With more than 30,000 farms – producing over 70% of the country's grain – on the vast plains of the Free State, it is no wonder the province is called South Africa's breadbasket. The region is one of flat, rolling grassland and crop fields, rising to magnificent sandstone mountains in the northeast. The rich soil and pleasant climate allow for a thriving agricultural industry, while diamond and gold mining is its largest employer. Free State's capital is the sleepy city of Bloemfontein, South Africa's judicial headquarters, locally known as the City of Roses (they even have an annual rose festival!). The Free State is a haven for wildlife. The grassy plains to the south provide ideal conditions for large herds of wildebeest and springbok. The ridges and plains of the north are home to kudu, white rhino and buffalo. The African wildcat, black wildebeest, zebra, white rhino and wild dog can be spotted at the Soetdoring Nature Reserve near the capital. In the northeast, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti mountains, you'll find the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the Free State's prime tourist attraction. This is a sight to behold. The park gets its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on spectacular sandstone cliffs and formations. Close by the quaint town of Clarens houses old sandstone buildings, art galleries and plenty of accommodation
A blast into the past and a very popular little town that postively hums with busy-ness every now and then.Wedged between the toes of the Clarens Mountain and surrounded by the green of weeping willows and red of sandstone, this blast into the past’s ...
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