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In response to Frizztext challenge…

F is for Fauna & Flora in Free State

Free State is a province that lies in the heart of South Africa and also borders Lesotho. The province is popularly known for it’s rich mineral wealth, making it the fifth largest producer of gold in the world.

Golden Gate - Free State
Golden Gate – Free State

Climate tends to be very hot in summer, severely cold in winter and the area experiences frequent snowfalls in winter months. When people visit South Africa, they always aim for places like Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg, amongst others to marvel at the wildlife. Well, Free State also has a claim when it comes to fauna and flora. You certainly won’t see all members of the “Big Five” there, except for the white rhino but there is so much else to see.

White Rhino
White Rhino

Love is like a rhino, short-sighted, but always willing to find a way”


Life is like a zebra. There are white, and black stripes on it. When you are on a white stripe walk slowly, enjoy it. When you come to a black stripe raise your collar, shut your eyes, and run as fast as you can go to get to a white one. But, remember, there is always a white stripe after a black one!”


Graceful and fast like an antelope

There’s also a number of herbaceous plants, more so in the eastern part of the area. Even though the quote below states otherwise…

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”

…go easy with these herb plants.

So if you happen to visit SA, don’t forget to visit Vrystaat.



19 Comments Add yours

  1. I think the Free State is sadly underestimated in terms of it’s tourism potential. There are such spectacular views and places and I wish people would spend more time enjoying it’s own uniqueness, rather than simply driving through to coast. I love the Free State.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      True that, it is underestimated. It’s uniqueness is really something to marvel at.

  2. adinparadise says:

    Lovely photos, Cocoa. I’ve only ever driven through the Free State on the way to and from Durban. It’s beautiful in summer.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thanks AD, it is awesome indeed in summer.

  3. frizztext says:

    thank you for: “F is for Fauna & Flora in Free State – Free State is a province that lies in the heart of South Africa…”

  4. 68ghia says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever done anything in the Free state.
    Then again, our whole country is quite breathtakingly beautiful.
    Thanks for the lovely pics K 😉

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Next time you take a holiday check it out, you’ll be lovely amazed:-)

  5. scrapydo says:

    Lovely Free State! I love the way you explain the animals. Haak Vrystaat!

  6. diannegray says:

    WOW – totally beautiful! I absolutely love “Life is like a zebra” ! 😀

  7. Lisaman says:

    My sister lives there on a farm close to Bloem.. Mangaung.. I have driven from Durban to Bloem so many times.. Love the drive

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      You and your sister seem to know exactly where to put your roots:-). That is certainly a lovely part of the country too.

  8. I was born in the Free State! 🙂

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Aha! Awesome people come from there too, lovely:-)

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