From fishing in Kroonstad to bird-watching in Bloem, discover the hidden gems of the Free-State

If you have heard of the Gariep Dam, South Africa's engineering masterpiece then you have some idea about the Free State and what it has to offer.

From small charming towns to fields filled with flowers, Free State is a traveler's dream location.

Discover a variety of unique experiences exclusive to the Free State province.

1. Go fishing in Kroonstad

Free State's loveliest town is the best place to be for fishing fanatics. The town's seasonal river has become a fishing prime spot. Take out your sailing boat or enjoy the water sport of your choice at the Serfontein Dam. If you are lucky you may catch a local largemouth yellowfish.

2. Become one with nature and culture in Clarens

The beautiful Golden Gate Highlands Park in Clarens is nestled between the majestic Maluti Mountains, take in the landscape on a horseback ride or enjoy white water rafting if horses are not your thing.

Find out about our neighbouring country at the Basotho Cultural village and visit the king while taking in traditional patterns and vibrant colours synonymous with the Basotho culture.

Beautiful hats for sell in South Africa.

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3. Bird-watching in Bloemfontein

With over 124 bird species, 54 reptile species and 50 mammal species to see the Bloemfontein Botanical Gardens are perfect for a tranquil afternoon or even for research purposes for that school paper. The garden has a display of some of the medicinal plants scattered around, enjoy nature and learn something new while you are at it. The best time to visit the gardens is during the spring season.

Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos)

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4. Enjoy a resort stay in Bethlehem

Enjoy a peaceful stay at the Frontier Inn and Casino with activities that cater to the whole family. There is nothing quite like a weekend away in a cozy hotel. The casino is a playground for mom and dad or with a group of friends. To dine enjoy three other restaurants around the inn for succulent steaks and sizzling burgers.

5. Visit the Vredefort Dome

The Vredefort Dome is the home of the world's largest meteorite suite. Be treated to guided tours of the site and learn about the history of the meteorite that hit over 2,023 million years ago. The site is the main attraction but you can enjoy other activities such as mountain biking and abseiling while you are in the area.

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