Undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Free State tourism, this region is blessed with incredible geological formations of sandstone that glow with hues of golden yellows, reds and deep oranges at sunset. In fact this is where one of the highlights of the area, the Golden Gate National Park, got its name.
To make the most of this natural phenomenon, the best is to do a self drive along the Sandstone Route, which takes in towns from Clarens to Ladybrand, showcasing the buttresses and craggy sandstone mountain tops along the way.
Spend time in Clarens, and enjoy world-class hospitality and gourmet restaurants, all the while mingling with the town’s resident artists and sculptors.
The Golden Gate National Park is a 12,000ha nature reserve noted for its incredible scenery and wide variety of wildlife. Exciting activities here include horse-riding and fossil hunting.