Free State DestinationsFrankfort, Northern Free State
Roughly 30 km from the N3, and an hour from Warden, Frankfort might serve fundamentally as a farming community town but it also makes an easy detour from the major route between Johannesburg and Durban - for those who prefer 'off the beaten track' to the more obvious stops.
Frankfort is a town like many other farming towns in the Free State, its wide streets and restored cottages little marred by walls or electric wire fences, although the obligatory 'us and them' dividing line exists – in the form of a grassy no-man's land, between Frankfort and Namahadi.
Frankfort's main street, formerly Brand Street now JJ Hadebe Street, is pretty, a beautiful stone church built in 1873 easily visible on the rise across the road from an array of disorganised shops selling anything from cheap China clothing to car parts. The Dutch Reformed church is not the only historically relevant building in Frankfort. The Edwardian Magistrate's office, the sandstone Police Station, and the Post Office are all national monuments, side-by-side.
A detour to Namahadi's Art and Crafts Centre will allow you to see local cultural crafts and beadwork. There is a list of tour guides that can take you through the township.