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It’s the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, my cherry!
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It’s the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, my cherry!

Ficksburg didn't mean that much to me until I visited the pretty little town set on the banks of the Caledon River. It lies at the foot of the beautiful Imperani Mountain in the Free State, for those of you who didn't know, and I had only heard of it before the festival because a school friend of mine hailed from there (and since we were at school in Durban at the time, you can understand how she was regarded with a fair amount of  incredulity). First off let me say that if you're a fan of cherries, then this is the festival to attend. For the last couple of years at least, cherries seem to...
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Free State Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the Free State
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Free State Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in the Free State

Don't let the fact that the Free State is completely landlocked, and described with  regularity as 'flat', deter you from seeking adventure in this hidden treasure. The Northern Free State, possibly because of its proximity to Gauteng, is fast earning itself a reputation for perfect weekend getaways that include the Vaal River, Vaal dam and numerous game farms.  That together with the Vredefort Dome, pretty undulating hills, and the 'golden country' of the Central Free State - dotted with fields of corn and sunflowers and plenty of modern little towns - and not forgetting 'Bloemies', as Blo...
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Horses on a Free State Farm
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Horses on a Free State Farm

"Horses on a Free State Farm" was sent to us by Peter Taylor from Botswana. If horse riding is your thing you might want to combine your holiday in South Africa with horse riding. The Free State with its wide open spaces and fantastic scenery is an ideal place to do just this. See our suggestions on where to go horse riding in South Africa or Free State Horse riding if you are looking for things to do on your next holiday ... Horses on Free State farm - By and © Peter Taylor (Botswana) Save
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Discovering Free State
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Discovering Free State

At first glance, the Free State may not seem like the ideal choice of holiday destination. For one it is landlocked and has an economy based on agriculture and large-scale mining - which can lead to some pretty bland scenery. The Free State is, however, starting to emerge as a holiday destination with towns like Clarens patricularly gaining in popularity. This small town, situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the East of the province, has firmly established itself as a trendy destination and offers fine dining, arts and crafts, trout fishing, and outdoor activities. This,...
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