The proud history and heritage of the region will take you on a journey to a variety of landscapes, richly endowed with diverse cultures and people. Situated in the heartland of South Africa’s agricultural belt, mine shafts now guard the horizon.

The district is predominantly known for the Free State Goldfields.  The first gold was discovered by accident in the early 1940s. The goldfields sprang up after a borehole sunk for water found gold ore lava instead. The Goldfields tourism route takes visitors on an intriguing trail of gold prospecting, gold discovery and the resulting Lejweleputswa’s Free State gold rush. Follow the route from Bothaville and explore its many mines, including some of the deepest in the world at Welkom.

The main strengths of the diverse tourism sector of the Lejweleputswa District can be listed as follows;

  • Aldam Estate on the Allemanskraal Dam near Ventersburg – a first class resort with a wide range of accommodation as well as conferencing options, plenty of water sports opportunities, a restaurant, shopping facilities, etc., the Willem Pretorius Game and Nature Reserve adjacent to Aldam Estate, with abundant game species, indigenous vegetation, etc. It also hosts annually a huge game auction with high turnover.
  • The region is blessed with two nature reserves, namely the Sandveld and Soetdoring Nature Reserves.
  • Historical sites include the 1956 Women’s Pass Resistance Site next to the old Magistrate Court in Winburg, the Anglo Boer War Cemeteries at Brandfort, including different sites of Boer, African and British graveyards, the Voortrekker Monument at Winburg and the Sand River Convention monument.
  • Nampo Harvest Day near Bothaville, the largest private agricultural expo in Africa, having drawn this year more than 600 exhibitors and 64 000 visitors over a four day period. The innovative Mielie Hop shuttle service between Bothaville and Nampo Harvest Day involving busses and taxis and with a considerable BEE element offer a valuable serve to visitors.
  • The Phakisa Freeway is an international standard, multi-purpose motor sport facility between Welkom and Odendaalsrus. The track boasts a 4,24km road course as well as a 1,5 mile banked oval track similar to the highly acclaimed Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. The asset has great investment potential also as regards becoming the centrifugal force for secondary tourism hub development around it, in particular sporting events.
  • The annual Food and Witblits Festival highlighting Bothaville as the Maize Capital of South Africa and drawing visitors countrywide as well as internationally.
  • The annual Boshof Show and Game Auction – an event also renowned internationally.