The Free State is the agricultural heart of South Africa. This vast grassy plain is where more than 70% of South Africa's grain consumption is produced. The Free State is also rich in mineral wealth, gold representing 20% of the worlds total gold production.
Impressive game reserves exist such as the Willem Pretorius. The grassy plains in the south of the reserve provides ideal conditions for large herds of plain game such as black wildebeest and springbok. The ridges, koppies and plains typical of the northern section are home to kudu, red hartebeest, white rhino and buffalo. The African wildcat, black wildebeest, zebra, eland, white rhino and wild dog can be seen at the Soetdoring Nature Reserve near Bloemfontein.
Probably the most scenically attractive of all the reserves in the Free State is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park dominated by spectacular sandstone mountains. The reserve derives it's name from two massive sandstone formations that face one another across the valley.
Apart from the splendour of the Free State's nature reserves, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy horse-riding, hunting, and bird watching. The rivers and dams offer a myriad of water sport opportunities such as challenging river rafting or canoeing. Day and overnight hiking routes vary from educational tours to rough mountain treks. In addition, a large variety of festivals and events are held throughout the year with some characteristic only to the Free State.
To visit South Africa's Free State is to be touched by its rural charm, to be one with nature and where one can experience the freedom of true wide open spaces.
Beau Vista Country Lodge is the ideal stopover between Bloemfontein and Colesberg, between north and south. The Lodge has twelve en-suite bedrooms with television and coffee and tea facilities. There are single, double and family rooms available..
Au Jardin is an ideal choice for guests seeking a sophisticated Guest House with the highest levels of service only found in small establishments. Au Jardin Guest House is a luxury establishment, intimate in size, a perfect fit for upscale travelers
Royal Coachman lodge offers luxury self-catering accommodation next to a 2.6ha dam well stocked with rainbow and brown trout (river fishing is also available on the property in the Little Caledon)
Experience the tranquil atmosphere of the central Free State in Kroonstad on the Farm with its Sandstone House and two Stables.
The cottage has spectacular, ever-changing views out over the mountains. Self-catering with a fully equipped kitchen - microwave, 2 plate stove, fridge, toaster, snackwich maker, kettle, pots, pans, cutlery & crockery. There is a cosy fireplace in...
De Molen Farm is situated in the Rooiberge Mountains between Clarens and the Golden Gate National Park, a few hundred metres off the tar road. The farm was established in 1872 and holds a 3 star rating from the South African Tourism Grading ...
THE BOOK HOUSE COTTAGE offers you stylish and comfortable accommodation in central Harrismith, a village on the N3, without traffic and rush, and with all luxuries available. All 7 self-catering units have their own entrances.
African Olive Country Estate is situated within walking distance to the breathtaking Vaal River and conveniently close to Parys Town and all establishments along the Kopjieskraal road and the banks of the Vaal Rive.
Hannic, Retreat offers self- catering accommodation in the quaint and tranquil village of Clarens. Its a 3 bedroom home with 2 full bathrooms- gas fire place & built-in-braai . Sleeps maximum 6 people. Centre of Clarens only a 7 minute stroll
For affordable accommodation in the picturesque town of Bethlehem, our guests have the luxury of being close to town but still have the peace, serenity and affordability of the beautiful Loch Athlone itself.
The Loft Room @ Craigrossie is a newly renovated space for two people on Craigrossie Game Farm, 8 km outside of Clarens en route to Golden Gate.
The lodge, nestled below massive sandstone cliffs, consists of a beautifully renovated double storey English Cottage with four charming en suite bedrooms and a majestic, renovated sandstone farmhouse with 5 comfortable en-suite bedrooms and huge ...
Two separate units close together supply accommodation to 15 people. The five-bed house consists of one bathroom, open plan kitchen/lounge with open fireplace to counteract the Free State cold and to supply a touch of old-fashioned romance. The ...
If you are looking for complete relaxation and tranquillity in an African setting you need look no further. Our luxury self-catering cottages are fully equipped and serviced.
A beautiful river-front retreat less than one hour from Johannesburg, suitable for the whole family! Situated on the banks of the Vaal River, between Sasolburg & Vanderbijlpark, near Stonehaven on Vaal. 4 x Double Bedrooms (3 en-suite).
Nestled between two high ridges in the heart of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, Deelfontein self catering bush lodges offers activities ranging from hiking and mountain biking to birdwatching and stargazing.