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Free State Visitorials

We ♥ the Free State … We’ve asked those in the know, to complete a short questionnaire highlighting their favourites about destinations in the Free State. Stop by before you travel and discover where locals go for the best cup of coffee, their favourite restaurants and shops and much more. We’re letting you in on all of their secrets …

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

I Love Parys Because …

I ♥ Parys

I ♥ Parys

Hi, I’m Andreas Leondios from Le Grand Chateau in Parys in the Free State.

PARYS IS BEST KNOWN FOR being on the outskirts of the largest meteorite impact in the world which resulted in the scenic mountains surrounding Parys. Parys is also renowned for the Vaal River which runs through Parys and the fauna, flora and activities which surround it. Parys also has two beautiful golf courses which have the Majestic Vaal River running through them and a variety of curio, antique and coffee shops.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Kiki’s vintage era photo studio situated on the main road. The photographs are timeless with a choice of sepia, black and white or colour and portray the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s era. Continued

Monday, 21 May 2012

I Love Gariep Dam Because …

I ♥ Gariep Dam

I ♥ Gariep Dam

Hi, I’m Robin van den Berg from Rose Cottage in Gariep Dam.

Gariep Dam IS BEST KNOWN FOR superior accommodation at affordable rates and stunning view of the dam and wildlife.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Gariep Dam wall.

THE BEST Gariep Dam PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the entrance road leading up to the upper town.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Rose Cottage restaurant. Continued

Monday, 20 February 2012

I Love Harrismith Because …

I ♥ Harrismith

I ♥ Harrismith

Hi, I’m Alet from Greensleeves Guesthouse in Harrismith.

Harrismith IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a friendly town. It’s also well known as the halfway stop between Durban and Johannesburg.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Platberg Mountain which is in the Platberg Game Reserve adjoining the Botanical Garden.

THE BEST mountain PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Botanic Garden.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the town hall and the other beautiful, old buildings in town. The town hall is a National Monument; an impressive sandstone and brick building that was built in 1907. Continued

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I Love Ficksburg Because …

I ♥ Ficksburg

I ♥ Ficksburg

Hi, We’re Dennis and Tereza from Malutizicht Lodge in Ficksburg in the Free State.


GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT General Fick’s Monument which is in front of the town hall. The hall itself is a national monument.

THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN on top of Emperani Mountains.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS can be taken anywhere along the R26 to Fouriesburg and Bethlehem.


WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO play scrabble or paint and Dennis likes to play bridge.

I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS summer, BECAUSE it is the coolest place in South Africa. Continued

Friday, 11 November 2011

I Love Bethlehem Because …

I ♥ Bethlehem

I ♥ Bethlehem

Hi, I’m Evette from Lavender Hill Country Estate in Bethlehem in the Thabo Mofutsanyana region of the Eastern Free State.

BETHLEHEM IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beautiful scenery it also has a number of historical sandstone buildings, many of which are now provincial heritage sites.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the old ship at Loch Athlone.

THE BEST nature PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Bethlehem Bird Park.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the Bethlehem Museum and Sol Plaaitjie Dam. Continued

Monday, 5 September 2011

I Love Fouriesburg Because …

I ♥ Fouriesburg

I ♥ Fouriesburg

Hi, I’m Guilletta from Pumula Guest Farm in Fouriesburg.

Fouriesburg IS BEST KNOWN FOR asparagus, unbelievable sandstone rock formations; the ‘Queen Victoria’ is listed as one of the 20 highest loose-standing rock formations in the Free State and the largest rock overhang in the Southern Hemisphere while ‘Salpeterkrans’ is on the way to Clarens.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN INSIDE the old car at Jen-lee’s.

THE BEST autumn colour scene PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN anywhere in the Fouriesburg district.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS can be taken on the tractor outside the Plaas Stoep Pub. Continued

Monday, 25 July 2011

I Love Bloemfontein Because …

I ♥ Bloemfontein

I ♥ Bloemfontein

Hi, I’m Jan Fourie from Camelia Guest House in Bloemfontein in the Motheo Region of the Free State.

Bloemfontein IS BEST KNOWN FOR its friendly inhabitants and its historical sandstone buildings which comprise good material for art photos. If interested in capturing people relaxing at open restaurants, visit the three major shopping centres namely Mimosa Mall, the Waterfront or Preller Square.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Oliewenhuis. The gardens are neat, spacious and well kept. You will find lovely corners in the gardens where you can relax and compile your own setting for photos. Art objects next to the art museum also offer opportunities for creative photos.

THE BEST nature PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN early in the morning at the botanical gardens.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the zoo. Continued

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

I Love Clarens because …

I ♥ Clarens

I ♥ Clarens

Hi, I’m Gavin Northcote from Highland View in Clarens in the Eastern Free State.

CLARENS IS BEST KNOWN FOR great scenery, the outdoors, restaurants and galleries.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN by a friend in front of NG Church in the main street. It is the most beautiful old sandstone building in Clarens.

THE BEST SCENIC PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Golden Gate just 15 minutes outside Clarens.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO hike on the many footpaths, and play tennis.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO visit the many art galleries and coffee shops.

I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS April and May, because of the beautiful autumn colours in the tree around Clarens. September and October are also special months, when the new green leaves of spring are starting to immerge, and all the fruit tree blossoms are in full bloom … Continued