The Eastern Free State is a beautiful region where golden sandstone hills and mountains dominate the fields of sunflowers, wheat and maize and the orchards of peach trees and cherries that stretch across its plains. The north-eastern areas, surrounded by the Drakensberg Mountain Range and nestling in the foothills of the mighty Maluti Mountains are by far the most mountainous and most scenic. These hills and mountains, magical, mystical places, were home to early San and Sotho tribes and prehistoric creatures and are rich in San rock art and fossils.
The skies of the Eastern Free State are imbued with coppery golden hues as the late afternoon rays of the sun reflect off the fabulous sandstone highlands of the Golden Gate National Park and its twin, Qwa-Qwa National Park.
In the commercial centre of the region, Bethlehem, several sandstone buildings, a building style inherent to the Free State, bring the warm hues closer to the earth. Other well-known towns are Clarens, where trout fishermen often congregate, and Memel, home of an internationally recognised wetlands site.