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If you want to explore small town South Africa, a visit to the Free State should top your road-trip agenda. With endless veld, impossibly blue skies and the ubiquitous lonely windmill every few kilometres, this is archetypal South African scenery in its purest form.
Though this province has always drawn history-lovers due to its fascinating Boer past, it was once seen as a staid backwater left off any modern-day traveller’s must-see list. The Free State has come into its own over the past few years on the back of the growing yearning among city dwellers for a more simple way of life. Anthony Trollop wrote, after visiting Bloemfontein back in the 1870s, ‘The town is so quiet and seems to be so happy and contented, removed so far away from strife and want and disorder, that the beholder … is tempted to think the peace of such an abode is better than the excitement of Paris, London or New York.”
Enjoy delicious traditional boerekos (farmer’s cuisine) while staying at one of Portfolio Collection’s handpicked Free State B&Bs, Guest Houses or Farm Lodges, The semi-dessert of the Karoo spills into the south of this province so expect extremes of temperature depending on the time of year you visit - exceptionally hot temperatures in summer, while there’s a chance of snowfalls in winter. Travel to the west and you’ll find open grasslands, while the east offers grand scenery.
Use our Free State map to plan a fascinating foray when planning your Free State travel. And wherever your Free State travels take you, Portfolio can guide you to the best, quality and luxury Free State accommodation in a range of B&Bs, guest houses, farm stays and safari lodges in this South African province.