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Macufe

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Macufe

Macufe is a cultural-based festival that showcases a wide range of African arts and culture to the world. It is held in Bloemfontein every year. Macufe, the ten-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. First held in 1997 before an audience of 30 000, Macufe now attracts over 140 000 people from South Africa, Africa and the world. The festival is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.

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Ficksburg Cherry Festival

Breathtaking scenery
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Ficksburg Cherry Festival

The first Cherry Festival was held in 1968 and is the longest-running festival in South Africa. You can indulge on fresh, succulent cherries – harvested from October to December. The festival stretches over three days and attracts up to 30 000 people. The festival offers quality family shows and activities such as the herding of sheep, horse rides, camel rides, helicopter flips, steam train rides at Sandstone Estate, and tours through the town to see the beautiful sandstone buildings and architecture. Ficksburg is situated on the scenic landscape of the eastern Free State, nestled between the foot of the Imperani Mountain and the banks of the Caledon River. It is known as the cherry capital of the world, and to celebrate this fact, the town hosts the annual cherry festival. It is the largest cherry-producing area in South Africa, and the first successful cherry trees were planted in this area in 1905.

Basotho traditional cuisine - stews, salty porridge, dried veg, yoghurt and spicy seeds

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Basotho traditional cuisine - stews, salty porridge, dried veg, yoghurt and spicy seeds

Basotho traditional cuisine is all about think stews, salty porridges, dried veg, yoghurt and spicy seeds. The culture is rich, hearty and historical.

Sandveld Nature Reserve -a birding haven

Wildlife safari
Sandveld Nature Reserve -a birding haven

The Free State is home to a myriad of bird species, wide open spaces, cold and clean waterways and formidable mountain ranges.

Naval Hill - Relish in Naval Hill’s beauty

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Naval Hill - Relish in Naval Hill’s beauty

Visit Naval Hill in Bloemfontein and enjoy the views and rich history.

Bloemfontein – a thrill seeker’s paradise for exhilarating adventures

Active adventure
Bloemfontein – a thrill seeker’s paradise for exhilarating adventures

Bloemfontein – a thrill seeker’s paradise for exhilarating adventures

Remembering the past at the Anglo-Boer War Museum

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Remembering the past at the Anglo-Boer War Museum

Remembering the past at the Anglo-Boer War Museum

A floral haven in the City of Roses at the Free State Botanical Garden

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A floral haven in the City of Roses at the Free State Botanical Garden

A floral haven in the City of Roses at the Free State Botanical Garden

Prehistoric discoveries and wildlife galore-The Waterberg, Limpopo

Wildlife safari
Prehistoric discoveries and wildlife galore-The Waterberg, Limpopo

Prehistoric discoveries and wildlife galore-The Waterberg, Limpopo

Using South Africa’s public transport

Bustling city life
Using South Africa’s public transport

Travelling in and around South Africa’s bustling metropolitans is easy, convenient and affordable.

Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

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Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.

18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.

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