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Take the N6 from Bloemontein to Aliwal North – The Free State’s Flipside
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Take the N6 from Bloemontein to Aliwal North – The Free State’s Flipside

The Free State gets a raw deal. Placed as it is in the middle of the country, most people simply travel through it without giving it more than a once over.It doesn't have mountains (unless you count the Malutis way over east) nor does it have a coastline t...
I Love Fouriesburg Because …
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I Love Fouriesburg Because …

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 larges...
Clarens entices, enchants and continues to appeal
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Clarens entices, enchants and continues to appeal

The town of Clarens has been on the lips of enthusiasts for years. It's used as the yardstick for just about any town in the vicinity of the Free State, so I was curious on entering - not having visited for about six years. Would the town have retained its art...
Route 26 is more than a Pretty Face – Move over Route 62
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Route 26 is more than a Pretty Face – Move over Route 62

We travelled Route 26, which is also part of the not much publicised Maloti Route all the way to Fouriesburg, where we then turned onto the R711 to Clarens. The drive winds through and past the towns of Zastron, Vanstadensrus, Wepener, Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Cl...
A rose by any other name – how Rosendal steals the show in the Free State
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A rose by any other name – how Rosendal steals the show in the Free State

Rosendal has managed to get onto the map. I'm not sure how, because in searching for it you begin to wonder how the average person gets there at all, nevermind how the former farming community managed to find its way into the social whirl of a 'happening' litt...
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 th...