Insta-Worthy Spots in Free State

Posted on 20 December 2023 By Nomvelo Masango

The Free State is a province renowned for its natural beauty, open farmlands, vast mountains and quirky towns. For those seeking the perfect Insta shot, it can be a treasure trove as it has plenty of photogenic locations.

Here are just a few of the province’s Instagrammable spots:

Free State National Botanical Garden

Free State National Botanical Garden

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On the outskirts of Bloemfontein, one finds the picturesque Free State National Botanical Garden. It boasts tall grasslands and is dominated by magnificent wild olive trees.

Come with your camera battery fully charged to capture all the breathtaking natural beauty. Moreover, it is also the ideal spot to pose with lush greenery in the background.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

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The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Free State’s Maluti Mountains. From majestic mountains to intriguing caves, there is plenty of beauty to explore and capture.

If you are looking to capture the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in all its golden glow and glory, one of the best times to do so is just before sunset.

Basotho Cultural Village

Basotho Cultural Village
The Basotho Cultural Village is located at the foot of huge sandstone mountains. At this picturesque village, you will be able to capture the beautiful visual story of the nation’s rich culture.

Basotho Cultural Village

Plus, you are guaranteed shots that are authentic, vibrant and colourful. Most importantly, be respectful and considerate when visiting the place. After all, it is a real village and not a museum.


Known as the ‘Free State’s best-kept secret’, the quaint town of Rosendal is a paradise for photographers. It boasts beautiful landscapes and picture-perfect sandstone buildings.  All across the town, there are a number of spots where you can get lovely images to give your Instagram feed that much-needed and aesthetically-pleasing content revamp.

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