Places to visit in the Eastern Free State after lockdown
Travelling in these times is taboo, but nothing prevents you from dreaming about a local holiday destination to enjoy freedom after the frustrating lockdown period. Where better than in the Eastern Free State, one of South Africa’s most picturesque regions?
Imagine yourself sitting on the stoep of a farm in the Fouriesburg district and looking out over the Maluti Mountains. Sitting there, enjoying the scenic landscapes, the beauty and tranquillity that surrounds you which is palpable and almost overwhelming.
The Eastern Free State is the land of a thousand pictures and experiences, with each season offering its own attractions — roaring, open fires in winter, cherry blossoms and then succulent fruit in spring, hot summer days and golden autumn sunsets.
The town of Fouriesburg on the R26 is in the scenic Brandwater Basin, surrounded by the Maluti, Rooiberg and Witteberg mountain ranges, on the border of Lesotho. It is named after Christoffel (Rooi Stoffel) Fourie, on whose farm Groenfontein, it was established in 1892.
Characteristic to the environment are numerous sandstone overhangs (cave cliffs) and caves.
With a primarily agricultural economy — wheat, cherries, asparagus, sunflowers, beans, mealies and apples — it also offers unique scenic beauty, activities for nature and adventure enthusiasts, arts and crafts, places of historical and architectural interest, and small-town hospitality.
A quieter alternative to the bustling village of Clarens (just 35km away), Fouriesburg is a comfortable commuting distance from South Africa’s major urban centres: Johannesburg (350km), Durban (400km), Bloemfontein (250km).
In 2013 Fouriesburg was the winner of Kwela Dorp of the Year competition of kykNET and in 2020 it is nominated again. This small town wants to shake its wings again and fly high.
There is always soul in sandstone and not only the surrounding sandstone mountains, but also the sandstone heritage in the village is enchanting. Beautiful sandstone houses will feed your imagination to a distant past.
What you can do in Fouriesburg
Fouriesburg and surrounding areas include hiking trails, art workshops, horse riding, fishing, 4×4 trails, Meiringspoort, Destiny Castle, Queen Victoria’s Rock and historical places like Surrender Hill.
The largest sandstone overhang in the southern hemisphere, Salpeterkrans, is still used for ancestral worship by local tribes. The Surrender Hill marathon is an annual qualifier for the Comrades and cycle race, the ultimate trainer for the Cape Cycle Tour.
Fouriesburg is the starting point for many discoveries. Here man finds rest and peace as a soul-lifting experience. Once a visitor, always a visitor.
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