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!

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...

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...

Guided Hiking

Guided Hiking in Free State. Time is never more precious than when you are on holiday. If you’re lucky you have 10 days, maybe a bit more and you want...

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...

Rap Jumping

In the east Free State, the foothills of the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains raise the terrain to over 2,000 meters. The weather-sculpted sandstone cliffs are the ideal location for a Rap Jumping Adventure. During a Rap Jump, you descend on a fixed rope in a standing position while facing the ground....

River Boarding

River Boarding in the Free State. The Vaal River in the Free State conjures images of sedately cruising boats, braais by the waters and a cold one in the hand. Recalibrate. The Vaal and other smaller rivers in the area are also a place of extreme adventure. River boarding is a board sport, very popular...

River Rafting

Free State River Rafting Trips. 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...

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing in Free State is an adventure activity in which a person will climb up, over, and across natural rock formations either to reach the top of the peak or rock...

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 South Africa, 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

Team building in the Free State, South Africa - Outdoor adventure activities, events, and functions. Many organizational appraisal systems reward individual performance and therefore foster an environment where people work towards individual goals for personal gain. The success of any organization,...

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...