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Large areas of the Free State is dedicated to farming
The Free State Province, , in South Africa is situated in the heartland of the Karoo semi-desert.
- 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
Other nature reserves
- Caledon Nature Reserve, near Caledon
- Erfenis Dam Nature Reserve, just outside Theunissen
- Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, at Gariep Dam
- Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve, close to Fauresmith
- Sandveld Nature Reserve, near Bloemhof
- Soetdoring Nature Reserve, just outside Bloemfontein
- Tussen-die-Riviere Game Reserve, outside Bethulie
- Tweefontein Nature Reserve
- Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, near Ventersburg
- Qwa-Qwa Park, near Harrismith
- Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve, near Harrismith
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.
Afrikaans is still the first language of many, but most will definitely understand and speak English. Be prepared for understanding through the accent.
The N5 only serves as a connection between the N1 and the N3.
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.
Best by car, as there are little means of public transport and great distances between each of the towns and cities.
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.