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The '''Free State Province''' in [[South Africa]] is situated in the heartland of the [[Karoo]] semi-desert.
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[[Image:South_Africa-Free_State-Cattle01.jpg|thumb|350px|Large areas of the Free State is dedicated to farming]]
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The '''Free State Province''', [http://www.dteea.fs.gov.za/], in [[South Africa]] is situated in the heartland of the [[Karoo]] semi-desert.
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
[[Image:Map-South_Africa-Free_State01.png|thumb|200px|Free State]]
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[[Image:Map-South_Africa-Free_State01.png|thumb|Free State]]
*Eastern Free State
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* [[Lejweleputswa]] - Western Free State, also known as the Free State Gold Fields
*Northern Free State
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* [[Motheo]] (''Sesotho for Foundation'') - In the South East, bordering onto [[Lesotho]]
*Transgariep
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* [[Northern Free State]] - Large portions of this area still show the scars of the Fredefort Dome meteor impact.
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* [[Thabo Mofutsanyana]] - Eastern portion of the Free State, bordering onto the [[Lesotho]] highlands to the south.
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* [[Xhariep]] - The southern grass plains
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
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*[[Vredefort]]
 
*[[Vredefort]]
 
*[[Ladybrand]]
 
*[[Ladybrand]]
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*[[Clarens]]
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
*[[Gariep Dam]]
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===National parks===
 
*[[Golden Gate Highlands Park]]
 
*[[Golden Gate Highlands Park]]
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===Other nature reserves===
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* [[Caledon Nature Reserve]], near [[Caledon]]
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* [[Erfenis Dam Nature Reserve]], just outside [[Theunissen]]
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* Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, at [[Gariep Dam]]
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* [[Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve]], close to [[Fauresmith]]
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* [[Sandveld Nature Reserve]], near [[Bloemhof]]
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* Soetdoring Nature Reserve, just outside [[Bloemfontein]]
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* [[Tussen-die-Riviere Game Reserve]], outside [[Bethulie]]
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* [[Tweefontein Nature Reserve]]
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* [[Willem Pretorius Game Reserve]], near [[Ventersburg]]
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* [[Qwa-Qwa Park]], near [[Harrismith]]
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* [[Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve]], near [[Harrismith]]
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
The former Oranje-Vrystaat (Orange-Freestate) was the heartland of the white Afrikaaner population and therefore most people in this region still speak Afrikaans as their first language. It was one of the first independent states, before joining the South African Union and the people here still live up to the voortrekker traditions of braaing and the Afrikaaner lifestyle. The economy in the Free State is not very strong and there is little farming due to the [[Karoo]] vegetation.
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The former Oranje-Vrystaat (Orange-Freestate) was the heartland of the white Afrikaaner population and therefore most people in this region still speak Afrikaans as their first language. It was one of the first independent states, before joining the South African Union and the people here still live up to the voortrekker traditions of braaing and the Afrikaaner lifestyle. The rich soil and pleasant climate allow a thriving agricultural industry. With more than thirty thousand farms, which produce over 70% of the country's grain, it is known locally as South Africa's breadbasket.
  
 
[[Bloemfontein]] is the judicial capital of [[South Africa]], mainly because the founders of the South African Union wanted to unite all people, including the Afrikaaner population.
 
[[Bloemfontein]] is the judicial capital of [[South Africa]], mainly because the founders of the South African Union wanted to unite all people, including the Afrikaaner population.
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The Free-State is an important agricultural area in [[South Africa]] with beef, and maize the primary products.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
Also Afrikaans is still the first language of many people, most will definitely understand and speak English, although they might have a bit of an accent.
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Afrikaans is still the first language of many, but most will definitely understand and speak English. Be prepared for understanding through the accent.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
[http://www.people.freenet.de/copilot/Bloemfontein-eng.htm Bloemfontein Airport] has flights to [[Johannesburg]] and [[Cape Town]] and some other cities in [[South Africa]]. Flights are operated by the [http://www.flysaa.com South African Airways] family.
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Bloemfontein Airport [http://www.people.freenet.de/copilot/Bloemfontein-eng.htm] has flights to [[Johannesburg]] and [[Cape Town]] and some other cities in [[South Africa]]. Flights are operated by the South African Airways [http://www.flysaa.com] family.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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*[[Bloemfontein]]
 
*[[Bloemfontein]]
 
*The [[Gariep Dam]] -- one of the biggest dams in [[South Africa]]
 
*The [[Gariep Dam]] -- one of the biggest dams in [[South Africa]]
*[[Golden Gate Highlands Park]] -- Famous park in the north of the [[Drakensberg|Drakensberg Mountains]]
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*[[Golden Gate Highlands Park]] -- Famous park in the north of the Drakensberg Mountains
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*[[Rock_climbing#South_Africa|Rock Climbing]]
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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[[Wikipedia:Free_State]]
 
[[Wikipedia:Free_State]]
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Revision as of 19:10, 25 January 2011

Large areas of the Free State is dedicated to farming

The Free State Province, [1], in South Africa is situated in the heartland of the Karoo semi-desert.

Contents

Regions

Free State
  • Lejweleputswa - Western Free State, also known as the Free State Gold Fields
  • Motheo (Sesotho for Foundation) - In the South East, bordering onto Lesotho
  • Northern Free State - Large portions of this area still show the scars of the Fredefort Dome meteor impact.
  • Thabo Mofutsanyana - Eastern portion of the Free State, bordering onto the Lesotho highlands to the south.
  • Xhariep - The southern grass plains

Cities

Other destinations

National parks

Other nature reserves

Understand

The former Oranje-Vrystaat (Orange-Freestate) was the heartland of the white Afrikaaner population and therefore most people in this region still speak Afrikaans as their first language. It was one of the first independent states, before joining the South African Union and the people here still live up to the voortrekker traditions of braaing and the Afrikaaner lifestyle. The rich soil and pleasant climate allow a thriving agricultural industry. With more than thirty thousand farms, which produce over 70% of the country's grain, it is known locally as South Africa's breadbasket.

Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of South Africa, mainly because the founders of the South African Union wanted to unite all people, including the Afrikaaner population.

The Free-State is an important agricultural area in South Africa with beef, and maize the primary products.

Talk

Afrikaans is still the first language of many, but most will definitely understand and speak English. Be prepared for understanding through the accent.

Get in

By car

The N5 only serves as a connection between the N1 and the N3.

By plane

Bloemfontein Airport [2] has flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town and some other cities in South Africa. Flights are operated by the South African Airways [3] family.

Get around

Best by car, as there are little means of public transport and great distances between each of the towns and cities.

See

Do

Eat

Drink

Stay safe

Always have enough water with you, in case your car has a break down. Tell your last hotel where you are going to and which route you use, especially when going into a less populated and rural area.

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