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.
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
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Schaapplaats Farm is an old farm dating from 1860 after the Basotho wars. The farmhouse built in 1880 is of sandstone with poplar poles for roof timbers and reeds and thatch for the roof. All other building equipment, for example the...
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.
Camelroc sits between the two Caledon rivers, close to Caledonspoort border post. Its a good base from which to explore Eastern Free State as well as Lesotho. 6 chalets sleeps 8, 6, 2. Hikers Cabin sleeps 16 Main home has three rooms sleeps 6.
Charming self-catering flatlet attached to one of the oldest houses in Clarens, probably about 100 years old.
All rooms open onto a veranda from a private entrance, with luxurious bathrooms. We proud ourselves with the quality of our furnishings and linen and offer a deluxe hospitality tray in each room, which include sherry, homemade rusks and biscuits...
Amohela ho Spitskop nestled in a valley between the villages of Ficksburg and Clocolan.The 5 self catering cottages are spacious and comfortably furnished, big couches, huge open fires, fully equipped kitchens and have weber braais on the deck-with-a-view
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.
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
Caledon Country House is situated just under 5km from the art and adventure mecca of Clarens, yet is far enough away to give you the silence and calm required. The house is a double volume open plan house, with large windows and glass doors to accen
Experience the tranquil atmosphere of the central Free State in Kroonstad on the Farm with its Sandstone House and two Stables.
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.
Come and experience the tranquil atmosphere of the Eastern Free State on the Farm with its superb Sandstone house. A real farming experience.
Discover and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Eastern Free State Mountains, close to the Lesotho border. Mont Plaisir offers luxurious self-catering accommodation...
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).
Ronderus Guest Farm is situated in the North Eastern Freestate in the Memel district and close enough to Gauteng for the perfect weekend breakaway. It is also on the route to Durban. We had summer rainfall with cool summers and cold winters. Snow ...