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Six stops to make in the Free State

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Surrender Hill Battlefields

There is no greater history lesson than that where you get to recount the historical experience first-hand and Surrender Hill Battlefields Heritage site is a must visit for its Anglo-Boer War history and the spectacular views the hills afford. It’s where there are graves and memorials of soldiers who died there in the conflict that lasted until 1902.

 Clarens

The small town of Clarens often referred to as ‘the jewel’ of the Free State with its breathtaking landscapes of Majestic Maloti Mountain and the Rooiberge, an abundance of trees that each reveals its personality with every change of season. It’s an enchanting tourist attraction full of art, history and adventure.

Bloemfontein

 Visit Free State’s capital city Bloemfontein also known as the ‘city of roses’ due to its abundance of these flowers blooming in the area and the city’s Sesotho name is Mangaung meaning ‘place of cheetahs’. It’s the Judicial Capital and the sixth largest city in South Africa.

Vaal Dam

For water sports enthusiasts visit the Vaal Dam and go sailing on a power or sail craft boat, skiing and swimming. The dam is South Africa’s second biggest by area and the fourth largest by volume and its construction was completed in 1938.  It has more than 80km of shoreline that span through the Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

The Free State province is an inhabitant for its art loving citizens and the Neo Dutch style mansion in Bloemfontein is a symbol of that as the Oliewenhuis Art Museum. It’s the only museum of its kind in the Free State and one of the youngest art museums in the country.

Steam Train Route

Another perk of the Free State is its nostalgic form of rail travel steam trains. Hop on one Ficksburg Steam Train when visiting the province and travel back into time literally on board the largest privately owned collection of narrow gauge locomotives in the world through a schedule of steam runs and get a chance to marvel at the preserved farm, classic and military vehicles on show.

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