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1. Bethlehem

Friendly Heart of the Free State Bethlehem lies in the valley at the northern tip of the Maluti mountain range and close to the towns of Clarens and Fouriesburg. For those who appreciate history and architecture, Bethlehem features numerous Victorian sandstone buildings that can be viewed on the Sandstone Walking Tour – the route can be obtained from the Bethlehem Tourism office. The town’s proud history is reflected in these beautiful sandstone buildings and many have now been proclaimed national monuments that are still used today as churches, museums, restaurants, coffee shops and businesses. Bethlehem is surrounded by the beautiful and unique scenery of the Eastern Free State and on the outskirts of the town visitors can find various retreats offering many forms of outdoor…

2. Kroonstad

Third Largest Town in the Free State Kroonstad is situated almost exactly halfway between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, a perfect pitstop when travelling along the N1. Not just a pitstop though, Kroonstad is also a wonderful destination to visit. It is said to be one of the Free State’s loveliest towns - the green agricultural lands bring a sense of peacefulness to the town which lies on the banks of the Vals River. Loved for its wide, open spaces and abundance of vegetation, Kroonstad is a paradise for nature lovers. Activities include fishing on the Vals River or Bloemhok Dam, hiking trails, birdwatching, horse riding and golfing at the Kroonstad Country Club! Kroonstad has a few immaculately preserved historical buildings which give it a nostalgic atmosphere. Some of the fine…

3. Lindley

Lindley is a tiny town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the north eastern Free State. The town is most well-known for its still working Mill, yes Lindley is that tiny, but don’t dismiss this town just yet! Lindley is quite a special little town and has become fairly popular as an inland holiday resort for those who love history and the outdoors. Lindley is a typical Free State farming town, visit the unique working mill, buy some homemade Afrikaans goodies at the local “Winkel, visit the pretty churches and soak up the warmth and character from this precious dorp. Lindley bubbles over with history and hospitality! For visitors who enjoy the outdoors, a weir has been built across the river and this holds back a 5 km stretch of deep water ideal for fishing, boating and…

4. Steynsrus

Steynsrus is a small farming town situated between Kroonstad and Senekal, roughly 50 km from both. This is a large cattle farming area, home to approximately only 1 500 residents and wonderful hospitality. The little picturesque town offers all the essentials including small cafés and quaint restaurants. Steynsrus is an old fashion town, and as to be expected, visitors will find its’ impressive Church in the centre of town – a sandstone church which is a fine reflection of turn-of-the-century sandstone architecture worth seeing. Steynsrus doesn’t offer too much by way of accommodation except for a few self-catering guesthouse in the area however, Kroonstad offers many accommodation options for visitors who would like to take a day trip into the small town. Things to do and see…

5. Viljoenskroon

Viljoenskroon is a small maize and cattle farming town in the Free State province. It is named after the original farm owner J. J .Viljoen and his horse Kroon (Crown). Viljoenskroon has its own radio station called Overvaal Stereo 96.1FM