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ACCOMMODATION IN FREE STATE

As the Free State is in the middle of the country, many people whiz through it looking neither left nor right while dashing along the N1. But it’s worth taking a few days longer over the journey and exploring this most decidedly underrated destination. The Free State is divided into five regions.

If you believe the Free State is one big flat mielie field frivolously enlivened by the headgear of a few gold mines you obviously haven’t been to the east. It’s the highland side of the province, which is ironic as it was the fertile lowlands of Lesotho, then Basutoland, when the Orange Free State Republic forcibly occupied it in 1865. Well, history aside, it’s a beautiful area with lots of pretty little towns, great mountain scenery, rock art, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and horse trails. The numerous urban escapees who’ve settled here in towns like Clarens and Marquard have added a bit of contemporary style and greatly increased the number of cappuccino machines. This is cherry farming country, and there are a number of farms offering tastings and sales of cherry wine. There is a cherry festival in the small town of Ficksburg every November. Another delicious product of this area is asparagus but, unfortunately there is no asparagus festival.

Xhariep, in the south-west, is named after the Orange, or Gariep, River which forms its border with the Northern Cape. Attractions here include the enormous Gariep Dam, a tiger sanctuary and the Free State’s only wine farm.

The northern part of the province, known as Fizile Dabi, extends to the Vaal River, across which lies the North West Province in the west, Mpumalanga in the east, and Gauteng in the middle. There is gentle white water rafting on the river near Parys, and loads of other water sports upstream on the Vaal Dam. Extending across the river to the North West Province is the phenomenal Vredefort Dome, which is a world heritage site, offering lots of interesting outdoor activities.

The main town in the Goldfields, or Lejweleputswa, is Welkom, the site of the first gold mine in the Free State. The huge Bloemhof Dam, on the Vaal, is close to Gauteng, and offers a cool respite to weary urban wage slaves who like to escape here on weekends. The most central part of the province, Motheo, includes the provincial capital, Bloemfontein, and is more of a cultural destination with loads of museums, monuments, art outlets and interesting buildings.


Mantovani Guest House Two
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Guest House - Dinner by Arrangement in Welkom, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 780.00 ZAR - 980.00 ZAR per person
The Royal Terrace Guest Lodge
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Hotel/Guest House Garni in Bethlehem, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 440.00 ZAR - 700.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Ladybrand Guest House
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B&B/Guest House with Self-Catering in Ladybrand, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 250.00 ZAR - 550.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Andes Clarens Guest House
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Guest House in Clarens, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 850.00 ZAR - 900.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Rest@Blake
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Self-Catering Suites/Apartments in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 160.00 ZAR - 200.00 ZAR per person
Wen-Do-Lin Traveller's Rest
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Guest House - Dinner by Arrangement in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Recommended
Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve
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Game & Nature Reserve in Ficksburg, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 735.00 ZAR - 830.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Au Jardin Guest House
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Full Service Hotel in Welkom, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 530.00 ZAR - 1,400.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Dome Inn Lodge Parys
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Country Commercial Hotel in Parys, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Birch Bush B&B
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B&B/Guest House with Self-Catering in Bethlehem, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 295.00 ZAR - 395.00 ZAR p/p sharing
B&B @ Bloem
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B&B Guest House Style in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 275.00 ZAR - 450.00 ZAR per night
The Clarens Country House
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Self-Catering Suites/Apartments in Clarens, Free State
AA Superior
Blue Crane Guest House - Sold
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Guest House - Dinner by Arrangement in Welkom, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
La La Nathi Country Guest House
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Guest House - Dinner by Arrangement in Harrismith, Free State
AA Superior
Mountainview Inn
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Small Hotel/Inn in Harrismith, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 340.00 ZAR - 680.00 ZAR per person
Mantovani Guest House One
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Guest House - Dinner by Arrangement in Welkom, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 780.00 ZAR - 980.00 ZAR per person
SunRose Group of Guest Houses Gariep Dam
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Holiday Home in Gariep Dam, Free State
AA Recommended
Estimated Price : 710.00 ZAR - 1,925.00 ZAR unit/room
Dan Pienaar Guest House
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B&B Homestay in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 450.00 ZAR - 550.00 ZAR per night
Kleine Eden Guest House
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B&B/Guest House with Self-Catering in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 680.00 ZAR - 730.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Vultures Lodge
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Guest House - Dinner by Arrangement in Zastron, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 330.00 ZAR - 490.00 ZAR single
De Stallen Guest House
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Self-Catering Cottages/Chalets in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 300.00 ZAR - 300.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Sandstone Chameleon Guest House
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B&B/Guest House with Self-Catering in Fouriesburg, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 650.00 ZAR - 650.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Riverwalk B&B
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B&B Homestay in Clarens, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 600.00 ZAR - 700.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Dias Guest House
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B&B/Guest House with Self-Catering in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Tuscana Villa Guest House
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Guest House in Kroonstad, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 150.00 ZAR - 1,000.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Siesta Guest House & Wedding Venue
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Guest House in Frankfort, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
MOOLMANSHOEK HIKERS HUT
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B&B Guest House with SC in Rosendal, Free State
AA Recommended
Wyndford Holiday Farm
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Leisure Hotel in Caledonspoort, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 650.00 ZAR - 1,650.00 ZAR unit/room
Welgelegen Guest Farm & Wedding Venue
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Farm Accommodation in Fouriesburg, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 350.00 ZAR - 550.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Bornfree Lodge 42
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Holiday Home in Clarens, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 450.00 ZAR - 450.00 ZAR per person
Arcadia Guest House and Restaurant
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Small Hotel/Inn in Kroonstad, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 700.00 ZAR - 1,000.00 ZAR unit/room
Ficksburg Gewel Guest House
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B&B Guest House Style in Ficksburg, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Estimated Price : 500.00 ZAR - 900.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Indaba Hotel Sasolburg
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Commercial Hotel in Sasolburg, Free State
AA Recommended
Estimated Price : 800.00 ZAR - 1,400.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Rooidam Guest Farm
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Farm Stay in Modderrivier, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
House Beautiful
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B&B Guest House Style in Rosendal, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Stoneridge Guest House
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Guest House - Dinner by Arrangement in Gariep Dam, Free State
AA Superior
Estimated Price : 350.00 ZAR - 350.00 ZAR p/p sharing
Kopano Nokeng Country Lodge
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B&B Guest House Style in Bloemfontein, Free State
AA Highly Recommended
Green Lantern Inn
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Small Hotel/Inn in Van Reenen, Free State
AA Recommended
 
 
 
 
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