Some would say that the main Frankfort attractions would be the warm welcome, sandstone building, history and solitude that this town offers. Locally made goods are on offer, as well picturesque historical buildings. Frankfort is a small agricultural town situated in the Northern Free State province of South Africa. It serves as the capital town to Villiers, Cornelia and Tweeling; also known as the Mafube Municipality. Frankfort is a must visit for those looking for a ‘slow town’ experience. Obviously a ‘small town must visit list’.
The town rests on the banks of the Wilge River. Roughly 30km from the N3, and an hour from Warden. Frankfort is en-route to popular ‘off the beaten track’ places in South Africa. Clarens, Rosendal, Golden Gate Highlands National Park and the kingdom of Lesotho are especially popular.
Frankfort Northern Free State Attractions
- A few farms offer 4×4 routes, game viewing and mountain biking as well as fishing for carp and barbel.
- Make the most out of the magical Free State landscape by explore the hiking trails by foot or mountain bike. Engage all of the senses. Smell the veld, taste the wind, and feel the rhythm of the nature rising through the soles of your feet.
- Cosmos flowers are abundant during late summer.
- The Potato Pride Wilge Marathon is run on a moderate and scenic two lap route. Run on gravel roads along the banks of the Wilge River starting in Frankfort. There are long shaded stretches thanks to the willow trees on the banks. The route has its own ‘Little Polly’s’ in the last 10 kilometers, therefore run with caution. The half marathon is one lap of the marathon route.
- VKB Rugby Week hosted in Frankfort.
- Twitchers will love the Northern and Eastern Free State. Birding for Grey and Red Wing Francolins, Southern Bald Ibis, Blue Crane and Grey Crowned Crane (also called Mahem). In addition, Wattled Crane, Blue Korhaan and Lark among other bird species. They thrive due to the combination of wetland, alpine grasslands and grazing. Furthermore many high altitude grassland endemic bird species can also be viewed.
- Visit the Heilbron Vegkop Battlefield Monument & Museum. Heilbron is approx 30 minutes from Frankfort.
- Visit the Boer War Memorial and go fossil hunting in Cornelia. Many fascinating archaeological finds of extinct species have been dug up in this area. In fact donkey-sized pigs, the giant Cape horse, giant buffalo and giant wildebeest are among the finds. Cornelia is only 40 minutes from Frankfort.
Frankfort Interesting Facts
- The old clock in the facade of the church, survived when the church was burnt down by the British troops during the Anglo-Boer War in 1901. After the war it was rebuilt & inaugurated in 1918. Definitely picture worthy.
- Evidence of prehistoric man living in the area is still being discovered. Examples of this include the ruins of stone dwellings dating from this period.
- It should be noted that the Council for National Memorabilia declared the magistrate’s office, police station & post office National Monuments.
- The town was laid out in 1869 on the farm Roodepoort, and named Frankfurt by Albert van Gordon. The town later received municipality status in 1896.
Linkview Guesthouse Coffee Shop & Antiques
Linkview is destination shop, selling antiques, Persian carpets, fine art and vintage odds and ends.
The house dates from 1915, serving as a hospital where many Frankfort residents were born. A lot of the original features are still visible in the architecture of the house. Unquestionably worth a visit!
Learn more about Frankfort’s history.