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'The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons.'  Nelson MandelaThe Free State is South Africa's Cinderella province. Every country has one - the place you make jokes... Read more

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Clarens Town of Eastern Free State

An amazing place to explore - Clarens is a beautiful town in a lovely mountain setting. The restaurants in the area are excellent, and there are lots of them to try out. The stores and art galleries have unusual items available, so it is a great place for shopping. Clarens is quiet and it was very relaxing to spend time there. There are walking trails, and it is highly enjoyable just walking around town because of the majestic mountains. We also visited the nearby Golden Gate National Park, with its incredible rock formations, as well as the Ficksburg Cherry Festival (about 1 hour away). Clarens is a great place for a soothing getaway!

Nicole Manners
South Africa
Reitz Town of Free State

Small town - Enjoyed visiting Reitz. Roads are terrible . not many shops or eating places. Town seems declining since my last visit.

Frank Meulenbeld
South Africa
Ficksburg Town of Eastern Free State

Cherries - If you are planning to go to the cherry festival, rather visit the cherry farms. The festival has many flea market type of stands and very few cherry stands. Street vendors are everywhere on the entrance to the festival, giving a dirty and unsafe impression. The cherry and cheese farms were wonderful destinations to visit but lie outside of Ficksburg. Ficksburg is not a town for tourists.

Tanja Marcus
South Africa
Parys Town of Northern Free State

Parys - The gross neglect of basic services like well maintained roads, clean and well maintained sidewalks and safe and pure drinking water are shocking. Hats of to the local business people who are doing their best to maintain some semblance of status as a venue of choice. Without your valiant efforts Parys would have disappeared off the map. In fairness it must be said that efforts to at least bring the main street to an acceptable standard, seem to be underway.

Terra Terre Blanche
South Africa
Kroonstad Town of Northern Free State

Nice town and friendly people. - Not well kept. Most shops not having stocks like Joburg.

Sally Maepa
South Africa
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Things to do in Free State

  • Bon Af Berry Farm Bon Af Berry Farm

    Farm in
    Free State

    2 Reviews
    This unique farm offers you a whole list of exciting things to do. Take stroll through the orchard and...
  • Groenkloof 4x4 Groenkloof 4x4

    4 x 4 Trails in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Groenkloof 4x4 is in a valley at the foot of Viervoetberg, in the Eastern Free State. The farm offers...
  • Spruit Walking Trail Spruit Walking Trail

    Hiking Trail in
    Free State

    1 Review
    The Spruit Walking Trail is a quick and easy route along a stream and into a ravine. Along the way it...
  • Parys Golf & Country Estate Parys Golf & Country Estate

    Golf Course in
    Free State

    1 Review
    This championship golf course was designed by the Cobie Legrange team and DDV Design, offering a...
  • Sterkfontein Dam and Nature Reserve Sterkfontein Dam and Nature Reserve

    Dam or Vlei in
    Free State

    1 Review
    The vast expanse of water which is the Sterkfontein Dam lies a few kilometres from the edge of the...
  • Platberg Stadium and Platberg Mountain Platberg Stadium and Platberg Mountain

    Sport Stadium or Club in
    Free State

    1 Review
    The Platberg Stadium lies at the foot of a great Eastern Free State landmark - the 9 kilometre long, 2...
  • Clarens Craft Brewery Clarens Craft Brewery

    Popular Attraction in
    Free State

    3 Reviews
    Enjoy a craft brew as you relax and take on the sights and sounds of Clarens. Clarens Brewery brews fine...
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park Golden Gate Highlands National Park

    Nature Reserve in
    Free State

    2 Reviews
    Famous for its golden sandstone cliffs and abundant antelope and zebra herds, Golden Gate Highlands...
  • Oliewenhuis Art Gallery Oliewenhuis Art Gallery

    Theatre, Gallery or Museum in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Oliewenhuis Art Museum is housed in a Neo-Dutch style mansion which served as residence for the Governor...
  • Philippolis Old Jail Philippolis Old Jail

    Popular Attraction in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Spend a peaceful night in jail! Sleep in an authentic cell featuring incredibly thick walls that are...
  • Mallen Walking Trail Mallen Walking Trail

    Hiking Trail in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Start the Mallen Walk near the tennis courts in Berg Street and follow the signs and arrows. This...
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Free State Restaurants

  • Fumagalli's Restaurant Fumagalli's Restaurant

    Restaurant in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Fumagali's is an upmarket restaurant situated in the CBD of Welkom. The hands on owner is Italian and...
  • Mondrian Restaurant at de Stijl Mondrian Restaurant at de Stijl

    South African Restaurant in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Fresh and contemporary, the Mondrian Restaurant at de Stijl Gariep Hotel prides itself in being “proudly...
  • Alchemy Waschbank River Restaurant Alchemy Waschbank River Restaurant

    Grills Restaurant in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Warm hospitality, awesome food, spectacular views, great service! What more does one want? Alchemy...
  • Ocean Basket Parys Ocean Basket Parys

    Seafood Restaurant in
    Free State

    1 Review
    Ocean Basket is a popular South African restaurant offering hearty, fresh seafood at affordable prices....
  • Heikes Coffee Shop Heikes Coffee Shop

    Restaurant in
    Free State

    1 Review
    You can expect a warm and hearty welcome from Heike at her German-style coffee shop. Relax and enjoy a...
  • Vida and Arte Vida and Arte

    Spanish Restaurant in
    Free State

    1 Review
    This trendy café, which now also offers a breakfast menu, is perfect for a lazy brunch or a light tapas...
  • Feast Feast

    Deli Restaurant in
    Free State

    3 Reviews
    Feast in Parys is a unique restaurant that caters for real foodies. Enjoy light lunches, and wholesome,...
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    Bloemfontein is sort of the Cinderella city of South Africa. It's stuck out there on the N1...
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    Parys, a cosy agricultural country town, is situated in the Northern Free State about 120 km from...
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