This region of the Free State, also known as the Xhariep region, is a vast open grassland fed by the !Garieb River (the San name for the Orange River, South Africa's largest), that also forms the southern border of the region with both the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.
Known for open blue skies that incredibly turn into a bejewelled, star-studded canvas at night, the Southern Free State is becoming more popular with tourists who want to see a different side of the country and who indeed want to get away from it all.
The Gariep Dam, the largest dam in South Africa, is located in the southernmost corner of the region, and offers excellent recreational activities and a wonderful, tranquil atmosphere.
The three main towns of the region are Smithfield, Rouxville and Zastron, and each offers warm hospitality and a range of interesting things to do.
Some of the highlights of the Southern Free State include the Landzicht Wine Cellar at Jacobsdal, the open Mine Museum and mining hole at Jagersfontein, the 'Little Gallery' at Smithfield, the 'Eye' of Zastron and the DH Steyn bridge near Bethulie.