Free State Karoo Town Profiles

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Living the Steam at Sandstone Estates

Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Tanks & Tractors all gather in a ten-day heritage machine festival at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State in April 2017. Here’s why you just can’t miss it.

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Bethulie, Free State

One of the most historically poignant yet delightful towns in the Free State is the southern settlement of Bethulie, near the Gariep Dam.

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Fauresmith, Free State

There are few towns in this world that are bisected by a railway line – Fauresmith in the southern Free State is one of them.

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Gariep Village, Free State

There’s nothing quite like dipping your toes in the waters of Lake Gariep while sipping a sundowner – unless it’s dipping your toes in the pool waters of De Stijl Gariep Hotel overlooking the massive dam at last light.

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Jacobsdal, Free State

Jacobsdal, the village at the western extreme of the Free State’s Horizon Route, has the first wine cellar ever to be built outside of the Western Cape, South Africa’s traditional wine region.

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Jagersfontein, Free State

The dusty little southern Free State dorp of Jagersfontein is the oldest diamond mining town in the world.

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Koffiefontein, Free State

The Koffiefontein Diamond Mine today sports arguably the most eye-pleasing ‘big hole’ in southern Africa.

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Philippolis, Free State

Philippolis is a Free State gem, the kind of town you visit once and decide to live in for the rest of your life.

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Smithfield, Free State

Set on the Friendly N6 highway between Bloemfontein and East London, the little Free State town of Smithfield markets itself as being “halfway to anywhere in South Africa”.

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Springfontein, Free State

If you like farm cricket and Anglo-Boer War relics, then Springfontein should be part of your travel plans.

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