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The Free State lies on the plateau between the Vaal and Orange Rivers in the very heart of South Africa. It's a large, sparsely populated province with the baking Karoo desert in the South stretching to the vast rolling prairies that dominate its landscape. Travellers can explore the Free State's many tourist routes from the majestic, mountainous Maluti Route to the historic, luxurious Diamond and Wine Route. These routes are a superb way to explore its diversity of cultures, see its ancient Khoisan rock art and to take advantage of its people's down-to-earth hospitality.
ClimateThe Free State is warm and temperate in the summer, with summer rainfall, but can get relatively cold in winter, particularly towards the eastern mountainous regions. You will find semi-desert in the western and southern areas.
AttractionsAlthough the Free State's better known as a farming and mining district, it's also an eco-tourism paradise with many parks and reserves. From small private game hunting farms to the immense Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the Free State truly has everything a wildlife enthusiast could want. Even fossil hunting expeditions are available to hunters who don't confine themselves to the animals of the present.
Book one of Protea Hotels' Free State hotels and discover this hidden African jewel today!