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Free State

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Free State
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Quick Facts
Capital Bloemfontein
Government South African Providence
Currency South African Rand (ZAR)
Area 129,825 km2
Population 2,753,200(2013 est)
Language Official: Afrikaans, Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa, Zulu
Religion n/a
Electricity 220-240V/50HZ (South Africa plug)
Time Zone UTC +2

The Free State Province, [1], 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


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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.

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


Afrikaans is the first language of many people in the Free State, but most will be bilingual in Afrikaans and English. Be prepared for understanding through a strong Afrikaans accent.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

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

By plane[edit]

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[edit]

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

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Stay safe[edit]

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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