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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 ...

From R 375,00
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...

From R 2 000,00
Per unit, per night.

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.

From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Dennebosch Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Senekal

Dennebosch Guesthouse has a quiet, relaxed atmosphere with 2 tastefully furnished double rooms with en-suite shower or bath. We are located in Senekal, conveniently situated on the N5 route from Cape Town to Durban.

From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.


Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Deneysville

Welcome to our world of total chill. Thistle Do Nicely is a double story thatched guesthouse, situated in the peaceful village of Deneysville, overlooking the beautiful Vaal Dam in the Freestate.

Sleeps: 8
From R 3 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Waterford House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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

Wyndford Holiday Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Caledonspoort

Family farm accommodation nestled in the Rooiberge, situated on the banks of the Caledon River with easy access to Clarens, Lesotho's Ski Slopes and Katse Dam. Rates are inclusive of all meals and teas.

Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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...

Sleeps: 16 in 2 units/rooms
From R 475,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Barrister House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens Golf & Trout Estate

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...

From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.

Mount Horeb Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

Mt Horeb Manor, an upmarket Bed and Breakfast provides guests with an unforgettable stay in the charming town of Clarens. The guest house is tastefully decorated to offer each guest a luxurious, exclusive and unforgettable stay topped with warm, friendly

Waaidam Resort

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Harrismith

Waaidam Guest Farm is situated in the centre between JHB, DBN and BFN, approximately 9km rom the N3, close enough to the main road, yet far enough to get away from the noise of the traffic.

From R 390,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The French Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

The French Cottage is a hidden gem. Situated on the historic farm Naauwpoort, one of the original farms on which Clarens was founded. The luxury fully-equipped unit sleeps 6 persons.

Sleeps: 86 in 21 units/rooms
From R 274,00
Per unit, per night.

Dimalachite River Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Parys

Dimalachite offers accommodation in luxury three star river lodges, regular self catering chalets, and campsites on the riverbank. Come and enjoy the thrill of white-water rafting or enjoy some fishing and do bird watching...

Sleeps: 20 in 5 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Mont Plaisir

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

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...

Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms
From R 325,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lavenderwood Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Deneysville

Lavenderwood Bed and Breakfast is ideally located on the main tarred road we have plenty of secure off-street parking for cars, boats and trailers alike, and guests are provided with their own remote access key....

Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms
From R 275,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bettie's Luxury Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kroonstad

Our luxurious Lodge is situated in a quiet suburb of Kroonstad with big trees and established gardens, only minutes away from the N1. Bettie's Luxury Lodge has created a restful retreat for you whether you are on business, or relaxing with the fam...

Sleeps: 6

Mount Olive Stables

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Swinburne

This luxurious self-catering cottage sleeps 5 people, has gas lighting and a large cosy fireplace making it an ideal retreat for those who want to get away from it all. This working stud farm is available for walks, fishing and bird watching ...

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


Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Amaluti is simply stunning; a tasteful blend of five star luxury, comfort, elegant decor, space, colour and glorious views to the Maluti Mountains. Its special ambience is both peaceful and relaxing. The open plan design and unique frameless glass...

Sleeps: 4
From R 325,00
Per person, per night sharing.


Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Honeysuckle self catering cottage can be found in the beautiful and quaint town of Clarens, nestled at the doorstep of Golden Gate National Park. The cottage accommodates 4 people, ideal for a family or friends.