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Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Ficksburg

Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve

This breathtaking, family-owned reserve protects a 3000-hectare stretch of grasslands, stone rock formations and valleys of the Wittenberg mountains. Springbok, black wildebeest, blesbok, oryx, zebra and ostrich are…
Top Choice Cafe in Ficksburg

Cafe Chocolate

Part restaurant, part chocolate factory and part theatre, this is Ficksburg's top eatery and de facto cultural centre. Popular items include homemade pastas, pizzas and Maluti trout, and there's a good selection of …
Top Choice International in Clarens

Clementines Restaurant

The food at this souped-up country kitchen tastes just as good as it looks on the gourmet international menu, featuring everything from rainbow trout with almond butter to tender ostrich fillets. Professional servic…
National Park in Eastern Highlands & Southern Free State

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

The Free State's only national park is known for its dramatic, golden-hued sandstone cliffs and outcroppings, abundant wildlife (including eland, zebra and wildebeest) and centuries-old cave paintings by the San peo…
Brewery in Clarens

Clarens Brewery

Finely crafted local brews such as English ale, stout and IPA go down very well at this exposed-brick bar across from Clarens Sq. You can sample the range – which also includes a number of ciders and a gin – for fre…
Books in Philippolis

Oom Japie se Huis

This wonderful and expansive bookstore lives in a Victorian home dating to 1881, which a previous owner lovingly restored. (In the 90s, the place received an award for 'best restored vernacular house' in South Afric…
Nature Reserve in Eastern Highlands & Southern Free State

Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

The Free State’s largest nature reserve is a combination of the 365-sq-km Gariep Dam (which holds back a vast 6 billion cubic litres of water) on the Senqu (Orange) River and an 112-sq-km wildlife sanctuary on its n…
Village in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Basotho Cultural Village

Within the park you’ll find the small Basotho Cultural Village, essentially an open-air museum peopled by actors depicting various aspects of traditional Basotho life. A two-hour guided hiking trail explores medicin…
Museum in Philippolis

Museum Transgariep

This small museum features a handful of historical exhibits, including a tribute to Emily Hobhouse, who started a weaving school for women after the Anglo-Boer war, and a replica of an early 1800s bedroom, living ro…
Nature Reserve in Eastern Highlands & Southern Free State

Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve

The small Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve is in a beautiful area of the Drakensberg foothills, and home to springbok, zebra, rhebok and wildebeest. Looking out over this expansive dam with its backdrop of rugged pea…