Top things to do in Northern Free State

Top Choice Microbrewery in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

The Dog and Fig

A craft brewery in the picturesque outskirts of Parys offering excellent brews, a lovely setting and free, informal tours. The brewmaster brings in top-quality hops and malt from Germany, and his creations pair well…
Top Choice International in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

O’s Restaurant

In this stylish, thoroughly satisfying restaurant down by the river, have some deep-fried calamari strips followed by peri peri steak, or fillet flambé prepared at your table. The pizza menu is also worth a browse, …
Bistro in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

Hoi Polloi Bistro & Boutique Caffe

A split-level restaurant adorned from top to bottom in oddities, antiques and memorabilia – but with two distinct menus. The creaky but elegant upstairs is the bistro, serving dishes like warthog carpaccio, gemsbok …
Wildlife Reserve in Kroonstad

Willem Pretorius Game Reserve

Off the N1, about 70km south of Kroonstad, is the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, one of Free State’s biggest recreation areas. Divided by the Sand River and Allemanskraal Dam, the reserve encompasses two ecosystems:…
Pub Food in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

Venterskroon Inn

This former brothel turned pub is the perfect spot for a beer after exploring the Vredefort Dome, and on Sunday afternoons it hosts a famous, three-course lunch (reservations essential). Guests who overdo it can cra…
South African in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

Plum Tree

Filled with old knick-knacks and antiques from the times of the Voortrekkers, this artsy coffee shop serves good, old-fashioned Afrikaner food. Expect things like skilpadjes (lamb's liver cocooned in netvet, a membr…
Pub in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

Pickled Pig Ale House

This sprawling alcove consists of a small courtyard, a bar and back patio off Bree St. A local favourite, it’s good for a refreshing ale after an afternoon’s browsing in the local shops or a dusty drive around Vrede…
Nature Reserve in Kroonstad

Koppies Dam Nature Reserve & Resort

The 40-sq-km Koppies Dam Nature Reserve, about 70km northeast of Kroonstad on the Rhenoster River, is popular with anglers. Yellowfish, barbell, mudfish and carp are all abundant. Sailing and canoeing are also very …
Cafe in Kroonstad

Plumbago Garden Centre and Coffee Shop

Tucked into a historic home surrounded by a gardening complex, this cute little coffee shop serves classic pizza and pastas, along with healthy salads, burgers and specials like hot chicken livers. The coffee and mi…
Nature Centre in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

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 organise guided walks (per person from R80) around the nearby…