With its historical and cultural attractions, there is something to tempt every visitor or local’s fancy in the Free State. The Free State is a province filled with historical wealth and awesome beauty and it offers an authentic tourism experience.
Wish upon a star
Gaze up at the mysteries of the universe in the first digital planetarium in Sub Saharan Africa, the Naval Hill Planetarium. Opened in 2013, the digital planetarium was built as a result of a joint and is an entertaining, educational and exciting way to learn about stars, galaxies and parallel universes.
Tickets cost R50 for adults and R30 for students and pensioners.
Contact 051 401 9751 to find out times, show schedules and to book.
Go fishing on the banks of the lazy Modder River, 26km from Bloemfontein on the N8. This is the best way to keep your children entertained all day long and for under R100. Pack a picnic and enjoy summer days along the river.
Day visitors pay from R40 per person in summer (R60 on public holidays in summer). No entrance after 3pm.
The Farmer’s Market in Langhovenpark, known as the “Boeremark” is one of the longest running farm markets in Bloemfontein. This outdoor market is full of stalls selling all kinds of organic food and fresh produce, magnificent cheeses and handcrafted treasures that will keep you coming back for more.
Open every Saturday from 7am to 1pm. Entry is free.
Life’s a picnic
The Free-State National Botanical Gardens is the perfect place for a bit of down time in nature. The gardens are home to 54 reptile species and 140 bird species. The harmony of this special garden has been achieved by retaining and highlighting the best elements of its natural landscape.
Open seven days a week, entrance for adults and students is R20, for senior citizens and scholars tickets cost R14 and for children at pre-school entrance is R10.
Contact 051 436 3530
Take a hike
Golden Gate Highlands National Park is a jewel in the Free State crown, and it costs next to nothing to explore this untamed wilderness. Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains, it has trails, hikes and walks that will keep you busy for days.
Entry fee is R40 per adult, kids R20.
Clarens Brewery is set against the foothills of the magnificent Maluti Mountains. Offering a large selection of ales and ciders, the brewery is also home to a pub which serves authentic pub meals, with prices ranging from R50 to R100.
The Basotho Cultural Village, in Golden Gate Highlands National Park, is a chance to experience a unique way of life. The village is a rest camp that resembles an 18th century Basotho Village combined with replica homesteads.
A guided tour of the cultural village costs R70 per adult and R40 per child between six and 16 years.
Destiny Castle is one of Fouriesburg’s best-kept secrets. The castle is built literally on top of a mountain with 360 degree views into Lesotho and over the Witteberge. It’s truly a bird’s eye view of Lesotho and the world.
Guided tours are offered on a daily basis.
Contact 082 330 7672
Gallery on Leviseur
Good coffee and art are on offer at this elegant gallery which hosts talented contemporary sculptors, artists and new work by South African talent. Stop in for a tranquil coffee or attend one of their stylish events and stay current with art trends and artistic developments.
Open from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday, on Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
Contact 082 835 2335
Ruins Paintball and Airsoft Field is a must for keen games strategists and adventure lovers. Keep an eye out for their occasional night events such as their Zombies versus Aliens paintball games – R100 for gear and 100 paint balls.
Contact 079 504 9100.