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.
This lovely home is located next to the Vaal River, ideal for a break away. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 guest toilet and 2 sleeper couches and can accommodate up to 10 people.
Titanic View is a self catering establishment situated in Clarens, with beautiful rooms viewing the surrounding mountains and only a mere five-minute walk from the Village Square. There are 3 cottages and 1 main house available. Whole Titanic View Self Ca
Situated in the village of Swinburne, just 1 km of the N3 highway. This is the ideal spot to overnight or spend a few days discovering the back roads of the Drakensberg Highlands.
Welcome to 278 0n Main. Luxury accommodation right in the center of the picturesque village of Clarens in the Eastern Freestate. Close enough to all Restaurants, Galleries and Shops to be able to park your car and forget it but secluded enough for...
For affordable accommodation in the picturesque town of Bethlehem, our guests have the luxury of being close to town but still have the peace, serenity and affordability of the beautiful Loch Athlone itself.
Wedge-Wood Cottage is a charming 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, cottage on the Clarens Gold and Leisure Estate. Sleeps 6. The cottage is situated on a cul de sac opposite a peach orchard with uninterrupted views of Mount Horeb. There is a children's play area in
Vaal Waterfront, penthouses, fully equipped, self-catering accommodation at Deneysville, straddling the Gauteng-Free State border, 60 mins from Jhb, 90 minutes from Pretoria.
This newly renovated Four Star Guest House is situated in the Northern Freestate, on the Riemland Route (the Riemland, once known for the large numbers of game that roamed the plains in the 1800's).
JessHil is a quaint, self catering sandstone cottage in the picturesque town of Clarens. Clarens is well known as the Jewel of the Free State. JessHil comfortably sleeps 4 guests in two bedrooms with queen beds.
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.
Akzente is situated in the heart of Clarens, within walking distance of all the galleries, shops and restaurants, but still has a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains of Golden Gate and Lesotho...
Ridge Rd Cottage situated 9 km from Clarens offers self catering in 3 bedrooms all luxury en suite with queen size beds. Enclosed garden, 'sinkdam' styled swimming pool and covered patio & braai area makes for a relaxing experience.
Self Catering Accommodation on the Vaal - Private with own braai and access to river. (5 metres from water's edge). Sleeps 5 in two bedrooms (Main with double bed and loft with three single beds).
Set in the beautiful and quiet neighbourhood of Panorama in Kroonstad you will find Cornerstone B&B. Combining old world charm with modern luxury Cornerstone B&B offers guests unique stylish en-suite bedrooms.
Create your own "Year in Provence" in this beautiful stone French style farmhouse with natural rock pool. It has featured in Elle Decor, Country Life and many more. Sleeps 12 very comfortably. Every window frames a magnificent view.
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Little Long Creek. Very privately situated on a 2000ha Bonsmara stud cattle farm. The chalet sleeps 6 with two bathrooms d the adjacent rondavel for two persons. A 4x4 vehicle or bakkie is recommended.
A beautiful river-front retreat less than one hour from Johannesburg, suitable for the whole family! Situated on the banks of the Vaal River, between Sasolburg & Vanderbijlpark, near Stonehaven on Vaal. 4 x Double Bedrooms (3 en-suite).
398 Vaal de Grace Golf Estate is a three-bedroom riverfront self-catering villa ideally situated on the secure Vaal de Grace Golf Estate just 2 km outside Parys on the R59 towards Vredefort.