This area witnessed some of the most dramatic events in the country’s history and is now home to a melting-pot of nations: Afrikaner, San, Xhosa and South Sotho.
In the Eastern part lies the breathtaking Golden Gate National Park, where time-worn cliff-faces conceal treasures of Bushman rock art.
In the Qua Qua mountains, the Cape and Bearded Vultures are to be found, making a last and desperate bid for survival.
There is a variety of activities on offer here. Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of the country, and is situated not far from a casino resort at Thaba’Nchu and the Maria Moroka National Park. The northern border of the province is the Vaal River, characterized by resort towns and water-sports.