With the world cup shedding light on South Africa, local tourism is getting the kick it desperately needs. While large centers like Cape Town and Johannesburg are already popular with tourists, smaller venues are getting the attention they deserve. This is a very diverse country, and diversity includes much more than just its people. The Free State is probably the least “famous” state in South Africa, but arguably the most authentic.
Known for its wide open spaces, this area is dominated by farming communities and old South African charm. Because Bloemfontein is the largest city, much of the Free State is unaffected by major development, you can drive for hours on long roads and see nothing but strange sheep here and there.
What makes the Free State so special is that it is unlike anywhere else in the world. Local Farm shops selling traditional food and crafts from small towns are more than just a fascinating experience. Small artists’ societies like those in Clarens are like stepping into a new universe, the natural beauty of the Golden Gate mountain range lets you explore the stunning natural beauty.
The best way to explore the stunning natural beauty of the province is by car. Flights from Johannesburg land in Bloemfontein every 3 hours and you can pick up a car from the airport. Hotels are scarce, but that’s the best part. Inns and Hostels are the way to go, and many farms allow guests in, a great way to see authentic South African life in a province known for its old-school charm.