- Free State
Where the Moon & Stars Shine Brightly
The small farming town of Fouriesburg is situated only 8 km from the Lesotho border at Caledonspoort, in the scenic Brandwater Basin, surrounded by the majestic Maluti, Rooiberg and Witteberg mountains.
Fouriesburg lies in arguably one of the most beautiful corners of the country, spectacular views and friendly folk – if you are looking to clear your head and get in touch with nature then this little town is the spot to choose! The little Caledon River runs gently past the town and visitors are surrounded by many well-known hiking trails, horse trails and 4X4 Trails. Fouriesburg is the gateway to Lesotho, near enough to visit the Katsi dam in a day or go skiing at Afriski and experience some great snow falls in season.
This is an ideal base for visitors looking to explore all that this part of the country has to offer, only 33 km from Clarens, 45 km from Bethlehem, 48 km from Ficksburg and the Golden Gate National Park lies only 55 km away!
Fouriesburg offers a full range of places to stay Guesthouses, Bed & Breakfasts, self-catering units and a quaint Country Inn.
Things to do and see
- Orange Apple Day Trips
- Di Plaaswerf 4X4 Trails
- Emden Bass Dam
- Boesmanskrans Hiking Trail
- Horse Trails
- Surrender Hill
- Die Hoek Winkel
- JenLee’s Country Shop
- Golden Gate National Park
Fouriesburg receives approximately 800 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -1˚C and 19˚C.
During the late nineteenth century, the Groenfontein Farm was donated to the Orange Free State by a local farmer of Huguenot descent. The land was used as a temporary capital during the Second Boer War and so the town of Fouriesburg was founded in 1892. It was named after the owner of the original farm owner, Christoffel Fourie.
The Sesotho name for the town is Mashaeng, which means 'place of big harvests'.
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