Free State

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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.



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

Nudawun & Love The Mist Houses    accommodation in Free State
self catering houses with garden... More

Appin Farm House & Bald Ibis Hiking Trail    accommodation in Free State
Selfcatering farmhouse, 12 x ensuite bedrooms, backpackers farmbarn. 2day, 17km Hiking trail,with overnight in a open cave. We offer excellent rockclimbing. Big area for mountain climbing or -cycling or -biking.... More

Strawcroft Cottage    accommodation in Free State
Strawcroft cottage is situated in a quiet corner of a farm at the top of van Reenen’s Pass just 9Km off the N3. It overlooks Nelson’s Kop mountain and the Tandjesberg with the Wilge river in the valley below. ... More

Sungazer Paradise    accommodation in Free State
Sungazer Paradise is a low density holiday house development and is set in a beautiful undulating landscape on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment, where the entire family can unwind as you sip sundowners on the terrace overlooking magnificent vie... 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

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.1 Self Catering    accommodation in Free State
Where the Voortrekkers entered Natal on their trek through the Drakensberg Mountains, (Retief Pass), you will find Dumbe. Situated on this escarpment of history, Dumbe is a log, stone and thatch 6 sleeper lodge with surprising view of times gone by.... More

Rosemary`s B&B    accommodation in Free State
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The View B&B    accommodation in Free State
The View bed and breakfast in Harrismith is conveniently located just off the N3 halfway between Durban and Gauteng and only an hour's drive to most Drakensberg Resorts. Whether you are enjoying a holiday or a business visit, we will pamper you ... More

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