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.
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.
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.
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).
Vaal Waterfront, penthouses, fully equipped, self-catering accommodation at Deneysville, straddling the Gauteng-Free State border, 60 mins from Jhb, 90 minutes from Pretoria.
Arrarat is a newly built property situated in the stunning, Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, completed 2nd June 2016. The self-catering unit accommodates up to six guests with unobstructed views overlooking the golf course, fishing lake and Clarens.
Mahem B&B and Self-catering provides guests with a choice of bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering cottage (sleeps 8) accommodation in Memel in the Free State. Our bed and breakfast accommodation: Mahem B&B is a country-style home named after
Amarola offers affordable self catering accommodation in Clarens in the Eastern Free State. This self catering semi-detached chalet can accommodate up to five guests. The chalet has an open plan area, that consists of a King bed, with a single and a ...
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...
Located 15km from Fouriesburg, with a view of the majestic Maluti mountains, lies the picturesque Middenrif Guest Farm. The house is a fully equipped, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms self-catering farm house. The kitchen and bathrooms are equipped with modern day
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 On Main. Luxury accommodation right in the center of the picturesque village of Clarens in the Eastern Free State. Close enough to all Restaurants, Galleries and Shops to be able to park your car and forget it but secluded enough for...
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...
Family farm accommodation nestled in the Rooiberge, situated on the banks of the Caledon River with easy access to Clarens, Lesotho's Ski Slopes and Katse Dam. Rates are inclusive of all meals and teas.
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.
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
Ongeag is a spacious, fully-equipped, self catering double story sandstone house, surrounded by the mountains of Clarens. Wide balconies integrate the warmth of the house with splendid views of the surrounding scenery. The house is designed to ...
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 ...