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The Free State tourism gems include the Golden Gate National
The Free State covering an area of 129 480 square kilometres - is situated in the centre of South Africa, bordered north and south by the Vaal and Orange Rivers and on the west by Lesotho.
Except for the lovely mountainous Eastern Highlands area, its landscape is flat, a mixture of grazing land and extensive fields. Maize, sunflowers, soya, sorghum and wheat are cultivated, with cherries and asparagus in the Ficksburg area in the east.
The capital is Bloemfontein, an important education and judicial centre which, as the countrys most central city, is the meeting place of major north-south routes, including the N1 from Johannesburg to Cape Town, which slices diagonally through the centre of the Free State.
Welkom is the mining hub of the province. The extensive Free State gold fields comprise the southern part of the same reef that is mined on the Witwatersrand. Coal is also mined. Other important towns include Virginia, Kroonstad, Parys and Bethlehem.
The summer rainfall is sparse, especially in the west and south. The province has hot summers and cold winters.
Across the magnificent Orange River there is a region blessed with such beauty and grace that for scores of years thousands of pioneers paid the ultimate sacrifice for the honour and privilege of calling that land their home. Embraced by several of South Africa’s provinces, the Free State assumes it’s rightful place at the heart of the country. After all, it is the hearts of visitors and inhabitants alike that are won by the majesty of the land and the spiritual ethos of a beautiful people.