Free State Adventures

Free State Adventures and Outdoor Activities.

The warm glow of towering sandstone cliffs welcomes the visitor to this high-lying province and is the inspiration for the name of its beautiful National Park; Golden Gate Highlands. With their characteristic basalt caps, these rocky features are part of the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountain foothills. Like other areas of the Drakensberg, dramatic thunderstorms in summer wave a wand of vivid green transforming the land into a sea of lushness.…

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Free State Adventures and Outdoor Activities.

The warm glow of towering sandstone cliffs welcomes the visitor to this high-lying province and is the inspiration for the name of its beautiful National Park; Golden Gate Highlands. With their characteristic basalt caps, these rocky features are part of the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountain foothills. Like other areas of the Drakensberg, dramatic thunderstorms in summer wave a wand of vivid green transforming the land into a sea of lushness. The vast plains of grassland, partly protected by Golden Gate Highlands National Park, are unexpectedly rich in biodiversity. They create a sense of never-ending space.

One of the prettiest villages in South Africa, Clarens, bursting with artists and artisans, provides a wonderful waterhole for weary adventurers and a springboard to exciting activities in the area. White water rafting, mountain and quad biking, abseiling, and ziplining are all popular things to do but it pretty much goes without saying that this part of the Free State is a hiker’s haven and has two strong legs and some curiosity will get you to the wildest places here.

If the heart is willing but the legs, not so much, you can also explore the trails of this iconic area from the back of a horse. In the company of expert riding and adventure guides you’ll move through the spectacular landscape while taking in the fascinating cultural and palaeontological history- dinosaur eggs have been found here!

Nature lovers and activity seekers are not confined to the eastern corner of the Free State. Two mighty South African rivers the Vaal and the Orange form part of its Northern and southern borders. The riverside town of Parys on the Vaal has become a vibrant nucleus of adventure. Impressive dams like the Gariep and the Vanderkloof, have been built along their course. Water sports are fully in play in this landlocked region!

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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...

Camino Routes

The camino routes in Free State. What is a camino route? Below is our list of routes in SA. The original camino is a network of ancient spiritual walks criss-crossing Spain and...

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...

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

Hot-Air Ballooning in the Free State, South Africa - Balloon Rides. A whimsical adventure flying over the Vredefort Dome, the world’s largest meteorite impact zone and UNESCO world heritage site, is certainly one of the highlight adventure activities in the Free State. This is a perfect way to...

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...

Quad Biking

Quad Biking or ATV Rides in Free State is one of the best adventure activities. Much like a four-wheeled, off-road motorbike, quad bikes are easy to learn to drive and make...