Free State

Eighteen kilometres from Bethlehem, Lionsrock is a 12.5-sq-km sanctuary and wildlife park for big cats rescued from all over the world and includes lions, cheetahs and leopards. There are also many species of antelope and wild dog, and guided game drives are offered. Accommodation is also available (per person including breakfast R750, four-person cabins R2310).

Hiking trails, sunset drives and birdwatching tours are also popular with guests.

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Nearby Free State attractions

1. Golden Gate Highlands National Park

20.32 MILES

The Free State's only national park is known for its dramatic, golden-hued sandstone cliffs and outcroppings, abundant wildlife (including eland, zebra…

2. Basotho Cultural Village

23.78 MILES

Within the park you’ll find the small Basotho Cultural Village, essentially an open-air museum peopled by actors depicting various aspects of traditional…