The Free State has a relatively small population of 2,8 million for its size. It has a good infrastructure and a low crime rate.
Here you will experience hot summers with a summer rainfall, and it can be fairly cold in the winter, with heavy frost over most of the province. Often you will see snow on the eastern mountains, and occasionally over the rest of the region.
The Central Free State is also named "The Golden Country". You will find fields of corn and golden sunflowers, and the gold deposits beneath the ground are a source of great wealth. The larger centres such as Welkom, Kroonstad and Virginia have good facilities and entertainment.
Bloemfontein is the capital of the Free State. This is an ideal place to start a tour of the Free State. If you are looking for a relaxing break Kroonstad has all you need, including an excellent holiday resort. If you enjoy wildlife the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve is the Free State's major provincial reserve, offering wildlife, excellent fishing, and a range of sporting facilities.
Visit the renowned Highlands Route starting at Harrismith and ending at Zastron. This route will take you to the Golden Gate National Park, and along the way you will see beautiful mountain scenery and charming country towns.
You will find Gariep Dam resort in the south-west which offers an extensive range of leisure activities including 13 nature reserves, water sports, tennis, bowling, horse-riding, and golf.
The Orange river is South Africa's largest river. It forms the southern boundary of the Free State before winding its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can also find the Gariep Dam. Enjoy swimming, fishing, water-skiing, and yachting or just paddle a canoe down the long, lazy flow of the river.