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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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Malutizicht Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ficksburg

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 ...

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Sleeps: 12
From R 1 150,00
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Ridge Rd Country House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Create your own "Year in Provence" in this beautiful stone French style farmhouse with natural rock pool. It has featured in Elle Decor, Country Life and many more. Sleeps 12 very comfortably. Every window frames a magnificent view.

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms

96 on Bree Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Heilbron

This newly renovated Four Star Guest House is situated in the Northern Freestate, on the Riemland Route (the Riemland, once known for the large numbers of game that roamed the plains in the 1800's).

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Sleeps: 6

Highland View Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Highland View is a cozy self-catering double story cottage situated in the village of Clarens, overlooking the Maluti Mountains and near Golden Gate National Park

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Sleeps: 5
From R 300,00
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Amarola

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

The property consists of a semi-detached cottage, which can accommodate up to five guests. The cottage has an open plan area, that consists of one bedroom with a king-size bed, with a single and a double bed in a loft area/ mezzanine floor upstairs...

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Sleeps: 86 in 39 units/rooms

Imperani Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

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Sleeps: 14 in 7 units/rooms
From R 530,00
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Titanic View

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

Titanic View is a bed and breakfast situated in Clarens, with beautiful rooms viewing the surrounding mountains and only a mere five-minute walk from the Village Square.

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Sleeps: 8 in 3 units/rooms
From R 580,00
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53@Grens

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Parys

We are situated in the heart of Parys. We offer nice and safe accommodation. We are 5 minutes from the Afri dome, all restaurants and shops.

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Sleeps: 21 in 3 units/rooms
From R 760,00
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Fairview Estates

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Fairview Estates Cottages lies at the end of a 19km valley, described by some as the most beautiful valley in the Eastern Free State. This farm is situated between Fouriesburg and the very popular, proudly South African town of Clarens.

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De Molen

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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 ...

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Sleeps: 47 in 10 units/rooms

Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

2023 million years ago a meteorite struck planet earth formed the Vredefort Dome. This impact has left a beauty out of destruction that is utterly breathtaking, historically fascinating and rich in a unique and diverse micro-ecosystem of fauna and...

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Sleeps: 30 in 15 units/rooms

9 on Kromellenboog Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sasolburg

9 on Kromellenboog is a guesthouse of distinction, with 15 luxurious rooms in a peaceful setting in Sasolburg. A business trip, holiday or just an overnight stay, with us you will find safe, tranquil accommodation.

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Sleeps: 2
From R 1 150,00
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La Poste Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet 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...

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Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms

Clarens Retreat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Clarens Retreat offers superb, three self-catering units in the very heart of this beautiful village. Set in it's large, safe garden, the Retreat enjoys beautiful views into the mountains...

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Sleeps: 22

The Container House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

The container house is constructed from 6 shipping containers and then cladded with decorative cement panels. The house has 5 large bedrooms, 2 large bathrooms, a large kitchen and huge centre entertainment area. The centre area is 84sq meters in...

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Farm Yard Self Catering Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Harrismith

Come and experience the tranquil atmosphere of the Eastern Free State on the Farm with its superb Sandstone house. A real farming experience.

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Sleeps: 16 in 6 units/rooms

African Olive Country Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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.

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Sleeps: 10
From R 2 800,00
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Grand Reve Parys Golf Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

This lovely home is located next to the Vaal River, ideal for a break away. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 guest toilet and 2 sleeper couches and can accommodate up to 10 people.

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Sleeps: 4
From R 500,00
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Clarens Cottage 2

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

This charming cottage is situated in the town of Clarens, known as "The Jewel of the Free State". It is within walking distance from the village square with its various shops and art galleries.

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Sleeps: 2

Ou Kliphuis

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Charming self-catering flatlet attached to one of the oldest houses in Clarens, probably about 100 years old.

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