Ficksburg is located in the eastern Free State, and is considered the gateway to Lesotho, the small mountain kingdom landlocked by South Africa. The town lies between the Imperani Mountains and the Caledon River, with the imposing Maluti Mountains in the distance.
The town is surrounded by undulating hills and farmlands. It is the hub of an agricultural area producing deciduous fruit, asparagus and cherries. Cherries are a major source of pride in the town, and surprisingly, Ficksburg is known as the cherry capital of the world! In honour of its status and indeed the cherries themselves, the town holds an annual cherry festival which is touted as the oldest crop festival in South Africa.
While current-day Ficksburg is renowned for farming in general and cherries in particular, it was initially established to protect the border between what were then Basotholand and the Orange Free State. The man in charge of this task was General Jan Fick, after whom the settlement was named when it was established in 1883.
Ficksburg’s setting amongst the mountain and the river is beautiful and there is something wonderfully bucolic about a farming town. Besides enjoying the general ambience though, there are a couple of interesting things to do in and around the town.
It goes without saying that tours of the cherry farms are offered regularly and you can buy a cherry tree and the fruits in town. There are numerous small art galleries to enjoy and for a novel experience, catch a ride on White Mischief, Africa’s only floating cigar bar. You can also visit the McKinley Chocolate factory and for something completely different, visit the Motouleng Heritage Site also known as the Fertility Caves, which is the largest cliff overhang in the southern hemisphere and a sacred place where traditional healers and sangomas go to learn and get in touch with their ancestors.
Of course there is plenty of hiking in the surrounding mountains and there are many San rock art sites to visit too.
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Small friendly town.
- Lintso Mafike
One of the most beautiful towns in the Eastern Free State. A very clean town with loads of attractions for the tourist. Please make sure you do not miss the Blikplek and take a drive through the town center to get an idea of the beautiful sandstone buildings the Eastern Free State is known for. For the best service and meals (slow cooked oxtail and eisbein) you can pay Impenani Restaurant a visit! Do NOT miss out on the Constantia Farm Stall just outside the town. Beautiful, beautiful with lots of atmosphere. If you want to see the wonderful warm colours of autumn - go to Ficksburg in April or May!!!
- Mariette Schreuder
Beautiful, serene and secure dorpie with stunning surrounding scenery too.
- Veronique Guccio
We enjoyed Ficksburg. There are so many interesting things to do if you're willing to drive out a little - say half an hour or more to Clarens and Clocolan. It was our first time there but we'll definitely try go back again.
- Lisa Santos
This was our first visit to the town, on our way to Lesotho, although we had heard of the famous cherry festival in November. As my wife's family had been resident in this part of the country several generations back, we took the time to visit the more 'out-of-the-way' parts of the town and surrounds - what a pleasant experience. From the outrageously eclectic Blikplek, to the totally surprising number of high-class cultural venues (museums, galleries and buildings) - we were blown away! Our Guesthouse was very adequate so we self-catered, but it appeared as if there were several other establishments of the same calibre in town, as well as a selection of places to eat out. We did not have sufficient time available to visit the several unique attractions such as the feather products factories - another reason to visit this charming town and area again in the not-too-distant future. We ended off our visit in a strange fashion - visiting the town cemetery to see if we could trace signs of our ancestors. We were unsuccessful in that regard, but even this little jaunt provided us with fascinating insights into the past and present development of the region. We can't wait to come back this way again!
- Robert Pearl