This central area largely corresponds with the Free State, but for convenience also incorporates other peripheral areas.

For most visitors this is an area to pass through rather that to stay in for any length of time.

But there are some more alluring parts and a few places of significant special interest ...

Kimberley was once the diamond capital of the world and remains a fascinating place for those interested in mining history.

The scenic drive across the north of Lesotho is known as 'The Highlands Route' and is covered in the Golden Gate and Ficksburg and Ladybrand sections.

Bloemfontein, Colesberg and Smithfield are mildly interesting in their own rights, but are more generally used as transit stops.
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