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Northern & Eastern Free State

The Northern and Eastern regions of the Free State are bordered in the East by the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and the Lesotho border, and in the North by the Vaal River. In the far east of the region on the Lesotho border and nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains is the 11600 hectare Golden Gate Highlands National Park. While some national parks are noted for their wildlife, the Golden Gate is one of those noted for its natural beauty, and takes its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the majestic sandstone cliffs of the park.

Just to the North of the Golden Gate is the small town of Bethlehem, whose biblical name means "house of bread", an appropriate name for the town that is at the heart of the country's wheat growing region. In fact the whole of the Northern and Eastern Freestate is a most important agricultural area, producing a great percentage of South Africa's maize and wheat.

The small town of Deneysville was proclaimed in 1939 and its existence is a direct result of the construction of the Vaal Dam, completed in 1938. The 32000 hectare Vaal Dam is the main source of water for the Witwatersrand and the village owes its early reputation on it being the southernmost terminal for BOAC's flying boat service from Britain to South Africa during the second world war. Deneysville is a main venue for water sports enthusiasts, housing four yacht clubs, boat chandlers and boat building and repairs.

Right on the border between the Northern and Eastern Free State and Kwazulu-Natal is situated the charming little country town of Harrismith. Established in 1849 on the banks of the Wilge River, Harrismith gets its name from Sir Harry Smith who was a govenor of what is now known as the Free State. Harrismith is easily recognized when traveling through the region by the large flat topped mountain, the Platberg, which sits just behind the town. The town is the last before making the long climb up the Van Reenen's Pass where the N3 highway cuts through the Drakensberg. There are many reminders of the Anglo-Boer wars in the area.

In the extreme South of the Northern and Eastern region and situated on the Highlands scenic route that follows the Lesotho border lies the small town of Hobhouse. The town is on the banks of the Leeu River and is named after the Anglo-Boer War concentration camp heroine, Emily Hobhouse. This suffragette was so appalled at the conditions in the concentration camps that she started a nursing and welfare service amongst the Boer women. She was so dedicated to her new calling that she called off her wedding -her wedding veil can still be seen on display in Bloemfontein.

A little to the North of Hobhouse is the thriving little agricultural town of Ladybrand, founded in 1867. Ladybrand sits at the base of the Platberg ridge and is an important administrative town in the wheat and sunflower belt of the Freestate. There are many fine examples of sandstone architecture in the town, which lies just a few kilometers from the Caledon Bridge, the main border post between South Africa and Lesotho.

One of the most important towns of the Northern and Eastern Region of the Freestate is Kroonstad which, according to legend, has the distinction of being one of few towns anywhere to be named after a horse, Kroon, which belonged to the prominent Boer leader Sarel Cilliers. Kroonstad is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful towns of the Free State, and is an important centre for the production of maize, wheat, meat, sunflowers, dairy products and wool.


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Wisp-Will Cottages and Game Farm

Self Catering House / Cottage in Arlington

One fully equipped self-catering cottage. Sleeps 8. 3 en-suite bedrooms. 2 beds in lounge. Small swimming pool. TV with SABC channels. Viewing deck.

Sleeps: 2 in 1 unit/room
From R 975,00
Per unit, per night.

La Poste Apartment

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Clarens

There are two loft style apartments for two in the heart of Clarens. Views across the Clarens roof-tops to the mountains beyond. Private patio overlooks charming courtyard. Walking distance to restaurants, galleries, shops and village square...

From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.

Mount Horeb Manor

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Clarens

Mt Horeb Manor, an upmarket Bed and Breakfast provides guests with an unforgettable stay in the charming town of Clarens. The guest house is tastefully decorated to offer each guest a luxurious, exclusive and unforgettable stay topped with warm, friendly

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Tuscana Villa

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Kroonstad

Offering a peaceful getaway to guests visiting the town of Kroonstad, Tuscana Villa Guest House provides comfortable accommodation to corporate or leisure travellers in Wilgenhof, Kroonstad.

From R 375,00
Per person, per night sharing.

De Molen

Self Catering House / Cottage in Clarens

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 ...

Sleeps: 16 in 6 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per unit, per night.

African Olive Country Estate

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Parys

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.

Sleeps: 10 in 1 unit/room
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Welgelegen House & Loft

Self Catering House / Cottage in Clarens

The Welgelegen House and Loft self-catering unit are set in a large picturesque garden (6000 m2) on the upper slopes of Clarens with breath-taking views of the village and surrounding Maluti Mountains...

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Art And Wine Guest House

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Centrally situated in the Main Street of Clarens within walking distance of the galleries and restaurants lies the Art & Wine Cottage. This elegantly furnished self-catering unit accommodates one couple for a romantic getaway.

Sleeps: 343 in 39 units/rooms
From R 780,00
Per unit, per night.

Imperani Guesthouse

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Ficksburg

Imperani Guesthouse is a newly renovated house situated at the feet of the Imperani Mountain in the peaceful town of Ficksburg, South Africa. The Guesthouse provides luxury accommodation in all 11 bedrooms with bed and breakfast.

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 2 800,00
Per unit, per night.

398 Vaal de Grace Golf Estate

Self Catering House / Cottage in Parys

398 Vaal de Grace Golf Estate is a three-bedroom riverfront self-catering villa ideally situated on the secure Vaal de Grace Golf Estate just 2 km outside Parys on the R59 towards Vredefort.


Mont D'Or Hotel

Hotel/ Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Clarens

The 23 classically furnished rooms and suites are all equipped with plasma TVs, mini bar on request and a discreet room service. Whether the occasion is an intimate dinner for two, an international conference for up to 150 delegates, a royal treat at

Sleeps: 16 in 5 units/rooms
From R 380,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Thaba Lapeng Mountain Escape

Self Catering House / Cottage in Clarens

The farmhouse is indeed situated against a hill only 12 kilometers from Clarens in the eastern Free State. The accommodation at Thaba Lapeng consists of three self catering open plan units which are adjacent to the main house, as well as two rooms in the

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

Grace Country Retreat

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Memel

Grace Country Retreat is situated in the quaint farming community village Memel, nestled at the foothills of the Maluti mountains in the North Eastern Free State.

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.

Wisteria House

Self Catering House / Cottage in Parys

Wisteria self catering house, built in 1896 is the second oldest house in Parys. Recently renovated to it's original glory, this beautiful Free State architectural home nestles under a canopy of age old trees.

Hoogland Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Bethlehem

Each of the 7 comfortable en-suite bedrooms has a private entrance, under carpet heating, TV with M-Net, fridge and tea and coffee facilities. One self catering unit available. Fully equiped with jetmaster, electric stove, microwave, fridge and ...

Vaal Prive

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Vaal prive is a luxury self catering holiday and water sports resort just 1 hour out side of Johannesburg on the banks of the mighty Vaal Dam. Our Villas are made up of luxury 3 bedroom 2 bathroom double story...

Arcadia Guesthouse & Restaurant

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Kroonstad

Arcadia Guesthouse is located next to the Valsch River, 03 km from town centre and ± hours drive from Johannesburg. Defined by picturesque gardens, quiet and relaxed surroundings, Arcadia will lend a stylish atmosphere to your stay.

From R 420,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Peach Orchard Villa

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Clarens

Peach Orchard Villa (No. 169) is situated in the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate overlooking the picturesque town of Clarens with majestic views of the Maluti and Rooiberg Mountains.

Zoutspruit Bed & Breakfast

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Kroonstad

Your smart choice for accommodation. We are at hand to assist you with anything you might need and look forward to welcoming you soon. All en-suite rooms with private entrances, or book your family unit with complimentary Coffee/Tea tray with home-ba

Sleeps: 14 in 1 unit/room

Perth Fly Fishing Guest Farm

Self Catering House / Cottage in Swinburne

Nestled at the foot of a mountain Perth is the ultimate refuge and getaway. This superb stone house sleeps up to twelve. Perth is all about relaxing and caters for the trout fishing, hiking and mountain bike enthusiasts.