Maloti Route 26

Popular Tourist Routes in or near Fouriesburg, Thabo Mofutsanyana in Free State, South Africa.

Free State Tourist AttractionsMaloti Route 26

Where? A 300km Drive between Rouxville and Fouriesburg in the Eastern Free State.

Overnight? Stay in Fouriesburg, in Free State

The Maloti Route covers the distance between Rouxville and Fouriesburg in the Eastern Free State; a self-drive tarred road that hugs the Maluti Mountains - a series of sandstone cliffs that form the border between the Free State and Lesotho.

This 300 km stretch is one of the most scenic drives in the country.

Named for the major feature of the route, the Maluti Mountains form the backdrop, their shifting shapes changing with the time of day and season; a constant companion along Route 26.

There is lack of consensus as to the 'official' length of the route. Some say the route links Ladybrand, in the east, to Rouxville, in the west. Others lament that to stop there is to exclude the delightful towns of Ficksburg, Clocolan, Fouriesburg and Clarens.

An alternative is to follow Route 26 as far as Ficksburg, from Rouxville, and then add the diversion up the R70 to the little artist's retreat of Rosendal – a popular weekend retreat for Gautengers.

Certainly, if you use Route 26 as your guide then you could follow it all the way to Fouriesburg continuing on Route 711 to Clarens, and Route 712 to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park with Phuthaditjhaba as the route's easternmost boundary.

Rouxville, Zastron, Wepener, Ladybrand, Clocolan, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg and Clarens – each of these little towns has a character of its own – particularly the less-frequented towns to the south west, where they are less-geared to tourists than those to the east of the route.

Highlights include: the vulture colony in Zastron, Wepener's Sorrow Mountain on the border with Lesotho, Ficksburg's cherry festival, hiking trails in and around the farms of the area, and Fouriesburg's sandstone cottages (a lovely alternative to Clarens).

Check the condition of Route 26 ahead of driving as, whilst tarred, you could experience potholes and road repairs. To drive the route comfortably, set aside three days with overnights in towns of your choice.

Additional reading

For an in depth review and photographs see "Move Over Route 62 - Route 26 is more than just a Pretty Face".

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Sandstone Chameleon Country House

Guest House / Self Catering

Sandstone Chameleon Country House

Sandstone Chameleon Guest House is located in Fouriesburg, in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. The six charmingly ... more

The Copper Kettle

Guest House

The Copper Kettle

Copper Kettle offers bed and breakfast accommodation in walking distance of the town’s centre, where various restaurants, ... more

Old Mill Drift Guest Farm

Self Catering

Old Mill Drift Guest Farm

Old Mill Drift Guest Farm is a family and pet friendly place on a picturesque farm which is surrounded by forest with ... more


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