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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

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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Emoya Estate

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Emoya Estate Private Game Reserve, Conference Centre, wedding venue and Spa is situated on the western border of Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State. This region is also known as "Big Sky Country". This 270 hectare Game and Nature Reserve...

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Sleeps: 23 in 9 units/rooms

Odessa Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Odessa Guest House, 3 star graded by the TGCSA, is situated conveniently close to N1 as well as to Nelson Mandela Drive, which is the main road into the city in a quiet, up market suburb of Universitas Ridge in Bloemfontein and offers you excellent accom

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From R 425,00
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Altissimo Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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.

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Sleeps: 27 in 10 units/rooms
From R 425,00
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Adamsview

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

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.

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Sleeps: 9 in 2 units/rooms
From R 120,00
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A Bed Away

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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 ...

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Sleeps: 14 in 3 units/rooms
From R 670,00
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Hillside Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Springfontein

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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Rufpatch

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Smithfield

>Rufpatch offers comfortable, clean, well-priced self-catering accommodation with boundless garden and open views of Smithfield's mountain. It is ideal for a relaxed stop-over en route to your holiday destination, or for a break to recharge your...

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Sleeps: 13 in 6 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Camelia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Camelia Guest House in Bloemfontein offers you individually decorated comfortable en-suite north-facing rooms - two with double beds and one with two single beds. Rooms have separate garden entrances, private patios and other amenities including...

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Sleeps: 29 in 13 units/rooms
From R 517,00
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Bayswater Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Its 10 en-suite bedrooms are all air-conditioned and stylishly furnished to accommodate tourists and businessmen alike. Here you can relax at the lapa next to the pool, you can play a game of snooker in the rustic bar, you can swim or just sit ...

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Henmar Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Henmar Guest House is situated on the border of Brandwag / Bloemfontein. We offer luxury, tranquillity and style, each room is unique in appearance. The 6 Luxurious en suite rooms have air conditioning, built in cupboards, tea/coffee...

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Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
From R 730,00
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Rose Cottage

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

Rose Cottage 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...

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Captains Cabin Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Welkom

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.

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Cherry Tree Cottage

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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.

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Sleeps: 34 in 11 units/rooms

Philippolis Old Jail

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Philippolis

Spend a nightin an authentic "Jail" in Philippolis with all the modern conveniences that we all have become accustomed to. Accommodation is individual cells or in the wardens room, or the stylish justice inn, a more upmarket guest house ne

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34 @ Dapper

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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.

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Sleeps: 6
From R 550,00
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Wilreco Self-Catering Flat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Wilreco is a fully equipped two bedroom self catering flat that is situated Park West, Bloemfontein. We offer you comfort, space, safety and a clean friendly environment to stay.

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From R 390,00
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De Stallen

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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

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Sleeps: 152 in 7 units/rooms

Lily Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

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.

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Sleeps: 17 in 6 units/rooms

Janmar

Guest House Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Come and experience real comfort and hospitality at Janmar Guest House in Bloemfontein. Janmar was awarded three stars, by the South African Tourism Council, for its excellent service and homely atmosphere. We pride ourselves on being attentive...

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Sleeps: 14 in 7 units/rooms

Brite Star Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloemfontein

Set in the suburb Brandwag in the heart of the northern business part of Bloemfontein, bordering the Tempe golf course, Brite Star B &B Guesthouse awaits with the Bisschoff Family ready to be your hosts.

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