Geography and history
The Thabo Mofutsanyana region of the Free State Province in South Africa is named after the revolution activist from Qwa-Qwa with the same name. This area is well-known for its majestic mountain ranges such as the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains. The Highlands make this region the most popular tourist attraction of the Free State.
The famous Golden Gate National Park with its magnificent mountain ranges, sandstone formations and interesting wildlife is a favourite among visiting tourists. Phuthaditjhaba is the starting point of The Sentinel – hiking trails leading to and into the mountains. This is a must for all nature-lovers and adventure-seekers.
The town of Clarens is considered to be the most picturesque in the region. The commercial centre of the region, Bethlehem, is a perfect base for tourists who want to experience the region without leaving the “city feeling”.
There is no shortage of visitor accommodation available in the region. Tourists can stay over in one of the many bed and breakfasts, self-catering units, guest houses, guest farms and camping sites available. Please see our accommodation directory for a full list of places to stay in the area.
The business community of the region is a very successful one thanks to it being a popular tourist destination. There are many shops, souvenirs, stalls, local products and restaurants to choose from. For more information on all the businesses in the region, please go to our business directory. The activities in the area are also endless. Please see our activities directory for a list of things to do.