The Transgariep Region lies in the south western part of the Free State, populated by only 130 000 people. This is the very factor that makes this part of the country special - it is quiet, it is slow paced, it is tranquil and it is real. This and its astounding mineral wealth that has allowed the area to yield the most extraordinary amount of gold and diamonds.
This region is exactly what most people picture when thinking about the Free State - vast planes filled with crops of all varieties, peppered with sheep and cattle that graze contentedly. The peace and slow pace of the region in palpable as it remains off the beaten track, allowing for an authentic experience away from the crowds.
The region’s lack of tourists does not mean that there is nothing to be seen here though, there are many places that earn their title of ‘must sees’.
The Gariep Dam, after which the region is named, lies to the extreme south of the region. It is the country’s largest fresh water dam which is situated on the Orange River which itself is one of Southern Africa’s largest rivers.
The Diamond and Wine Route winds its way around Petrusburg and the surrounds that takes its followers on the path that the original diamond prospectors followed. On the itinerary is a visit to the open diamond mines at Koffiefontein, the biggest man-made diamond hole in Jagerfontein (yes, it is bigger that the Big Hole in Kimberley!) as well as a stop in Jacobsdal for some wine at their world famous wine farms because all the talk of diamonds makes a person thirsty.
- The Gariep Dam
- The Diamond and Wine Route
- Open diamond mines at Koffiefontein
- Biggest man-made diamond hole in Jagerfontein
- Sample wine at the world famous wine farms in Jacobsdal.