Places in Free State
Eastern Highlands & Southern Free State
With the Kingdom of Lesotho tucked into its crook, the mighty Eastern Highlands are the Free State’s star attraction. The wild, rugged border winds its way past snow-shrouded mountains in winter and amber foliage in fall – the views are spectacular, particularly in the northwest around Clarens.
Northern Free State
Pretty country of rolling hills, northern Free State offers a growing number of hiking, mountain-biking and fishing opportunities. Near Parys in the far north, at Vredefort Dome, is the world's largest visible meteor crater, one of South Africa’s seven Unesco World Heritage Sites. Further south is a golden region of maize farms and sunflowers.
The jewel of the Free State, Clarens is one of those places you stumble upon and find yourself talking about long after you depart. With a backdrop of craggy limestone rocks, verdant green hills, spun-gold fields and the magnificent Maluti Mountains, Clarens is a picture-perfect village of whitewashed buildings and quiet, shady streets. It makes a bucolic country retreat.
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