Free State

Free State

Things to do - general

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.

Andes Clarens Guest House

Andes Clarens Guest House

clarens , Free StateSuperior
Andes Clarens Guest House is a 4 star property in Clarens (Free State) that offers accommodation in More info
Arcadia Guest House and Restaurant

Arcadia Guest House and Restaurant

kroonstad , Free State
Midway between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein in peaceful surroundings. Luxury en suite rooms all wit More info
Au Jardin Guest House

Au Jardin Guest House

welkom , Free State
Au Jardin Guest House is a 4 star property in Welkom (Free State) that offers accommodation in 24 be More info
B&B @ Bloem

B&B @ Bloem

bloemfontein , Free State
B&B @ Bloem is an AA Recommended property that is situated in the heart of Bloemfontein. This B& More info
Birch Bush B&B

Birch Bush B&B

bethlehem , Free StateHighly Recommended
Bethlehem offers a few things to do and see in the are including golf, hiking, mountain biking, game More info
Blue Crane Guest House - Sold

Blue Crane Guest House - Sold

welkom , Free StateHighly Recommended
Blue Crane Guesthouse is more than just a guesthouse! With a TGCSA**** Grading we offer you a comfor More info
Bornfree Lodge 42

Bornfree Lodge 42

clarens , Free StateSuperior
Bornfree is a luxury holiday and weekender home in “The Golf and Trout Estate” situated in the art a More info
Dan Pienaar Guest House

Dan Pienaar Guest House

bloemfontein , Free State
Dan Pienaar Guest House, is situated on 80 General Hertzog Street in the northern suburb of Dan Pien More info
De Stallen Guest House

De Stallen Guest House

bloemfontein , Free StateSuperior
The 5-star De Stallen Guest House situated in Bloemfontein, Free State, offers accommodation in 5 un More info
Dias Guest House

Dias Guest House

bloemfontein , Free State
Dias Guest House is a commercial guest house, situated in Dan Pienaar, in the northern suburbs of Bl More info
Ficksburg Gewel Guest House

Ficksburg Gewel Guest House

ficksburg , Free StateHighly Recommended
Gewel Guethouse is set in the charming town of Ficksburg, where guests and delegates can escape to a More info
Green Lantern Inn

Green Lantern Inn

van-reenen , Free State
Located in the tiny Van Reenen village (population 23), situated on the N3 highway at the top of Van More info
House Beautiful

House Beautiful

rosendal , Free StateHighly Recommended
The 3-star House Beautiful situated in Rosendal (Free State) offers accommodation in six en suite ro More info
Indaba Hotel Sasolburg

Indaba Hotel Sasolburg

sasolburg , Free State
Get comfortable in our luxurious rooms, enjoy a breakfast buffet, and relax in our comfortable loung More info
Kopano Nokeng Country Lodge

Kopano Nokeng Country Lodge

bloemfontein , Free StateHighly Recommended
Welcome to Kopano Nokeng Lodge and Conference Centre. Only 4km from the Bloemfontein Airport, we off More info
La La Nathi Country Guest House

La La Nathi Country Guest House

harrismith , Free StateSuperior
La La Nathi Country Guest House is the ideal stopover choice when planning a trip to the Harrismith More info
Ladybrand Guest House

Ladybrand Guest House

ladybrand , Free StateHighly Recommended
Ladybrand Guest House is nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Maluti Mountains, providing a g More info
Mantovani Guest House One

Mantovani Guest House One

welkom , Free State
MantovaniGuest Houses areHighly Recommended,AA Graded, Award Winner Guest Houses. Situated in theMa More info
Mantovani Guest House Two

Mantovani Guest House Two

welkom , Free State
MantovaniGuest Houses areHighly Recommended,AA Graded, Award Winner Guest Houses. Situated in theMa More info
MOOLMANSHOEK HIKERS HUT

MOOLMANSHOEK HIKERS HUT

rosendal , Free StateHighly Recommended
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Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve

Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve

ficksburg , Free StateSuperior
Moolmanshoek Private game reserve is situated on a private nature reserve of over 3 500 hectares in More info
Mountainview Inn

Mountainview Inn

harrismith , Free State
Mountainview Inn is set in the Free State near Harrismith in the tranquil surroundings of the Bergvi More info
Paradise Awaits

Paradise Awaits

luckhoff , Free StateRecommended
Paradise awaits you. Your hosts Altro and LP wish you a warm welcome to a friendly comfortable home More info
Rest@Blake

Rest@Blake

bloemfontein , Free State
Located in a quiet neighborhood in Bloemfontein within close proximity of 3 well know hospitals: Ros More info
Riverwalk B&B

Riverwalk B&B

clarens , Free StateSuperior
Riverwalk is situated in the tranquil village of Clarens in the Free State, away from the hustle and More info
Sandstone Chameleon Guest House

Sandstone Chameleon Guest House

fouriesburg , Free StateSuperior
Sandstone Chameleon Guest House is situated in the quaint little town of Fouriesburg, in the foothil More info
Siesta Guest House & Wedding Venue

Siesta Guest House & Wedding Venue

frankfort , Free StateHighly Recommended
We have both the expertise and the facilities to turn any occasion, big or small, into something tru More info
The Clarens Country House

The Clarens Country House

clarens , Free StateSuperior
Situated in the Eastern Free State’s Maluti Mountains, The Clarens Country House is the newest lifes More info
The Royal Terrace Guest Lodge

The Royal Terrace Guest Lodge

bethlehem , Free StateHighly Recommended
The Royal Terrace Guest Lodge is a guest lodge situated in central Bethlehem in the heart of the Fre More info
Tuscana Villa Guest House

Tuscana Villa Guest House

kroonstad , Free StateHighly Recommended
Tuscana Villa Guest House is a corner property with 2m high walls, safe and illuminated parking. Ele More info
Union House Guest Farm

Union House Guest Farm

fouriesburg , Free StateSuperior
Welcome to Union House Guest Farm, This Guest House offers bed and breakfast that is located in Four More info
Vultures Lodge

Vultures Lodge

zastron , Free StateSuperior
Vultures Lodge is uniquely located at the foot of “Aasvoëlberg” , with breathtaking views of the tow More info
Welgelegen Guest Farm & Wedding Venue

Welgelegen Guest Farm & Wedding Venue

fouriesburg , Free StateHighly Recommended
Welgelegen Guest Farm & Wedding Venue is situated 15 km’s outside the town of Fouriesburg, next More info