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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: 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: 49 in 26 units/rooms
From R 920,00
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Shady Pines

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Harrismith

Shady Pines is a beautiful home situated in spacious gardens with full views of Platberg. Seven spacious bedrooms are available plus two self-catering units - all equipped with modern amenities. Home cooked meals and unbound hospitality...

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From R 400,00
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Aqua View Riverside Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

Aqua View Riverside Guest House is nestled on the Vaal River, in the heart of the beautiful tourist town of Parys.

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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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Sleeps: 2
From R 1 400,00
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La Poste Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

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...

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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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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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From R 300,00
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Arrarat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

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.

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms
From R 325,00
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96 on Bree Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Heilbron

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).

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Sleeps: 98 in 9 units/rooms
From R 620,00
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Klipkraal Self Catering Guestfarm (Gasteplaas)

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Klipkraal Guest Farm (Gasteplaas) provides a variety of self catering accommodation in the Heidelberg area, close to the Vaal Dam in Southern Gauteng. Set snug in amongst the hills of the Suikerbosrand, Klipkraal Guest Farm offers the perfect sanctuary fr

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Sleeps: 29 in 4 units/rooms
From R 460,00
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Lakeview on Vaal @ Vaaldelta Waterfront

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Vaal Waterfront, penthouses, fully equipped, self-catering accommodation at Deneysville, straddling the Gauteng-Free State border, 60 mins from Jhb, 90 minutes from Pretoria.

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Sleeps: 14 in 5 units/rooms
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La Motte B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bethlehem

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

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Sleeps: 52 in 15 units/rooms

Riverview Country Inn

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Swinburne

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.

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From R 2 250,00
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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: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Cornerstone B&B Kroonstad

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kroonstad

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.

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Sleeps: 6
From R 3 900,00
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Ridge Rd Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

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.

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Sleeps: 10

Ongeag Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

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 ...

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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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Vaal Prive

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Vaal Prive is a luxury self catering holiday and water sports resort just 1 hour out side of Johannesburg on the banks of the mighty Vaal Dam. Our Villas are made up of luxury 3 bedroom 2 bathroom double story...

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Sleeps: 84 in 16 units/rooms
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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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