Top 10 places to visit in the Free State
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Enjoy a leisurely drive with Free State car hire

Free State car rental provides an ideal way to explore this culturally rich area spanning many tourist attractions. The fact that there are long distances between towns is one of the primary reasons to visit the Free State. Though the towns are far apart, the scenery that separates them is astoundingly beautiful.

The Free State is the geographical heart of South Africa. It is surrounded by several of the country's other provinces and offers easy access to many popular tourist destinations.

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    1. Basotho Cultural Village

    Set in the Qwaqwa National Park, the Basotho Cultural Village depicts South Sotho lifestyle from the 16th century to the present. Visitors are guided through the village to experience the Sotho's way of life. Take a journey through four centuries of Basotho history, culture and tradition.

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  • Free State National Botanical Gardens

    2. Free State National Botanical Gardens

    Situated in the outskirts of Bloemfontein, the Free State National Botanical Garden is home to some 400 species of plants and is a sanctuary for wildlife. Every season in the Botanical Gardens provides a delight for visitors.

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  • 3. Gariep Dam

    Nestled on the banks of the largest dam in South Africa is Forever Resorts Gariep, an ideal leisure destination. Facilities include luxury chalets, a 3star caravan park, restaurant, bar and a supermarket. With a host of activities, Gariep Dam is a water sport enthusiast's paradise.

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  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

    4. Golden Gate Highlands National Park

    Set against the backdrop of the Maluti Mountains in the north eastern Free State, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is home to a variety of mammals and birds. The most notable features of this park are the golden sandstone cliffs. Experience a unique environment true to its highland habitat.

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  • National Museum Bloemfontein

    5. National Museum

    Established in 1877, the National Museum in Bloemfontein is a curator of natural cultural history. Home to an abundance of displays and collections, including the Florisbad Skull and one of the largest known dinosaurs, the museum provides both an informative and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

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  •  Naval Hill Observatory Theatre

    6. Naval Hill

    Located within Franklin Game Reserve, in the heart of Bloemfontein, Naval Hill offers an escape into nature and panoramic views of the city. Located atop Naval Hill, the Lamont-Hussey Observatory was officially opened in 1928 by the mayor of Bloemfontein. It was owned by the University of Michigan and closed in 1974 when the 27 inch refractor was dismantled and the building transformed into a drama theatre - today known as the Observatory Theatre.

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  • river rafting free state

    7. River Rafting

    Those seeking an adrenaline fix should look no further than white-water rafting in the Free State. White-water river rafting is a popular adventure activity in South Africa. It's not difficult to see why; the rivers of South Africa have it all, dramatic scenery, remote wilderness, exciting rapids, and African charm. Experience the serenity of nature and the excitement and thrill of adrenaline-pumping rapids.

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  • free state tourism routes

    8. Tourism Routes

    The Free State has much to offer all tourists, whether they're looking for an action packed adventure or a well deserved break. Follow one of the many tourism routes through the Free State and explore the scenic highlands, experience a different culture or get lost in the history of gold mining.

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  • Vredefort Dome

    9. Vredefort Dome

    Dating back 2023 million years, this World Heritage Site is the oldest meteorite crater on earth; with a radius of 190 km, it is also the largest and the most deeply eroded. The Vrededfort Dome Conservancy is a leading adventure tourism site, attracting hikers, river rafters and campers alike.

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  • Windmill Casino & Entertainment Centre

    10. Windmill Casino & Entertainment Centre

    Set in the capital of the Free State, this representation of Moulin Rouge encourages guests to enjoy the lively and playful setting. With entertainment facilities for children, a casino, a hotel and a retail section, the Windmill seeks to satisfy the whole family.

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