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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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Sir Henry's Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Clarens

Come and experience the exclusive charm and secluded enchantment of Sir Henry's Guest House in Clarens. Each of the 7 superior rooms, with their own patios, have a view over a lush garden on to Mount Horeb.

Vaal de Rama

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Parys

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

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.

From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

The Old Country House and Cottage

Self Catering 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

Sleeps: 10 in 6 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Krith Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Bethlehem

In the tranquil upmarket suburbia of La Provence, Krith Guest House is situated only 1.8km from the N5 motorway.

Titanic View

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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.

Sleeps: 5 in 1 unit/room
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Amarola

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse 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...

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 ...

Sleeps: 10 in 1 unit/room
From R 400,00
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Clarens Manor

Groups - Self Catering Accommodation in Clarens

Clarens Manor offers a perfect get away for friends and families with five double bedrooms and five ensuite shower rooms the house can accommodate up to ten people. The owners of Clarens Manor were featured as 'House of the month' by House...

Sleeps: 21 in 3 units/rooms

Fairview estates

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

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...

Lali's Guest House & Teagarden

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Harrismith

Lali's Guest House and Tea Garden is a beautiful Victorian house, built in the early 1940's, with original oregan pine floors and real grandma's charm. Situated at the foot of Platberg in the peaceful town of....

Sleeps: 3 in 1 unit/room
From R 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Aspen Self Catering

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Clarens

Aspen Self Catering is situated at the foothills of the Red Mountains next to two hiking trails and bordered a park and a stream which runs most of the summer season. Wake up in the morning with natural sounds of nature such as water and birdlife.

Graded:
Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Brookeside Self Catering

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Brookeside Self-Catering offers two luxurious semi detached and fully equipped one bedroomed self-catering cottages sleeping two adults per cottage. These self-contained units are modern and tastefully decorated, providing an ideal option...

From R 375,00
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Turtle Dove Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Harrismith

This unique thatched roofed, sand stone guest house nestles at the foot hills of the Platberg Mountain. Harrismith is equidistance from Gauteng, Bloemfontein and Durban. Five spacious bedrooms each with bathroom en-suite of which two have spabaths...

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Sleeps: 16 in 7 units/rooms
From R 525,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Red Mountain House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Clarens

Red Mountain House is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Clarens. Our accommodation consists of 6 luxury double rooms furnished with turn of the century antiques and one standard room.

From R 480,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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

Akzente

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Akzente is situated in the heart of Clarens, within walking distance of all the galleries, shops and restaurants, but still has a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains of Golden Gate and Lesotho...

Sun Cottage

Self Catering House / Cottage in Fouriesburg

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...

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.