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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: 84 in 26 units/rooms
From R 245,00
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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.

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 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Altissimo Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Altissimo Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse in Rayton pride ourselves in giving you quality facilities and service of the highest standard.Situated on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, Altissimo overlook the quiet Lilyvale Valley.

Blueberry Hill

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dan Pienaar

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: 21 in 10 units/rooms
From R 480,00
Per unit, per night.

Grazia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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: 14 in 7 units/rooms
From R 375,00
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Allegro Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bayswater

Allegro Guest House offers guests beautiful rooms in the suburb of Bayswater in Bloemfontein.

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

Cilliers Tuis Huis

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Philippolis

This unit is ideal for 1 person or 2 people staying over. Your accommodation offers you a welcoming lounge area with TV/DSTV, a fitted kitchen for self-catering, 1 bedroom with a double bed. A spacious, wheel chair friendly bathroom with shower.

Caledon River Holiday Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bethulie

Caledon River Holiday Farm in Bethulie, break away to a peaceful farm atmosphere on the banks of the Caledon River. Also ideal for camps, team building!

Sleeps: 18 in 5 units/rooms
From R 650,00
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Abba Self Catering Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Dan Pienaar

Abba Backpackers is situated in the upmarket suburb, Dan Pienaar, one of the safest areas in Bloemfontein. We cater for corporate guests, touring groups, families, school groups and sport teams, but also for single and double accommodation.

Sleeps: 16 in 4 units/rooms
From R 420,00
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Dias Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Dias Guest House is situated in a safe and tranquil neighbourhood. Offering spacious, en suite family rooms, each with garden entrance. Rhyno and Mariette provide a memorable stay for families, tourists, business people and sports teams....

From R 180,00
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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: 40 in 20 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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A Lodge at Bloem

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

A lodge at Bloem B & B in Groenvlei, (46 Beds). Come and enjoy a little luxury in the bush with great atmosphere spectacular early morning sunrise and you can relax with all the birds calls, wild animals and waterfalls..

Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 320,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Florentia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Florentia Guest House is situated in the Northern part of Naval Hill, close to the Naval Hill Nature Reserve. For the sophisticated young at heart, we offer a hand made quilt experience with comfort, tranquility and style, furnished with hand-pick...

Sleeps: 34 in 11 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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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: 32 in 16 units/rooms
From R 310,00
Per person, per night sharing.

African Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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...

Au Jardin Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Welkom

Au Jardin is an ideal choice for guests seeking a sophisticated Guest House with the highest levels of service only found in small establishments. Au Jardin Guest House is a luxury establishment, intimate in size, a perfect fit for upscale travelers

Sleeps: 2
From R 310,00
Per person, per night sharing.

La Dolce Vita

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in 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...

Lushof Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Oranjekrag

Lushof Lodge in Gariepdam offers Guest Farm Accommodation.2,3km off the N1; 180km South of Bloemfontein; 55km North of Colesburg; 22km North of Gariep Dam and 30km South of Springfontein.. We offer safe accommodation with plenty of open spaces wher

Amazing Grace

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Amazing Graze offers you individually decorated comfortable en-suite bedrooms with private entrance, overlooking the garden, swimming pool and braai area. Guests' cars are parked next to the unit and behind a wooden electronic gate. We provide ...

Emoya Estate

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Groenvlei

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...