South African Holidays in Free State
Capital - Bloemfontein
Population - 2.9 million
Area - 129 825 square kilometres
Percentage of total area of South Africa - 10.6%
Percentage of GDP produced in Free State - 5.5%
Principal economic sectors - grain, gold and diamonds
Flanked between the magnificent Orange and Vaal Rivers lies the Free State, a province in South Africa blessed with spectacular natural beauty, warm hospitality and an atmosphere of the bygone era, a time when the pioneers paid with their lives for the honour of calling this place their home.
The Free State is a rural provinces, but spectacular to say the least. The province is encompassed by wide horizons, farmland, mountains, golf fields and charming towns. This province covers an area of 129 464 kilometres and has a population of about 2.9 million. Even though the Free State is the third largest province in South Africa, it has the second smallest population and the second lowest population density.
The Free State borders the Northern Cape, the Eastern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, and also shares a border with Lesotho. The Orange River flows through the southern boundary of the Free State, and includes the Gariep and Vanderkloof Dams, two of the largest dams in the country.
The Free State offers warm to hot summers when most of the rain falls, and very cold winters, with heavy frost over most of the province. Snow is often recorded on the eastern mountains, and occasionally over the rest of the region. The average temperature in summer is 23 degrees Celsius.
The capital of the Free State is Bloemfontein, the educational, administrative and commercial heart of the province. Bloemfontein is also the judicial capital of South Africa, housing the seat of the Provincial Government, as well as the Supreme Court of Appeal. Other important areas to note are Welkom, the heart of the Goldfields, Bethlehem, Sasolburg, Ladybrand, Parys and Botshabelo.