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.
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...
The container house is constructed from 6 shipping containers and then cladded with decorative cement panels. The house has 5 large bedrooms, 2 large bathrooms, a large kitchen and huge centre entertainment area. The centre area is 84sq meters in...
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).
Experience the tranquil atmosphere of the central Free State in Kroonstad on the Farm with its Sandstone House and two Stables.
Welcome to Aspen Guest House! Our motto, "We are different", is reflected in our locality, the views on and from the property the design of our rooms, the services we offer and your hostess.
Bruteo House, self-catering 4 bedroom house is situated on the Parys Golf and Country Estate, which is 5 km outside the town of Parys on the banks of the Vaal river.
Aqua View Riverside Guest House is nestled on the Vaal River, in the heart of the beautiful tourist town of Parys.
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
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
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 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.
Ronderus Guest Farm is situated in the North Eastern Freestate in the Memel district and close enough to Gauteng for the perfect weekend breakaway. It is also on the route to Durban. We had summer rainfall with cool summers and cold winters. Snow ...
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.
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.
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...
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.
Red Mountain House is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Clarens. Our accommodation consists of 6 luxury double rooms furnished with turn of the century antiques and one standard room.
The Mountain Villa is a situated on the Clarens Golf and Leisure Estate and has wonderful views of the Maluti mountain range. Overlooking Mount Horeb, this newly built villa has 3 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 guests.