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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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Iona Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

This cottage is set on its own erf in the Swartland of Clarens. Surrounded by mountains, Horeb is visible to the east of Iona.

Zoutspruit Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kroonstad

LODGE with Zoutspruit B&B-Kroonstad. Northern Free State Owner operated and managed accommodation. You are our 1st priority. Your clever choice for crisp clean, safe, affordable, secure accommodation on a working farm.

Sleeps: 24 in 7 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Book House Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Harrismith

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.

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Sleeps: 69 in 18 units/rooms
From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

Petronella Guest House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bethlehem

Situated just 3 km outside Bethlehem off the N5 towards Harrismith, Petronella Guest House offers 3-star accommodation in a safe and tranquil environment. The Guest House offers 14 fully self-catering units amidst lush gardens and a spectacular...

Sleeps: 22 in 9 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lamon Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kroonstad

Lamon Guesthouse is an up-market guesthouse in Kroonstad, Northern Free State. We cater for all types of stays, whether it being for business, events, tourists or conferences...

Sleeps: 2
From R 850,00
Per unit, per night.

The Loft

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...

Sleeps: 28 in 4 units/rooms
From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.

The Old Country House and Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Come and experience the crisp clean air of the Eastern Free State in the relaxed atmosphere of The Old Country House and Cottage in the heart of Fouriesburg. Spend the evening with friend and family in front of the coal stove and greet the morning sunrise

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Sleeps: 30 in 15 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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.

Sleeps: 4
From R 850,00
Per unit, per night.

JessHil

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

JessHil is a quaint, self catering sandstone cottage in the picturesque town of Clarens. Clarens is well known as the Jewel of the Free State. JessHil comfortably sleeps 4 guests in two bedrooms with queen beds.

From R 450,00
Per unit, per night.

Riverview Country Inn

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Swinburne

Situated in the village of Swinburne, just 1 km of the N3 highway. This is the ideal spot to overnight or spend a few days discovering the back roads of the Drakensberg Highlands.

Vaal De Grace Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

Fully furnished 3 bedroom single storey open plan house on Vaal de Grace Golf Estate, 2 Kms outside of Parys, Free State, on the VredeFort road.

278 on Main

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

Welcome to 278 0n Main. Luxury accommodation right in the center of the picturesque village of Clarens in the Eastern Freestate. Close enough to all Restaurants, Galleries and Shops to be able to park your car and forget it but secluded enough for...

Sleeps: 240 in 12 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per person, per night sharing.

EarthRise Mountain Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ficksburg

The lodge will be modelled and structured along the lines of a local social enterprise embedded in the community that lives on farmland surrounding the lodge.

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From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.

La La Nathi Country Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Harrismith

La La Nathi is the ideal stopover choice, situated on the N3 just outside the historic town of Harrismith in the Eastern Free State Highlands. Set in magnificent country surroundings this thatched homestead is a haven of peace for the weary traveler...

MacFarlanes Country Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Harrismith

MacFarlanes' picturesque setting on the bank of a large lake allows idyllic days of birding (120 species), bass fishing and canoeing. It also offers imaginative opportunities for mountain biking, long walks and climbs, as well as berry picking in sea

Be My Guest Hotel & Conference

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Sasolburg

Situated in Vaalpark, Sasolburg the modern Be My Guest will attend to all your needs. With its friendly and efficient service, easy access to national roads towards Sasolburg and Vanderbijlpark, the beautiful hotel is an ideal venue for the long term gues

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

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.

Sleeps: 30 in 4 units/rooms
From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lakeview on Vaal @ Vaal Delta Waterfront

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Deneysville

Vaal Waterfront, penthouses, fully equipped, self-catering accommodation at Deneysville, straddling the Gauteng-Free State border, 60 mins from Jhb, 90 minutes from Pretoria.

Vaal de Rama

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Parys

Luxurious Bed & Breakfast accommodation on the banks of the Vaal River in the beautiful town of Parys in the Free State.

Graded:
Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms
From R 260,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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).