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Free State

The Free State tourism gems include the Golden Gate National

The Free State covering an area of 129 480 square kilometres - is situated in the centre of South Africa, bordered north and south by the Vaal and Orange Rivers and on the west by Lesotho.

Except for the lovely mountainous Eastern Highlands area, its landscape is flat, a mixture of grazing land and extensive fields. Maize, sunflowers, soya, sorghum and wheat are cultivated, with cherries and asparagus in the Ficksburg area in the east.

The capital is Bloemfontein, an important education and judicial centre which, as the countrys most central city, is the meeting place of major north-south routes, including the N1 from Johannesburg to Cape Town, which slices diagonally through the centre of the Free State.

Welkom is the mining hub of the province. The extensive Free State gold fields comprise the southern part of the same reef that is mined on the Witwatersrand. Coal is also mined. Other important towns include Virginia, Kroonstad, Parys and Bethlehem.

The summer rainfall is sparse, especially in the west and south. The province has hot summers and cold winters.


Across the magnificent Orange River there is a region blessed with such beauty and grace that for scores of years thousands of pioneers paid the ultimate sacrifice for the honour and privilege of calling that land their home. Embraced by several of South Africa’s provinces, the Free State assumes it’s rightful place at the heart of the country. After all, it is the hearts of visitors and inhabitants alike that are won by the majesty of the land and the spiritual ethos of a beautiful people.



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Accommodation in and around Free State

Greensleeves Guest Rooms    accommodation in Free State
Lovely, quiet homestay situated in the Kingshill area in Harrismith. Magnificent views over the Platberg Mountain. Neat and tidy accommodation with all comforts provided. Dinner and breakfast by prior arrangement. For those who want to explore the ar... More

Oaklands Polo & Country Club    accommodation in Free State
Oaklands nestles in the mountains at Van Reenen's Pass, ideally located mid-way between Durban and Johannesubrg. The en-suite bedrooms are charmingly decorated each with their own fireplaces and stunning views. The dedicated Conference Centre... More

La La Nathi Country Guesthouse    accommodation in Free State
La La Nathi is the ideal stopover choice, situated on the N3 just outside the historic town of Harrismith in the Eastern Free State Highlands. Set in magnificent country surroundings this thatched homestaed is a haven of peace for the weary traveler.... More

Dumbe No.2 Self Catering    accommodation in Free State
Dumbe- where the Voortrekkers entered Natal on their trek to the Drakensberg - an escarpment of history. This stone and thatch 2-sleeper lodge offers accommodation with breathtaking views of times gone by. (One double bed.) Eskom Power is provided. ... More

Rosemary`s B&B    accommodation in Free State
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Shady Pines Guest House    accommodation in Free State
Loose yourself in an era gone by.... Equidistant from Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, this beautiful home is situated in spacious gardens with full views of Platberg. Seven spacious en-suite bedrooms are available plus two self-catering units ... More

Pringles Country Inn    accommodation in Free State
Pringles is set in the tranquil surroundings of Bergview Complex on the N3 at Harrismith, equi-distant from Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. Being so centrally situated makes Pringles an ideal stopover and conference/wedding venue visit. The su... More

Amadudu Guest House    accommodation in Free State
At the foothills of the beautiful Platberg Mountain in Harrismith, the Jewel of the Free State, lies the realization of a shared dream - Amadudu Guesthouse. Established by a mother and daughter team, we stive to provide South-African hospitality and ... More

Cyara B&B    accommodation in Free State
Cyara - "Come Ye And Rest Awhile". Get away from the hussle and bussel of city life and find peace and tranquility just off the N3 highway, near Harrismith. We'd love you to join us for supper (home cooked meal with pudding - please boo... More

Harrismith Inn    accommodation in Free State
This roadside Inn is ideally located on the east side of Harrismith at the N3 and N5 intersection between Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein. The location is ideal for businesspeople who wish to do business away from the city stress. Luxury accomm... More

Buffalo Hills Private Game Reserve    accommodation in Free State
Situated south of Harrismith in the Eastern Free State, Drakensberg Highlands & Maloti Transfrontier Route – The Buffalo Hills Private Game Reserve has a unique “Bush Camp Style” Lodge built from rugged sandstone and thatch gras... More

De Oude Huize Yard    accommodation in Free State
We offer three rooms on a dinner-bed-&-breakfast basis. The rooms are: 1. Generations and Tradisions 2. Wisdom and Folly 3. De Oude Huize Yard is part of a 150 historical house in Harrismith. We offer exceptional accommodation and our restaurant ... More

Directory of accommodation in Free State