Its proximity to Gauteng makes it perfect for a rural weekend escape.
Kroonstad is the main centre of the region, and Parys is a popular destination.
The summer tapestry of sunflower, maize and wheat fields is dotted with tranquil little "dorpies" just waiting to be discovered.
The Vaal Dam and river provide a fabulous water playground and the Vredefort Dome, South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site, is recognised as the largest and oldest meteorite impact site in the world.
Characteristic sandstone buildings and an array of South African (Anglo-Boer) War sites mingle with San rock paintings to provide a collection of provincial heritage sites for the historian to revel in.