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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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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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Casamori

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

The house was beautifully built about 5 years ago by a genuine master builder, Carlo Di Mezza, a Clarens local taught this craft by his Italian father. The style of the house is modern "Free State vernacular".

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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: 21 in 3 units/rooms
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Fairview Estates

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Fairview Estates Cottages lies at the end of a 19km valley, described by some as the most beautiful valley in the Eastern Free State. This farm is situated between Fouriesburg and the very popular, proudly South African town of Clarens.

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Sleeps: 10
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Barrister House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Barrister House offers exceptionally well-appointed self catering accommodation in the Clarens Golf Estate, located on the slopes of the Rooiberg, overlooking the majestic Maluti Mountains...

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Sleeps: 13 in 3 units/rooms
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Akzente

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

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...

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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: 16
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Sacred Ibis View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sasolburg

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).

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From R 490,00
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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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Sleeps: 9 in 5 units/rooms
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Riverwalk Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

All rooms open onto a veranda from a private entrance, with luxurious bathrooms. We proud ourselves with the quality of our furnishings and linen and offer a deluxe hospitality tray in each room, which include sherry, homemade rusks and biscuits...

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Sleeps: 11 in 2 units/rooms
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Ronderus Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Memel

Ronderus Guest Farm provides the perfect self catering accommodation for the adventurer near Memel in the Northern and Eastern Free State. This self catering Guest Farm accommodation (Sleeps 11) is situated between Vrede and Memel. Accommodation consists

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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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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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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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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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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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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: 28 in 4 units/rooms
From R 950,00
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The Old Country House and Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Come and experience the crisp clean air of the Eastern Free State in the relaxed atmosphere of The Old Country House and Cottage in the heart of Fouriesburg. Spend the evening with friend and family in front of the coal stove and greet the morning sunrise

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Sleeps: 2
From R 350,00
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The Loft Room @ Craigrossie

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

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.

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Sleeps: 52 in 15 units/rooms
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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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