Most people in South Africa tend to avoid the Free State as much as possible, because the Free State can be a bit unpleasant at times, if you’re not use to the windy conditions, however one gets use to it in a jiffy.
The entire trip will consist of 3 Free State towns: Sasolburg, Parys, Kroonstad.
This is a short trip and should be done in a week or two, I would suggest, however you can always do it longer or faster according to the time you wish to take.
Our first stop will begin in the Northern Free State in the town called Sasolburg, which was mainly created as a town to provide homes for the employees of Sasol.
What to do in Sasolburg:
Visit the Etienne Rousseau Theatre
There are tons of shows to see and it is easy to book to see a show, simply visit their website (http://www.etiennerousseautheatre.co.za) or just book on computiket.
Go hiking at the Leeuwspruit Hiking Trail
The hike varies from 20 minute hikes to a 2 hour hike. The hike is a lovely hike for bird enthusiast as there are plenty water birds to see along the Leeuwspruit. The hike will also provide hikers with the chance of seeing wildlife and different types of trees.
Accommodation in Sasolburg:
Indaba Hotel Sasolburg
The Indaba Hotel is located in Sasolburg and is a three star hotel. It offers a daily breakfast buffet. The rooms varies from luxury rooms to rooms that are more affordable for groups/sports bookings.
To stay at the Indaba Hotel enquire here: http://www.proportal.co.za/accommodation/south-africa/free-state/sasolburg/indaba-hotel-sasolburg-PA46546
Caesars Guest House and Conference Centre
The Caesars Guest House is a five star accommodation with luxurious rooms, beautiful gardens and a conference venue.
To stay at the Caesars Guest House enquire here: http://www.proportal.co.za/accommodation/south-africa/free-state/sasolburg/caesars-guest-house-&-conference-centre-PA45423
Where to next:
The next stop is Parys. It is about 33 Minutes away from Sasolburg and a total of 44,2 km away, which is a rather quick journey. The town is an agricultural town with industries in cattle, peanuts, sorghum, sunflowers and maize. Parys has many little things that can keep you busy for hours.
What to do in Parys:
Visit the self-pick berry farm, Bon-Af Landgoed
The berry farm is a must! There are over 80 varieties of berries, and you can have a guided tour through them. You can pick the berries and you will be given your own container to keep them in!You will be able to pick berries such as: gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, black currants, elderberries, and black nightshade amongst many more.
The Bon-Af Landgoed is open between 08:00-17:00, seven days a week, with holidays included. Please take not that pick time is the end of November till the end of March.
There is also a wide variety of products available for purchase on the farm such as homemade jam, dried fruit, berry Ice cream and many more.
On the farm is also a Museum of old historical items, which will easily take you back in time.
Visit The Dog and Fig Brewery
The brewery has a total of five beers: Alternative Ale, Aardige Ale, Stewig Stout, Wafferse Weiss and Baldadige Buchu, which you can gladly try out.
Lunch at the Brewery is by arrangement only, so if you plan on having lunch there, keep this in mind.
The Dog and Fig Brewery is located on the Klein Afrika Farm just outside of Parys and it is within the Vredefort Dome (Crater).
Visit The Dog and Fig Brewery Facebook Page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dog-and-Fig-Brewery/321461156980?sk=info&tab=page_info
Visit the Koepel Mega Zip Adventures
A fun experience for those who are adventurous. Enjoy going zipling through the beautiful hills of the dome with a 600m slide to each side, totalling a thrilling of 1200m.
Visit their website for more information: http://www.koepelmegazip.com/
Visit the Vredefort Dome
The Vredefort Dome is South Africa’s Seventh World Heritage site. The Crater is currently the largest and one of the oldest discovered meteor impact site in the world.
There are tons of things that can be done at the Vredefort Dome like: river rafting, abseiling, mampoer tasting, canoeing amongst other things.
To find out more about Vredefort Dome visit their website: http://www.vredefortdome.co.za/
Accommodation in Parys:
Art Lovers Guesthouse
The Art Lovers Guesthouse is located in the heart of Parys. It is a stylish Guest house with six luxury suits. These suites include comfortable handmade furniture and original art pieces. The venue is also available for functions and weddings.
To stay at the Art Lovers Guesthouse enquire here:
Carryblarie River Retreat
The Carryblarie River Retreat is a 4 star accommodation situated on the banks of the Vaal River, it offers seven double rooms and one family suite, and all rooms are en-suite.
Breakfast is served daily, dinner can also be included according to preferences.
To stay at the Carryblarie River Retreat enquire here: http://www.proportal.co.za/accommodation/south-africa/free-state/parys/carryblaire-river-retreat-PA429
Where to next:
Kroonstad is the next stop, it is approximately 92, 3 km from Parys and it is more or less an hour’s drive. Kroonstad lies on the banks of the Vals River a tribute of the Vaal River, the town is known as one of the prettiest towns in the Free State.
What to do in Kroonstad:
Visit the Barnato White Lion Breeding Project
Have a fun experience by visiting the white lion breeding facility, and stand a chance to meet these beautiful wild animals.
Please remember to make reservations ahead of time:
Contact: Hannes Wiegand
Google Maps: https://www.google.co.za/maps/place/Barnato+white+lion+breeding+project/@-27.600194,27.230043,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x35bb138afb4a31a9
Visit the Kroonpark Holiday Resort
This is a holiday resort that has fun in store for the entire family, with a swimming pool, supertube, splash pool and pedal and rowing boats that can be utilised in the freshwater lake.
There is also an 18-hole golf course with a clubhouse next to the resort for golf lovers.
There is a self-catering accommodation, which consists of either a 2 bedroom, 4 bedroom, 6 bedroom self-catering chalets. The chalets are thatched and are fully equipped will all cuterly and crockery. There is a living room, kitchen and bathroom in the chalet and bedding is provided. However you need to bring your own towels.
To stay at the Kroonpark Holiday Resort enquire here: http://www.proportal.co.za/accommodation/south-africa/free-state/kroonstad/kroonpark-holiday-resort-PA47519
Other accommodation in Kroonstad:
Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast Kroonstad
This is a lovely establishment in a quiet neighbourhood, it is a combination of old world charm combined with modern luxury. The rooms are stylish and have en-suit bedrooms.
With the privacy of your own B&B private entrance, braai facilities and lock-up car ports, it is almost as if being right at home.
To stay at the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast Kroonstad enquire here: http://www.proportal.co.za/accommodation/south-africa/free-state/kroonstad/cornerstone-bed-and-breakfast-kroonstad-PA44864
With all these fun things to do in these three towns, it almost makes it irresistable to not get in your car and start the journey!