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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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Sleeps: 64 in 8 units/rooms

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...

Home from Home Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langenhovenpark

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

Beau Vista Country Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Trompsburg

Beau Vista Country Lodge is the ideal stopover between Bloemfontein and Colesberg, between north and south. The Lodge has twelve en-suite bedrooms with television and coffee and tea facilities. There are single, double and family rooms available..

Sleeps: 32 in 16 units/rooms

African Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Universitas

African Lodge is situated opposite the University of the Free State. We offer comfortable, stylish and African decorated en-suite bedrooms. Most of our rooms have private entrances to the garden and parking area...

Sleeps: 33 in 8 units/rooms

A Cherry Lane

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Ferreira

A Cherry Lane offers our guests self-catering accommodation and is the ideal stop-over with fast and easy access to the N1 between Gauteng and Cape Town. We have three tastefully furnished self catering units in Ferreira, Bloemfontein.

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

Sleeps: 48 in 13 units/rooms

Fox Den

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Trompsburg

The Fox Den ideally situated 3 kilometres off the N1 in the town of Trompsburg offers 13 self-catering units that can comfortably accommodate 2 to 6 guests respectively per unit.

Sleeps: 23 in 11 units/rooms

The Nightingale Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Parkwest

Situated in the heart of Bloemfontein, The Nightingale Guesthouse/ B&B is conveniently close to all major attractions in Bloemfontein, Free State. We offer We offer 11 En-Suite rooms. 3 x Double, 1 x Twin, 1 x Family...

Sleeps: 21 in 10 units/rooms

Grazia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Fichardt Park

Experience the boundless tranquillity and warmth of the Free State, where there is no greater luxury , than feeling at home. Grazia Guest House is located south of Bloemfontein, in a quiet street, a stone's throw from Life Rosepark Hospital and ...

Sleeps: 34 in 11 units/rooms

Philippolis Old Jail

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Philippolis

Spend a nightin an authentic "Jail" in Philippolis with all the modern conveniences that we all have become accustomed to. Accommodation is individual cells or in the wardens room, or the stylish justice inn, a more upmarket guest house ne

Sleeps: 2
From R 375,00
Per person, per night sharing.

La Dolce Vita

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Waverley Bloemfontein

La Dolce Vita is an exclusive Self-catering unit with its own entrance. Situated in the quiet suburb of Waverley, Bloemfontein. We offer a double room (Queen size bed) with en-suite shower and separate toilet. A sleeper may be added for a child...

Sleeps: 17 in 6 units/rooms


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...

Corporate Boutique Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Westdene Bloemfontein

The Corporate Boutique Hotel and Conferences in Westdene, Bloemfontein, Free State caters for different types of stay - tourists, business trips, weddings, conferences, events or just for the occasional overnight.

Sleeps: 84 in 26 units/rooms

B&B @ Bloem

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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

A Bed Away

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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 ...

La Swan Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Welkom

La Swan Guest House Accommodation in Welkom prides Its self in personal and professional service. Their facilities are at your convenience at all times and their guests are wished a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

From R 190,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Kiepersol Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Dan Pienaar

Situated in the safe, upmarket suburb of Dan Pienaar in Bloemfontein. Your hosts, Danie and Kitty offer warm hospitality and an unforgettable stay...

Sleeps: 4

Wilreco Self-Catering Flat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parkwest

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.

Sleeps: 14 in 3 units/rooms
From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Hillside Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Springfontein

Hillside Farm is a 4th generation working family farm situated in the Southern Free State. The main areas of the farming enterprise are Merino wool sheep and a Red Angus cattle stud...

Emoya Estate

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Emoya Estate Private Game Reserve, Conference Centre, wedding venue and Spa is situated on the western border of Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State. This region is also known as "Big Sky Country". This 270 hectare Game and Nature Reserve...