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.
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).
MAHEM Guest House offers up-market luxury accommodation comprising 6 cosy en-suite bedrooms. Guests can relax in the spacious lounge-dining area equipped with a self-service bar with a fireplace for the cold winter evenings
Daskop Guest & Game Farm is situated on 700 hectares in a very unique part of South Africa. We are essentially a Venison Farm yet still boast with 14 species of game, birds and lots of flora. The farm is situated just outside Ficksburg in the...
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.
Commanding spectacular views of Mount Horeb & the Maluti's and a sandstone's throw from around 20+ restaurants, Ash River Lodge B&B offers accommodation for 22 guests.
We have three self-catering cottages in the large garden on the farm "Madrid", which has been in the Mousley family for 144 years. The cottages are close enough to the homestead to be very safe but still out of sight of each other. Also in...
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
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.
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".
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.
Pluvio Guesthouse is situated in the Heart of the town of Parys, within walking distance to the Vaal River. Luxurious accommodation in 7 Individually decorated Guest Rooms.
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
Hannic, Retreat offers self- catering accommodation in the quaint and tranquil village of Clarens. Its a 3 bedroom home with 2 full bathrooms- gas fire place & built-in-braai . Sleeps maximum 6 people. Centre of Clarens only a 7 minute stroll
Camelroc sits between the two Caledon rivers, close to Caledonspoort border post. Its a good base from which to explore Eastern Free State as well as Lesotho. 6 chalets sleeps 8, 6, 2. Hikers Cabin sleeps 16 Main home has three rooms sleeps 6.
Self Catering Accommodation on the Vaal - Private with own braai and access to river. (5 metres from water's edge). Sleeps 5 in two bedrooms (Main with double bed and loft with three single beds).
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.