gariep Dam, ancient rock art and access to tigers.