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The South African province of the Free State is the home of the agricultural and commercial hub of Ficksburg. This town, known for its impressive cherry farms and festivals, is nestled at the foot of the Imperani Mountain Range, which looms over the town in a towering display of the topographical splendour of this country. Ficksburg has been dubbed “the gateway to Lesotho” due to its close proximity to this gorgeous kingdom, also known as the Mountain Kingdom. Lesotho is a lush area, home to long-established cultures and tribes, which testify to the rich history and complexity of South Africa.

In addition to its natural beauty and cultural wealth, Ficksburg is also acclaimed for its sandstone building architecture. Tours of the town are conducted to introduce visitors to these buildings, as they play such an integral part of the overall look and feel of the destination. In addition to being popular amongst locals and visitors, the natural, cultural and architectural significance of Ficksburg also makes for a classically stylish and deeply resonant destination in which to enjoy your wedding and honeymoon. Wedding guests having to travel to this Free State town to join in your celebrations will delight in the sheer splendour of the landscape and the charm of the town.

Due to the mountainous surrounds as well as the abundance of inland water, there are a number of things to do and see on your honeymoon, or while visiting Ficksburg. These include:

  • Attend the annual Cherry Festival in November, where helicopter flips, farming activities and steam train rides are sure to keep you out of mischief
  • Fly to the Katse Dam in Lesotho in a light aircraft for the ultimate romantic experience
  • Tour one of the many asparagus farms
  • Hiking tours, which take energetic newlyweds and others into the glorious surrounding mountains
  • Enjoy superb cuisine at the famous Bottling Company Restaurant
  • Go fishing, bird watching and boating in Lesotho’s Katse Dam
  • Abseiling and rock climbing for those feeling more adventurous
  • Negotiate the mountain biking trails through various game farms, nature reserves, valleys and mountains
  • Embark on a formal Cherry Tasting Tour on one or more of the many local cherry farms
  • See the wildlife of the Free State at some of the local reserves, including the Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat, Leeuw Kop Lodge, Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve, Tempelhof Game Farm, Thaba Imperani Lodge, Valley of the Rhebok and Zevenfontein Game Farm
  • Horse riding and Polo
  • Quad biking
  • Be adventurous and explore the 4 x 4 routes

 
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