157 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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Cycling / Sight Seeing

Bokpoort Mountain Bike Trail

Overnight? Stay in Clarens
In the foothills of the spectacular Maluti Mountain Range in the Free State Province is the little town of Clarens. It has all of the charm and beauty of a typical ...

Monuments / Museums

Vegkop Battlefield Monument & Museum

Overnight? Stay in Heilbron
The farmlands of the Northern Free State may be serene and scenic in our modern times, but these once soaked up the blood of hundreds of warriors who were vying for ...

Hiking Trails

Rhebok Hiking Trail

Overnight? Stay in Clarens
Start: Glen Reenen Rest camp, Golden Gate National Park Finish: Golden Gate National Park Duration: 2 days, 31 km circular walk Fitness: moderate to ...

Arts & Crafts / Farm Stalls & Markets

Kuilfontein Farmstall

Overnight? Stay in Springfontein
If you travel along the N1 you have to stop off at Kuilfontein Farmstall. Here you will find a treasure trove of Karoo style goodies from arts and crafts produced ...

Hiking Trails / Sports & Leisure / Walks & Hiking

Clarens Conservancy Trails

Overnight? Stay in Clarens
Start: in and around Clarens Finish: in and around Clarens Duration: between 1 km and 4.5 km Fitness: moderate to easy Our tip: take the Mallen trail if you are ...

Nurseries / Family Entertainment

Oppie Plaas Parys

Overnight? Stay in Parys
Fresh, steaming coffee and homemade delights are the order of the day at Oppie Plaas Parys. This farm has been passed through four generations of the family, being ...

Hiking Trails

Bald Ibis Trail

Overnight? Stay in Harrismith
Start: 25km outside of Harrismith at base camp Finish: base camp Duration: 2 days with a total of 27 km Fitness: moderate, although the first day can ...

Hiking Trails / Walks & Hiking

Bell's Pass Hiking Trail

Overnight? Stay in Winburg
Start: just outside of Winburg on Bell's Pass Finish: back where you started Duration: 18 km over two days, or two separate day hikes Fitness: moderate Our ...

Hiking Trails / Wheelchair Friendly

Holhoek Hiking Trail

Overnight? Stay in Bethlehem
Start: base camp, Holhoek Farm between Bethelehem and Senekal Finish: base camp Duration: 2 days, 20 km Fitness: moderate Our tip: the highlight is the examples ...

Hiking Trails

Waterkloof Hiking Trail

Overnight? Stay in Ficksburg
Start: Langesnek hut, Moolmanshoek Nature Reserve, 45 km from Ficksburg Finish: Langesnek hut Duration: 22 km for 2-day option (33 km for 3-day option) Fitness: ...

4x4 Trails

Moolmanshoek 4x4 Trail

Overnight? Stay in Rosendal
The Moolmanshoek 4x4 Trail actually comprises a number of routes that are ideal for the different vehicle capabilities and driving experiences of local and ...

Hiking Trails

Kututsa Hiking Trail

Overnight? Stay in Ficksburg
Start: the barn on Franshoek farm, eastern Free State around Ficksburg/Fouriesberg Finish: the barn, Franshoek farm Duration: 22 km over 2 days Fitness: moderate ...

Hiking Trails

Kameelkop Hiking Trail

Overnight? Stay in Marquad
Start: Rietfontein cattle farm, near Marquard Finish: Rietfontein farm Duration: 23 km over 2 days Fitness: moderate Our tip: if the feedback from recent hikers ...

Cafés & Eateries

Rosa Restaurant & Theatre

Overnight? Stay in Rosendal
The beautiful Free State offers endless landscapes where the browns and greens of the land rise to meet the clear, high skies for which this continent is known. It ...

Malls & Shopping

Turksvy Trading

Overnight? Stay in Rosendal
In South Africa, a "turksvy" is another name for a prickly pear – a cactus with delicious sweet fruits that have a unique appearance and texture. These are popular ...

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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