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  • By far the oldest town in the Transgariep and Goldfields region of the Free State is Philippolis, founded in 1823 by the London Missionary Society
By far the oldest town in the Transgariep & Goldfields region of the Free State is Philippolis, founded in 1823 by the London Missionary Society  © Andy Carter , License

Transgariep & Goldfields

The Transgariep and Goldfields region of the Free State is bordered in the South by the Orange River and Gariep Dam, in the East by the Lesotho border and in the West by the Northern Province border. Goldfields occupies the northern half of this Freestate region but it was not until 1938 that gold was discovered in the region when a borehole being sunk on the farm St Helena struck a continuation of the reef that was being mined in the Witwatersrand. Soon prospectors and miners were flooding into the region known now as goldfields and allied industries sprung up in the region. Today the Free State goldfields are rivaled only by those of Gauteng, and Welkom's residents enjoy an income second to none in South Africa. Above the ground the countryside is rich with endless fields of maize.

The Transgariep occupies the southern part of this region, which is a mass of vast open grassy plains. In the south the plains are fed by the 2000 kilometre long Orange River which rises in the far northeast of Lesotho, circumnavigates that country and eventually flows into the Atlantic Ocean. On the Orange River (now called the Gariep) was built the Gariep Dam, which was opened in 1972 and covers 36500 hectares. Together with an 11250 hectare game sanctuary on its northern shore this makes up the Free State's largest nature reserve.

Bloemfontein is the Capital of the Free State and the judicial capital of South Africa. Its Tswana name is Mangaung which means "the place of the spotted cat", which is a name derived from times of old when cheetahs and leopards roamed the region at will. Bloemfontein originated back in 1840 when a Voortrekker farmer named Johannes Brits built himself a house alongside a spring surrounded by flowers. Bloemfontein is home to a great number of museums, including the National Museum, dotted about the city giving the visitor to this beautiful city a wide choice of subjects. Outside the centre of the city is the Free State National Botanical Garden, home to more than 400 species of indigenous flora.

Welkom is the second largest city in the Free State. It was laid out in 1947 on the farm. Welkom, became a municipality in 1961 and a city on 14 February 1968, making it South Africa's newest city. The city was planned by the chairman of Anglo-American and is a garden city with a commercial centre built around a central square, and more than one million trees planted. The mines in and around Welkom are very deep and flooding of the shafts is an ever-present threat. Enormous quantities of brackish water have to be pumped to the surface daily where they are collected in evaporation pans. Bird life on these pans is prolific. Species include flamingo, the sacred ibis, Egyptian goose, Muscovy duck, Marsh Owl, and many seagulls. Some of the water from the mines is desalinated and used for domestic purposes.

By far the oldest town in the Transgariep and Goldfields region of the Free State is Philippolis, founded in 1823 by the London Missionary Society for the benefit of displaced Khoikhoi and San. The streets of the town are lined with quaint Karoo houses with 19th Century front doors and stoeps. Many of these houses have been declared as National Monuments.

The Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve in the far southwest of the province is one of the few fishing dams where yellowfish are plentiful. The land area around the dam is too small to support wildlife and the dam has become a favourite venue for weekend picnickers, campers and fishermen. The reserve is open daily and visitors may camp overnight.

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Bedrock Self Catering
From R 250
Per person, per night sharing
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Bedrock Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

Set in a quiet,shady garden in the northern suburbs of Bloemfontein, close to shopping center, take away, eating places, medical facilities and schools.

Cherry Tree Cottage
Guest Rating: 9.6
Sleeps 14 in 1 unit

Cherry Tree Cottage

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

This homely thatched residence with separate thatched cottage boasts a manicured sub-tropical garden and views of Naval Hill. Cherry Tree cottage's accommodation comprises 3 Garden rooms and 2 cottage rooms.

River Destiny Lodge
From R 360
Per person, per night sharing
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River Destiny Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gariep and Dam

Transgariep & Goldfields

River Destiny Lodge is situated along the banks of the Orange River. Popular 20 luxury en-suite bedrooms or self-catering chalets with spectacular view. Camping, Conference & Recreation facilities. We also have camping sites & permanent tent

Rietpoort Game and Guest Farm
Sleeps 21 in 4 units

Rietpoort Game and Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Trompsburg

Transgariep & Goldfields

Rietpoort Game and Guest Farm is situated 11km from Trompsburg which is on the n1 to cape town

Rose Cottage
Sleeps 23 in 6 units
From R 730
Per unit, per night
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Rose Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gariep and Dam

Transgariep & Goldfields

Rose Cottage at Gariep Dam is a self catering complex that is situated half-way between Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is an ideal pit-stop for the weary guest simply wanting to break their journey...

A Bed Away
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 9 in 2 units
From R 350
Per unit, per night
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A Bed Away

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

A Bed Away offers modern, spacious accommodation with a warm atmosphere where you'll feel at home! We offer a welcome break as well as a comfortable stay in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for people traveling for business or pleasure and can ...

De Witt'e Gastehuis
Sleeps 32 in 4 units
From R 475
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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De Witt'e Gastehuis

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

De Witt'e Gastehuis is a stately, thatched guest house, situated in a quiet area in the Northern part of Bloemfontein. It offers tranquil, quality accommodation with its stylish rooms and a swimming pool for those hot summer days.

Castello Guesthouse Bloemfontein
Graded:
Sleeps 36 in 14 units
From R 380
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Castello Guesthouse Bloemfontein

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

We offer you four-star luxury accommodation in our privately owned guest house in the heart of central South Africa.

Captains Cabin Guest House
From R 720
Per person, per night sharing
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Captains Cabin Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Welkom

Transgariep & Goldfields

We are an Up-market Guest House situated in Welkom Free State in the heart of the Goldfields. You can find the Central Business District and entertainment, within a radius of 2 km.

La Swan Guesthouse
From R 460
Per person, per night sharing
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La Swan Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Welkom

Transgariep & Goldfields

La Swan Guest House Accommodation in Welkom prides Its self in personal and professional service. Their facilities are at your convenience at all times and their guests are wished a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Allegro Guesthouse
Graded:
Sleeps 14 in 7 units
From R 345
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Allegro Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

Allegro Guest House offers guests beautiful rooms in the suburb of Bayswater in Bloemfontein.

Lushof Lodge
From R 300
Per person, per night sharing
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Lushof Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gariep and Dam

Transgariep & Goldfields

Lushof Lodge in Gariepdam offers Guest Farm Accommodation.2,3km off the N1; 180km South of Bloemfontein; 55km North of Colesburg; 22km North of Gariep Dam and 30km South of Springfontein.. We offer safe accommodation with plenty of open spaces wher

De Stallen
Sleeps 16 in 5 units
From R 410
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

De Stallen

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

Situated in Bloemfontein in the suburb Quaggafontein, close to the N1 and N8, De Stallen offers unique quality self catering accommodation facilities.

Lily Guesthouse
Sleeps 26 in 10 units
From R 375
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Lily Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

Lily Guesthouse in the northern suburbs of Bloemfontein is easily accessible from the N1, yet situated in tranquil surroundings. We take pride in our true hospitality and excellent personal service.

Altissimo Guesthouse
Sleeps 18 in 6 units
From R 495
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 3 max (2 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Altissimo Guesthouse

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

Altissimo Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse in Rayton pride ourselves in giving you quality facilities and service of the highest standard.Situated on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, Altissimo overlook the quiet Lilyvale Valley.

34 @ Dapper
Guest Rating: 9
From R 450
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

34 @ Dapper

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

34 @ Dapper offers modern self-catering units were you will feel at home! Our units are modern, affordable and very clean and neat. We offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for any occasion. Suitable for long or short stays.

Adamsview
Sleeps 27 in 10 units
From R 425
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Adamsview

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gariep and Dam

Transgariep & Goldfields

Adamsiew offers Luxury self catering accommodation with breathtaking views over Gariep Dam. Situated halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town you will find Adamsview 5 km from the N1 close to Colesberg.

Angelas Lodge
Sleeps 8 in 3 units
From R 730
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Angelas Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gariep and Dam

Transgariep & Goldfields

Angela's Guest Lodge is ideally suited for the weary traveler wanting to break their long and tiresome journey or alternatively for the guest who wants to spend some extra days enjoying all that the Karoo and Gariep Dam area has to offer...

Gariep Gardens
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 19 in 5 units
From R 730
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Gariep Gardens

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gariep and Dam

Transgariep & Goldfields

Gariep Gardens Guest House is situated in the Gariep Dam holiday village and is approximately half way between CT and Johannesburg and only a 5 minute drive from the N1 Highway. It is the ideal place to break your journey and enjoy the most beautiful

Hillside Farm
Sleeps 12 in 3 units
From R 680
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Hillside Farm

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Springfontein

Transgariep & Goldfields

Hillside Farm is a 4th generation working family farm situated in the Southern Free State. The main areas of the farming enterprise are Merino wool sheep and a Red Angus cattle stud...

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