Must see attractions in Free State

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    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…

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    Naval Hill

    During the Anglo-Boer War, this was the site of the British naval-gun emplacements. There are good views from the top of the hill, which is also home to…

  • 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…

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    Oliewenhuis Art Museum

    One of South Africa’s most striking art galleries, the Oliewenhuis Art Museum occupies an exquisite 1935 mansion set in beautiful gardens. An imaginative…

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    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…

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    Anglo-Boer War Museum

    The Anglo-Boer War Museum has some interesting displays, including photos from concentration camps set up not only in South Africa but also in Bermuda,…

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    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…

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    National Women’s Memorial

    Commemorating the 26,000 women and children who died in British concentration camps during the 1899–1902 Anglo-Boer War, the National Women’s Memorial…

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    Loch Logan Waterfront

    Yes, Bloem has a Waterfront, modelled on Cape Town’s. Although it’s a bit tacky, Loch Logan Waterfront is more pleasant than a shopping mall. It’s outside…

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    Venterskroon Information Centre

    At Venterskroon is an information centre where you can watch a brief video on the dome (ask for the English version, unless you understand Afrikaans) and…

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    Orchid House

    This glasshouse has a beautiful, if small, collection of flowers and some dazzling orchids. The surrounding Hamilton Park is an ideal place to take the…

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    National Museum

    A great recreation of a 19th-century street, complete with sound effects, is the most interesting display at this museum. It also has a shop and a cafe.

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    Franklin Nature Reserve

    Atop Naval hill, the Franklin Nature Reserve is a great place for a walk or a short drive to spot zebras, antelope and giraffes.

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    Twin-Towered Church

    A Dutch Reformed church on Floreat Ave that serves as a good landmark for orientation.