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==Regions==
 
==Regions==
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*Eastern Free State
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*Northern Free State
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*Transgariep
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
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*[[Bloemfontein]]
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*Harrismith
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
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*[[Gariep Dam]]
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*[[Golden Gate Highlands Park]]
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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The former Oranje-Vreistaat (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 only little farming due to the [[Karoo]] vegetation.
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[[Bloemfontein]] is the judical capitol of [[South Africa]], mainly because the founders of the South African Union wanted to unite all people, including the Afrikaaner population.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
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Also Afrikaans is still the first language of manyt people, most will definitly understand and speak English, although they might have a bit of an excent.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By car===
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*The '''N1''' highway runs through the Free State. It comes from [[Cape Town]] and goes further to [[Johannesburg]] and [[Pretoria]] and from there to [[Harare]] in [[Zimbabwe]]. Use this route when coming from/going to [[Mozambique]], too.
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*The '''N3''' runs in the east of the Free State through [[Harrismith]]. Use it to go to [[Durban]] or the [[Gauteng]] area.
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*The '''N8''' goes from [[Bloemfontein]] to [[Kimberley (South Africa)|Kimberley]] and further to [[Upington]].
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*The '''N6''' goes south to the [[Eastern Cape]]
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The '''N5''' only serves as a connection between the N1 and the N3.
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===By plane===
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[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.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Best by car, as there are little means of public transport and great distances between each of the towns and cities.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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*[[Bloemfontein]]
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*The [[Gariep Dam]] -- one of the biggest dams in [[South Africa]]
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*[[Golden Gate Highlans Park]] -- Famous park in the north of the [[Drakensberg|Drakensberg Mountains]]
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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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.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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*North-west are [[Kimberley (South Africa)|Kimberley]] with its diamond museum and [[Upington]] near the [[Kgalagadi Transfontier Park]].
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*South-west lies [[Cape Town]], the [[Cape Winelands]] and the [[Garden Route]].
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*North-east is [[Johannesburg]] and the [[Kruger National Park]].
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*South-east is [[Durban]] and the Sunshine Coast.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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Revision as of 13:37, 19 April 2005

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

Contents

Regions

  • Eastern Free State
  • Northern Free State
  • Transgariep

Cities

Other destinations

Understand

The former Oranje-Vreistaat (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 only little farming due to the Karoo vegetation.

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

Talk

Also Afrikaans is still the first language of manyt people, most will definitly understand and speak English, although they might have a bit of an excent.

Get in

By car

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

By plane

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

Get out

External links

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