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.
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.
The Lodges are spacious, well appointed, fully serviced and offer home from home comfort. The view from all the windows and doors is stunning and both Lodges are within a few metres of a well stocked trout dam. The 'Rooiberge' mountain range and ...
The Loft Room @ Craigrossie is a newly renovated space for two people on Craigrossie Game Farm, 8 km outside of Clarens en route to Golden Gate.
Two separate units close together supply accommodation to 15 people. The five-bed house consists of one bathroom, open plan kitchen/lounge with open fireplace to counteract the Free State cold and to supply a touch of old-fashioned romance. The ...
Hannic, Retreat offers self- catering accommodation in the quaint and tranquil village of Clarens. Its a 3 bedroom home with 2 full bathrooms- gas fire place & built-in-braai . Sleeps maximum 6 people. Centre of Clarens only a 7 minute stroll
Experience the tranquil atmosphere of the central Free State in Kroonstad on the Farm with its Sandstone House and two Stables.
Blue@Vaal offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in a renovated House & Cottage situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the quaint town of Parys. The property is located within walking distance to the Vaal River, Parys town centre.
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.
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...
Aqua View Riverside Guest House is nestled on the Vaal River, in the heart of the beautiful tourist town of Parys.
There are two loft style apartments for two in the heart of Clarens. Views across the Clarens roof-tops to the mountains beyond. Private patio overlooks charming courtyard. Walking distance to restaurants, galleries, shops and village square...
La Motte B&B is a 100-plus year old renovated and meticulously maintained farmstead built from local sandstone typical of the picturesque Eastern Free State. Our five en suite rooms - sleeping maximum 14 persons - radiate the old world charm in this
Amohela ho Spitskop nestled in a valley between the villages of Ficksburg and Clocolan.The 5 self catering cottages are spacious and comfortably furnished, big couches, huge open fires, fully equipped kitchens and have weber braais on the deck-with-a-view
Paddocks Six is a brand new home in a new development still in progress. It is situated in the Swartland in Clarens.
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...
Rolo House is a luxurious self catering lodge located on the Parys Golf and Country estate - a mere hour's drive from Johannesburg.
Daskop Guest & Game Farm is situated on 700 hectares in a very unique part of South Africa. We are essentially a Venison Farm yet still boast with 14 species of game, birds and lots of flora. The farm is situated just outside Ficksburg in the...