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Transgariep & Goldfields

The Transgariep and Goldfields region of the Free State is bordered in the South by the Orange River and Gariep Dam, in the East by the Lesotho border and in the West by the Northern Province border. Goldfields occupies the northern half of this Freestate region but it was not until 1938 that gold was discovered in the region when a borehole being sunk on the farm St Helena struck a continuation of the reef that was being mined in the Witwatersrand. Soon prospectors and miners were flooding into the region known now as goldfields and allied industries sprung up in the region. Today the Free State goldfields are rivaled only by those of Gauteng, and Welkom's residents enjoy an income second to none in South Africa. Above the ground the countryside is rich with endless fields of maize.

The Transgariep occupies the southern part of this region, which is a mass of vast open grassy plains. In the south the plains are fed by the 2000 kilometre long Orange River which rises in the far northeast of Lesotho, circumnavigates that country and eventually flows into the Atlantic Ocean. On the Orange River (now called the Gariep) was built the Gariep Dam, which was opened in 1972 and covers 36500 hectares. Together with an 11250 hectare game sanctuary on its northern shore this makes up the Free State's largest nature reserve.

Bloemfontein is the Capital of the Free State and the judicial capital of South Africa. Its Tswana name is Mangaung which means "the place of the spotted cat", which is a name derived from times of old when cheetahs and leopards roamed the region at will. Bloemfontein originated back in 1840 when a Voortrekker farmer named Johannes Brits built himself a house alongside a spring surrounded by flowers. Bloemfontein is home to a great number of museums, including the National Museum, dotted about the city giving the visitor to this beautiful city a wide choice of subjects. Outside the centre of the city is the Free State National Botanical Garden, home to more than 400 species of indigenous flora.

Welkom is the second largest city in the Free State. It was laid out in 1947 on the farm. Welkom, became a municipality in 1961 and a city on 14 February 1968, making it South Africa's newest city. The city was planned by the chairman of Anglo-American and is a garden city with a commercial centre built around a central square, and more than one million trees planted. The mines in and around Welkom are very deep and flooding of the shafts is an ever-present threat. Enormous quantities of brackish water have to be pumped to the surface daily where they are collected in evaporation pans. Bird life on these pans is prolific. Species include flamingo, the sacred ibis, Egyptian goose, Muscovy duck, Marsh Owl, and many seagulls. Some of the water from the mines is desalinated and used for domestic purposes.

By far the oldest town in the Transgariep and Goldfields region of the Free State is Philippolis, founded in 1823 by the London Missionary Society for the benefit of displaced Khoikhoi and San. The streets of the town are lined with quaint Karoo houses with 19th Century front doors and stoeps. Many of these houses have been declared as National Monuments.

The Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve in the far southwest of the province is one of the few fishing dams where yellowfish are plentiful. The land area around the dam is too small to support wildlife and the dam has become a favourite venue for weekend picnickers, campers and fishermen. The reserve is open daily and visitors may camp overnight.

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Wilreco Self-Catering Flat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Wilreco is a fully equipped two bedroom self catering flat that is situated Park West, Bloemfontein. We offer you comfort, space, safety and a clean friendly environment to stay.

El Gracia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langenhovenpark

El Gracia Guest House, your home away from home situated in Langenhovenpark,

Boorfontein Guest Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bethulie

Enjoy warm hospitality, tranquility and privacy in the beautifully preserved old farm house on a working farm.4 bedrooms in total (oneen-suite), 2 dbl beds in 2 bedrooms, 2 single beds in 1 room and single bed in other room

@ Flo-Ben Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dan Pienaar

Four luxurious en suite bedrooms with private entrance and over-viewing the garden and swimming pool. .@Flo-Ben Guest House is set in a lush upmarket Northern suburb of Dan Pienaar with secluded tranquil garden and sparkling swimming pool close to...

Sleeps: 4
From R 1 150,00
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Dawn Valley Private Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rayton Bloemfontein

This exclusive unit is designed to meet the expectations of the businessman, traveller and family man. It offers the opportunity to relax in a tranquil environment. Perfect for nature lovers. The comfortable lounge area is equipped with DStv and ...

Home from Home Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langenhovenpark

Home from Home Guesthouse is an upmarket guesthouse in, Bloemfontein-Central South Africa.

Sleeps: 64 in 8 units/rooms
From R 320,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Welgeval farmstay

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Smithfield

Welgeval Farmstay is a beautifully self-catering farmhouse located on the breathtaking Free State plains near the small town of Smithfield in the Southern Free State, South Africa. Come and enjoy the farm-fresh air and meet the various animals...

De Stallen

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Situated in Bloemfontein in the suburb Quaggafontein, close to the N1 and N8, De Stallen offers unique quality self catering accommodation facilities.

Sleeps: 36 in 13 units/rooms
From R 525,00
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Belmont Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Arboretum

Belmont is a luxury 4 Star guesthouse situated in a well established residential area just north of the city centre with easy access from all main routes. The guesthouse has thritenn stylishly furnished en-suite bedrooms, providing excellent ....

From R 225,00
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Kiepersol Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Recommended - Overnight Accommodation: 10 units. Situated in the safe, upmarked suburb of Dan Pienaar in Bloemfontein. Your hosts, Danie and Kitty offer warm hospitality and an unforgettable stay in either B&B or self-catering units. Awaken with ...

Sleeps: 36 in 14 units/rooms
From R 360,00
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Castello Guesthouse Bloemfontein

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Fichardt Park

We offer you four-star luxury accommodation in our privately owned guest house in the heart of central South Africa.

Sleeps: 152 in 7 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Lily Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bayswater

Lily Guesthouse in the northern suburbs of Bloemfontein is easily accessible from the N1, yet situated in tranquil surroundings. We take pride in our true hospitality and excellent personal service.

Stanville Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Bloemfontein Central

Stanville Hotel consists of 46 rooms and is conveniently located in the center of Bloemfontein. The hotel is within walking distance from the Waterfront, rugby / cricket stadium Sand du Plessis theatre, all government buildings and the Hospital.

Sleeps: 38 in 16 units/rooms
From R 310,00
Per person, per night sharing.

African Footprints Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

African Footprints Lodge is situated opposite the University of the Free State, Universitas Hospital, in the same street than all major sport stadiums (Vodacom Park etc.) All government departments and shopping centres are within 1.2km from African Lodge.

From R 375,00
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Henmar Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Brandwag

Henmar Guest House is situated on the border of Brandwag / Bloemfontein. We offer luxury, tranquillity and style, each room is unique in appearance. he 6 Luxurious en suite rooms have air conditioning, built in cupboards, tea/coffee...

Sleeps: 17 in 6 units/rooms
From R 325,00
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Guest House Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Come and experience real comfort and hospitality at Janmar Guest House in Bloemfontein. Janmar was awarded three stars, by the South African Tourism Council, for its excellent service and homely atmosphere. We pride ourselves on being attentive...

Blueberry Hill

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Blueberry Hill is a new, easy to find, establishment, situated in the safe up market northern suburb of Dan Pienaar, Bloemfontein. Accommodation comprises a luxurious three bedroom house, swimming pool, braai area, etc

Sleeps: 84 in 26 units/rooms
From R 245,00
Per person, per night sharing.

B&B @ Bloem

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Universitas

B&B @ Bloem is 1 km from the N1 and within 4 km from most places of importance in Bloemfontein. Each room has its own entrance with en-suite bath or shower.

Sleeps: 9 in 2 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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A Bed Away

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Pellissier

A Bed Away offers modern, spacious accommodation with a warm atmosphere where you'll feel at home! We offer a welcome break as well as a comfortable stay in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for people traveling for business or pleasure and can ...

Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Memory Ranch

Guest Farm Accommodation in Trompsburg

Memory Ranch is situated on the N1 National Route at the town Trompsburg in the Xhariep District. The thatched roof unit is spacious, fully equipped with all linen, towels and star graded as a 3 star accommodation by SA Tourism council.