Flat? The Free State? You’ve got to be kidding! Adventurers who’ve explored the Moolmanshoek or Golden Gate (up in the north-eastern corner of the province) will be quick to counter such a ‘flat earth’ fallacy. Nonetheless, it does rate as one of South Africa’s Cinderella Province when it comes to tourism, but only to uninitiated. With its easy-to-reach central location within the country and a fresh take on outdoor activities, perceptions are sure to change, and I would suggest you head that way now before the crowds arrive.

Regions where adventure has boomed in the past decade includes Bloemfontein, where everything from sky-diving to singletrack riding have become de rigueur. Venture to the Thabo Mofutsanyana region, and you’ll soon come face-to-face with gravity along the slopes of Harrismith’s Platberg. In the vicinity of Clarens – often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Free State’ – the picturesque Golden Gate Highlands National Park boasts sky-high hikes, relaxing horse-back rides, wild trout angling and crackingite-water paddling

The Xhariep Dam rates as a personal favourite spot; the extensive nature reserve surrounding this manmade lake is a treasure trove of note for outdoor addicts. Plus there is the Dome Conservancy to add to your destination list, so best you book an extra week! www.freestatetourism.org

THE Wall Challenge

Will you conquer it OR 'Hit the Wall'?

1.76 Kilometers | 13.7% Average Grade

CHALLENGE ENDS 31/1/21 (SEE LEG 2 DETAILS)

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