Free State Province
The Free State is one of the nine Provinces of South Africa. The Provice borders a large section of Lesotho and the Maluti Mountains. The KwaZulu-Natal Province can be found to the east, the Northern Cape to the West, the Eastern Cape to the South and Gauteng to the North. You also have the North West Province lying to the northwest of the Free State and Mpumalanga is located to the northeast.
The capital city of the region is Bloemfontein, which is also the judicial capital of the country. Here you will find the University of the Free State as well as the Bram Fischer International Airport. The city is also home to the Free State National Botanical gardens. Bloemfontein also has a number of museums including the National Museum and the Anglo-Boer War Museum.
The Province itself is divided into one large Metropolitan Municipality known as the Manguang Metropolitan Municipality. The region is then further divided into four district municipalities, which then have their own local municipalities.
The Free State is abundant in minerals, but the main income going towards the economy is agriculture. The region is recognised for its corn-fields and interesting enough, you can find that most of the cherry crops produced in the country, comes from the Ficksburg district. You will also find that a large portion of the potato crops for the country, come from the higher regions within the Free State. The province has also increased its interest in manufacturing and exporting.
Besides Bloemfontein, there are a number of well-known towns including Welkom, Bethlehem, Harrismith, Sasolburg and Parys. Properties for sale in places like Bloemfontein include a number of well-priced houses, townhouses and apartments. In places like Parys where you will find the Parys Golf and Country Estate, offers more modern options that come with slightly higher prices than surrounding areas. There are plenty of smaller towns in the Free State that offer more affordable property prices.
One of the larger tourist attractions in the region is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The two most prominent features in the Park include the orange and golden Sandstone Cliffs, which have been severely eroded over the years. The other attraction is the many caves in the area, which showcase some interesting San rock paintings. There is also the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, which claims to be the biggest dam in South Africa. For this reason many like to come and test their fishing skills. There are also many other water sport activities available in the area.
The Basotho Cultural Village is one of the more interesting places to visit, and is located in the eastern side of the Golden Gate National Park. The village represents the lifestyle of the South Sotho Culture dating way back to the 16th century until today. Here you can also eat some traditional meals and visit the art exhibitions and see some live stage performances.
The Free State like all other areas in South Africa has its own provincial sports teams for soccer, cricket and rugby. Whenever there is a rugby match, the Free State locals will be cheering for the Cheetahs.