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Northern & Eastern Free State

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.

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Sleeps: 20 in 5 units/rooms
From R 700,00
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Mont Plaisir

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Discover and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Eastern Free State Mountains, close to the Lesotho border. Mont Plaisir offers luxurious self-catering accommodation...

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Sleeps: 6
From R 500,00
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Mystic Mountain

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Mystic Mountain is a self-catering Guest Lodge in the heart of Clarens, Free State. Walking distance from shops & restaurants, yet secluded enough to have peace and quiet.

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Sleeps: 456 in 78 units/rooms

Dimalachite River Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Parys

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...

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Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms
From R 700,00
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The Clarens Country House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

The Clarens Country House is nestled in a wooded corner of the secure Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, with wrap-around mountain views. The century-old stone house offers 4 luxury self-catering suites opening onto an enormous fully-glassed veranda...

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From R 445,00
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At Olive Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sasolburg

At Olive Guesthouse in Vanderbijlpark is situated in a tranquil and secure environment. At Olive Guesthouse offers two en-suite rooms with bath and shower, kitchenette with fridge and fitted with air conditioning, as well as two...

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Sleeps: 12 in 2 units/rooms
From R 535,00
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The Barbet Country Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

The Barbet Country Cottages are situated on a large farm, 17 km from Clarens along the magnificent Maluti route, a beautiful, scenic drive, including our very own 'God's Window', overlooking the vast Maluti Mountain ranges.

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From R 450,00
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Malutizicht Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ficksburg

The lodge, nestled below massive sandstone cliffs, consists of a beautifully renovated double storey English Cottage with four charming en suite bedrooms and a majestic, renovated sandstone farmhouse with 5 comfortable en-suite bedrooms and huge ...

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Sleeps: 30 in 15 units/rooms

9 on Kromellenboog Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sasolburg

9 on Kromellenboog is a guesthouse of distinction, with 15 luxurious rooms in a peaceful setting in Sasolburg. A business trip, holiday or just an overnight stay, with us you will find safe, tranquil accommodation.

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From R 2 000,00
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Rolo Sports House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

Rolo Sports House, a 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom luxurious guest house located on the Parys golf and country estate. It boast a 25m heated indoor swimming pool to complete the fun filled environment.

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Sleeps: 4
From R 500,00
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Clarens Cottage 2

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

This charming cottage is situated in the town of Clarens, known as "The Jewel of the Free State". It is within walking distance from the village square with its various shops and art galleries.

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Sleeps: 84 in 16 units/rooms
From R 600,00
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Umfula Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Parys

Experience the beauty of the jewel we call Umfula Resort on the banks of the Vaal River, only 5 km from the picturesque town of Parys. Launch your boat at the jetty, enjoy an icy cold drink at the Sports Bar or go fishing, whilst the children can swim in

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Sleeps: 40 in 10 units/rooms
From R 500,00
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Loch Athlone Overnight Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bethlehem

Loch Athlone provides the perfect self catering overnight accommodation in Bethlehem in the Free State. We offer 8 x 1 and 2 bedroom chalets, with DStv (guesthouse channels). All our rooms are equipped with warm blankets and heaters for our cold winters.

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 370,00
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At Rehoboth Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Rehoboth Lodge and Meerkat lodge are self-catering lodges, situated five minutes away from Clarens, on Bethel Estate farm. Rehoboth lodge sleeps 6 guests, Meerkat lodge sleeps 2 guests and has a sleeper couch for 2 children. Both lodges have spectacular v

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Sleeps: 6
From R 2 400,00
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398 Vaal de Grace Golf Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

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.

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Sleeps: 10
From R 3 800,00
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Neethlings Place

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Neethlings Place is only a stone throw away from the centre of the popular village of Clarens. A solid sandstone construction with a large patio offers magnificent views of the Maluti Mountains. Neethlings Place offers 5 bedrooms, 4 x double beds and 1 wi

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Sleeps: 6
From R 400,00
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488 on Villiers

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

488 on Villiers is a large self-catering house with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms which sleeps 6 guests

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Sleeps: 6
From R 500,00
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Paddocks 6

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Paddocks Six is a brand new home in a new development still in progress. It is situated in the Swartland in Clarens.

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Sleeps: 54 in 12 units/rooms

Weltevrede Lion Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Heilbron

The farm consists of six self-catering chalets. Four are situated close to the restaurant at the lion camp, for a more private stay you can choose our two chalets overlooking our 14 Ha dam in the game reserve.

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Sleeps: 45 in 4 units/rooms

Deelfontein

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

Nestled between two high ridges in the heart of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, Deelfontein self catering bush lodges offers activities ranging from hiking and mountain biking to birdwatching and stargazing.

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From R 675,00
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Mount Horeb Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

Mt Horeb Manor, an upmarket Bed and Breakfast provides guests with an unforgettable stay in the charming town of Clarens. The guest house is tastefully decorated to offer each guest a luxurious, exclusive and unforgettable stay topped with warm, friendly

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