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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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Barrister House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

Barrister House offers exceptionally well-appointed self catering accommodation in the Clarens Golf Estate, located on the slopes of the Rooiberg, overlooking the majestic Maluti Mountains...

Savannah Game & River Retreat

Game Reserve Accommodation in Parys

Savannah Game & River Retreat is a secluded African bush retreat where tranquillity and relaxation awaits you...

Sleeps: 28 in 13 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bella Rosa Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Ficksburg

Bella Rosa Guest House set in the heart of Ficksburg provides the ideal overnight and/or long term travellers resting place for business and leisure guests. With 12 en-suite rooms each tastefully, individually, uniquely and exquisitely decorated...

Vaal de Rama

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Parys

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

Bainbridges

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Harrismith

For the most comfortable stay at the best price Bainbridges offers two spacious and fully equipped self catering suites. These units has double or single beds with linen and towels, electric blankets and heaters; lounge with DSTV and sleeper couch...

From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Mt Rouge Guest House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

DStv is available in all the rooms. The Guest House is located on a 3000m2 stand with a secure steel fence all around for the safety of our guests and their property. Guests have use of the garden where they can relax, let the children play or..

Sleeps: 13 in 4 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Boulders Lodge

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Fouriesburg

Boulders Lodge is located on a 18ha small-holding nestled amongst farm land. The property is conveniently located only 3kms from Fouriesburg (no dirt road) on the scenic R711 as you head towards Clarens. The property has a beautiful bass dam...

From R 300,00
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Uitzicht Game Lodge

Game Reserve Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Uitzicht game lodge is a private game reserve situated in the picturesque Eastern Free State, situated 350 km from Johannesburg and just 12 km outside Fouriesburg. The lodge has incredible views over the Maluti Mountains and hosts over 16 different wild l

Sleeps: 240 in 12 units/rooms
From R 600,00
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EarthRise Mountain Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.

Sleeps: 17 in 8 units/rooms
From R 340,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Riverbush Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Parys

Situated on the banks of the Vaalriver. Riverbush Lodge has 8 en-suite stylish rooms (all beds are comfy and of high quality) with TV and coffee/tea facilities, some with small bar....

Arcadia Guesthouse & Restaurant

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.

The Rose House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Fouriesburg

The Rose House bed and Breakfast is situated on a 580 hectare farm between Fouriesburg and Clarens on the S 325 road.

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

Sun Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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: 7 in 3 units/rooms
From R 700,00
Per unit, per night.

164 Church Street

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

164 Church Street offers three well appointed self-catering cottages in Church Street, upper Clarens. Each cottage has its own entrance and parking within an enclosed yard and sleeps 2 people with exception of Rome Cottage which has a sleeper couch...

From R 280,00
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Jastelle Selfcatering Cottages

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Bethlehem

Enjoy our warm, farm style hospitality where we are not shy to give! Beautiful, fully equipped cottages and 1 Fully equipped flat available where we can accommodation 17 people in total. All units are self catering...

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 3 000,00
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Waterford House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

The charming artistic village of Clarens, situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and just 3 hours by car from Johannesburg, is the picturesque location for The Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, which features an 18-hole golf course. There are

Sleeps: 74 in 16 units/rooms
From R 500,00
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Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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...

Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms
From R 650,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Clarens Country House

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

The Clarens Country House is nestled in a wooded corner of the secure Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, with wrap-around mountain views. The century-old stone house offers 4 luxury self-catering suites opening onto an enormous fully-glassed veranda...

Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Aspen Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Clarens

Welcome to Aspen Guest House! Our motto, "We are different", is reflected in our locality, the views on and from the property the design of our rooms, the services we offer and your hostess.