Adventures in Free State

There are many great reasons to visit the boundless plains of the Free State, the breadbasket in the heart of South Africa. The vast open spaces and great outdoor climate of this welcoming province offer endless outdoor adventure opportunities for adventure seekers.

The mighty Drakensberg and Golden Gate National Park are definite highlights for hikers. The Free State might be landlocked but there are also plenty of water based activities in the Vaal and Ash Rivers.

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Adventures in Free State
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There are many great reasons to visit the boundless plains of the Free State, the breadbasket in the heart of South Africa. The vast open spaces and great outdoor climate of this welcoming province offer endless outdoor adventure opportunities for adventure seekers.

The mighty Drakensberg and Golden Gate National Park are definite highlights for hikers. The Free State might be landlocked but there are also plenty of water based activities in the Vaal and Ash Rivers.

The list of things to do seem to grow every year, but a good start is by a visit to the wealth of historical and cultural attractions in thriving Bloemfontein. From here, make your way north and follow the renowned Highlands Route. Start in Harrismith, end at Zastron and choose your favourite adventures along the way.

In the east, the foothills of the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains raise the terrain to over 2,000 meters. Hiking in the eastern Drakensberg is an outdoor adventure not to be missed.

The weather-sculpted sandstone cliffs are an inspiration to artists who have settled in the thriving town of Clarens. Recently established as a trendy destination with arts, crafts and fine dining, Clarens offers plenty of outdoor activities. Watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon, try paint balling or get up close and personal with the cliffs in a rock climbing adventure.

Spend a morning on horseback exploring nearby Golden Gate Highlands National Park or choose between the many excellent hikes among the magnificent golden sandstone cliffs.

Despite being landlocked, the Free State offers much in the way of water sports. Clarens has some of South Africa’s best trout fishing and paddlers raft on the Ash River year around.

To the south, the Orange River forms the border to the Eastern and Western Cape. Here, the river winds its way north towards the Atlantic Ocean. The Orange flows into one of South Africa’s great engineering feats, the Gariep dam. This inland sea is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts and offers sailing, swimming, paddling and fishing. Not keen on water? Try mountain biking, hiking or a hunting adventure.

In the north, the Vaal River separates the Free State from the bustling province of Gauteng.  Anglers and water sports enthusiasts thrive along the banks of this river that flows through green fertile valleys lined with willow trees.

If you are looking for an adventure in a relaxed, laid back environment, surrounded by natural beauty, then the Free State is where you will find it.

Free State Adventures

Abseiling

So, you need an adrenaline rush in the midst of all the tranquillity of the Free State. Look no further than Thabo Mofutsanyana or eastern Free State where the rugged mountains and golden sandstone cliffs offers fantastic abseiling opportunities. Abseiling is a controlled descent down a rock face. The...

Boat Trips

Although the Free State is landlocked there are still plenty of options for Boat Trips on the many tranquil dams dotted around the boundless plains of this province. Between Ficksburg and Clocolan, the Meulspruit dam is set amongst indigenous fauna and flora. Here avid watersports enthusiast and anglers...

Gliding

So you need to rekindle that zest for life? Start a love affair with the skies on a Gliding Adventure in the Free State. Bloemfontein, in the heart of the region is the perfect place to start. With wide open spaces there are endless possibilities for Gliding. Head south into the empty spaces of the...

Hiking

Hiking in Thabo Mofutsanyana, the eastern Free State, encapsulates the essence of the diversity found in this rural province of wide horizons and blue skies. Discover ancient San rock art, spot your favourite bird or mammal among the prolific wildlife, see the oldest meteorite impact site in the world...

Horse Riding

Come and enjoy the fresh air, sweeping skies and majestic mountains of the Free State on horse-back. Guided outrides cater for all levels of ability and you can choose between different safe scenic rides. Riding horses is an active process. It may seem as if the horse is doing all the work but as you...

Horse Safaris

One of the best Horse Back experiences that you can have is to ride along game on a Guided Horse Safari. The Free State is home to wide open spaces and clear skies, so what better place to explore nature on Horse Back than here. Horse Safari operators offer outrides to suit both beginners and advanced...

Hot-Air Ballooning

For the ultimate morning excursion, book a hot-air ballooning adventure in the Free State. Experience nearly soundless flight and enjoy the panoramic vistas from lofty heights in the comfort of your wicker basket. Every good weather morning, our operators will prepare for an adventure of a lifetime...

Paintball

Everyone loves the thrill of hiding behind bunkers, aiming at the opposition, and then racing between enemy lines – as long as it is a game of course! Painballing is the best way to get a couch potato active. A Paintball game is fast and furious. It is a day spent implementing your strategy in the...

River Rafting

The Free State has plenty of rivers to choose from for a River Rafting Aventure so take your pick from a gentle flowing paddle to manoevering through rapids on a White Water Rafting Adventure. The Ash River near Clarens falls into the White Water category so come here to tackle the exciting grade 4...

Scenic Flights

The Free State is a rural province of wide horizons and blue skies. Here in the land of the windmill, you will find tranquil farmland, magnificent mountains and widely dispersed towns. The best place to view all of this is from up above, comfortably seated on a fixed wing or helicopter scenic flight....

Scuba Diving

Are you ready to begin a love affair with the sea? Scuba Diving is an addictive activity and it often takes just one glimpse of life beneath the surface before you are hooked. Although the Free State is landlocked, this province is also in the centre of Free State, so you can head off on a Scuba Diving...

Skydiving

The Free State is a tranquil province where friendly farmers have time to stop and chat about the weather. It is also a place for great adventures. Millions of years ago a meteorite collided with Earth near present day vibrant Parys. The impact created a large crater; the Vredefort Dome. The best way...

Slackpacking

The Free State is a Slackpackers dream! The foothills of the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains raise the terrain to over 2,000 meters creating an outdoor paradise for a Slackpacking Adventure. Take in the spectacular scenery of the Amphitheatre where you ascend via chain ladders and stop to take in magnificent...

Teambuilding

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White Water Kayaking

White Water Kayaking is a great adrenaline rush. In the Free State, the Vaal River is a fantastic place to learn this fast and exciting sport. Our operators supply all equipment so you just need to bring your sense of adventure.

White Water Rafting

Landlocked Free State offers a surprising amount of White Water Rafting. It is the great rivers that transverse this province that brings White Water Rafters to the Free State from around the world. The Vaal River offers fun rapids while the Ash has grade 4 rapids that will test your skills. Although...