- Free State
Ficksburg is a beautiful small town situated on the west bank of the Caledon River, the border with Lesotho, at the foot of the Imperani Mountain. It is the only town in South Africa in which a border post is part of the town and it serves as an important gateway to Lesotho.
Visitors come year-round, the town offers spectacular views of the majestic Maluti Mountains, views which change with the seasons, from the purple haze of summer to the snow-clad slopes of winter. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, Ficksburg offers hiking, horse riding, 4X4 trails, mountain biking and water sports and angling are enjoyed on the Meulspruit Dam, which is surrounded by a nature reserve.
Also known as “Cherry Town”, its annual Cherry Festival is the longest running festival in South Africa and is held in November each year, stretching over three days and attracting about 30 000 people. Guests to this quaint town can tour the largest cherry farm in Africa and taste the famous Ionia Cherry Liqueur that has become the landmark of Ficksburg. Ionia offers cherry tours in season from October to November, pre-booking for visits is essential.
Ficksburg offers plenty of accommodation for visitors spending the night. Choices include B&B’s Guesthouses, self-catering units, farm lodges and hotels.
Things to do and see
- Ficksburg Town Hall & Gen. Fick Memorial
- The Old Mill
- Ionia Cherry Farm Tour
- McKinley Chocolates
- Kututsa Hiking Trail
- Waterkloof Hiking Trail
- Constantia Cherry Farm Stall
- Art Workshops
- Pinedene Small Arms Museum (Kromdraai Farm)
- Basotho Cultural Village
- Golden Gate National Park
- Meulspruit Dam
- Maloti Route 26
Ficksburg receives approximately 718 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -1˚C and 20˚C.
Ficksburg was proclaimed a Town on the 16th June 1867. The Basuto War had just ended, and the Orange Free State Government decided to establish three towns in what was called the Conquered Territory. The purpose of the towns was to hold the area taken from the Sotho and provide strong-points to prevent the rustling and raids which had preceded the war.
The town of Ficksburg was named after Commandant-General Johan Izak Fick.
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