Self Drive Sightseeing

The Eastern Free State Highlands, quite apart from its spectacular natural beauty, has a host of interesting features.  The sandstone buildings are one of its hallmarks, and a number of historically significant sandstone structures dot our towns and landscapes, and are well worth visiting.  Our mountain ranges, and there are three of them forming a virtual triangle of the whole area, shelter fascinating valleys and afford views that rate amongst the most photographed scenery in the central parts of the country.  While the area has a fair rainfall in the summer months, and occasional snow in the winter months, for the most part you will be able to take advantage of big blue skies and dry weather, making this an ideal area for outdoor pursuits, for both adrenaline junkies and the more laid back.
When driving around the routes of the Eastern Free State Highlands it is important that one remembers to take the normal safety precautions relevant to our country.  While the area is reputedly friendly and safe with few incidents reported, local and current advice is invaluable and shouldn’t be dismissed.  Of course, being largely a rural and mountainous area, cell phone signals are sometimes unreliable.  Travellers venturing around our countryside should ensure that there is someone who is aware of the route planned and the intended time frame of the outing.
So we invite you to check out our Self Drive Routes and to pick up a route that interests you, take yourself out on a little excursion, and rediscover the things that you might have missed, or discover places completely new to you.

Article and research by Mary Walker

Clarens to Afriski (Lesotho)

Basotho Cultural Village

Clarens to Vulture Restaurant: Golden Gate National Park

Ash river outfall

Lunch at The Green Goose

Clarens to Katse Dam (Lesotho)

Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary

Clarens to Fouriesburg

Clarens to Fouriesburg – The Caledon Loop