162 Things To Do in Free State

Lying between the Vaal and Orange Rivers in the heart of South Africa, the Free State is the country's "bread basket", producing over 70% of the grain on 30 000 farms. Consistently blue skies and predominantly prairie-like scenery, accented only by the odd hill and the Eastern Highlands, await the visitor in a part of the country that is imbued with a warm hospitality. From the Maluti Route that follows the Highlands across the border into Lesotho, to pretty towns like Clarens, there are a wealth of activities and breathtaking scenery. Spend time in the city of roses, fossil hunting, exploring Rock Art, or riding a steam train along the Bethlehem-Bloemfontein railway.

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Bloemfontein Parks & Gardens / Wheelchair Friendly

Free State Botanical Garden

The Free State National Botanical Garden is home to some 400 species of plants, mainly from the Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho. A meandering paved path, perfect for the more elderly visitor and the ... more

WHEN?
Daily from 08h00 to 18h00.

Bloemfontein Extreme Sports

Skydiving in Bloemfontein

Only ten minutes outside Bloemfontein, we offer skydiving to all experience levels. From tandem skydives, static line course, accelerated freefall courses and progressive freefall training. Bloemfontein ... more

WHEN?
Various times

Clarens Extreme Sports

Wild Rides Quad Biking

Wild Rides Quad Biking offer quad biking experiences in the Maluti mountains, only 10 km from Clarens. Quad Biking trips range in length from one-and-a-half to two hours depending on the participants' skills ... more

WHEN?
Various times by appointment.

Ficksburg Horse Riding / Extreme Sports

Franshoek Polo School

As one of the more established polo clubs in South Africa, Franshoek offers a unique polo experience. Practice chukkas are usually played three times a week and, for the spectators, sipping ice cold champagne ... more

WHEN?
For booking and availability of tuition please contact us.

Ficksburg Arts & Crafts / Wheelchair Friendly

Art Workshops

Take part in 4 days of creativity and fun in one of South Africa's most scenic locations. The venue is Malutizicht Lodge located between Fouriesburg and Ficksburg in the beautiful Eastern Free State. The art ... more

WHEN?
Art Workshops take place throughout the year. Please enquire for dates.

Fouriesburg Horse Riding

Horse Riding at Mont Plaisir

Enjoy the adventure of horse riding and discover the beauty of the Eastern Free State on horseback at Mont Plaisir Guest Farm. We offer a variety of possibilities for both the experienced rider and the ... more

WHEN?
By arrangement only, please enquire.

Gariep Dam Cafés & Eateries / Casual Dining

Dine at the De Stijl Gariep Hotel

Here at De Stijl we are proudly Karoo. We use Karoo produce where possible - organic, fresh and local is what we believe in. This belief is what makes our food unique and as tasty and as special as it is. Our ... more

WHEN?
Booking essenstial!

Kroonstad Cafés & Eateries / Cafés & Coffee Shops

The Best Cappuccino in Kroonstad

The largest variety of food is found here and only the freshest and finest ingredients are used for meals and freshbakes. Visit them at their new premises situated at 38 Reitz Street Kroonstad. Squirrels ... more

WHEN?
All day, every day

Clarens Cultural Villages / Living Museums

Basotho Cultural Village

A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village which nestles at the foot of huge sandstone mountains, will give you a deeper insight into the lifestyle of the South Sotho from the 16th century to the present. On ... more

WHEN?
Guided tours of the museum are conducted from 09h00 to 16h30 (weekends until 17h00), seven days a week.

Clarens Extreme Sports

River Rafting in Clarens

Exciting grade 3 and 4 white water rafting all year round, 365 days a year! Not rain dependant. The Ash river just outside Clarens in the Eastern Freestate is fed by the Trans Caledon Transfer Tunnel, which pumps ... more

WHEN?
By arrangement.

Deneysville Animal Sanctuaries

Deneys Croc Ranch

The unique experience of seeing the oldest survivors of the pre-Jurassic period in the world is just a couple of minutes away. Crocodiles have survived for 200 million years and are still going strong! Even before ... more

WHEN?
Viewing times of Crocs is Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 16h00.
Feeding time is Saturday and 15h00.

Philippolis Animal Sanctuaries / Big Game & Wildlife

The Tiger Experience at Tiger Canyons

The Tiger Experience includes a tiger talk by John Varty - JV will tell you about the experiment, its mission and objectives and a game drive in a specially protected vehicle where you may get up close to free ... more

WHEN?
By appointment.

Bloemfontein Art Galleries / Museums / Wheelchair Friendly

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is still a relatively young museum even by South African standards. Being only 13 years old, the Museum has shown a steady and interesting growth in its collection. The permanent collection, ... more

WHEN?
Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00; Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00; Sunday and Public Holidays from 13h00 to 17h00. Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Clocolan Arts & Crafts

Lethoteng Weavers

Lethoteng Weavers in Clocolan was started as local women attempted to eke out a living by producing saleable merchandise. Today, Lethoteng Weavers is a successful business that produces beautiful hand woven wall ... more

WHEN?
Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 16h30. Saturdays on request only.

Clarens Art Galleries

Visit the Blou Donki Art Gallery

Situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Clarens in the Sindmill Centre you will find the Blou Donki Art Gallery. The Blou Donki Gallery with its modern, stylish and trendy ambience, showcases artwork by ... more

WHEN?
Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00.

Free State as a destination

If you are considering visiting Free State or have already booked your Free State accommodation, then you are probably keen to see what activities are available and what there is to do in the area. Explore our growing selection of Things to Do in Free State, or view the events that are taking place in Free State during your stay, or suggest an activity if you come across something we've missed.

Tourist regions

Lejweleputswa, Motheo Region, Northern Free State, Thabo Mofutsanyana, Xhariep Region

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