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El Shaddai Backpackers

24 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 3 rooms

El Shaddai Backpackers is a one-hectare property with a swimming pool located in the upmarket Rayton area, next to Heuwelsig. It is within...
from R320
per night for 2 guests

Caravan Lodge

9 Reviews
Sleeps 45 in 8 rooms

Caravan Lodge offers excellent value for money overnight accommodation. Our two Caravans are beautifully set in an ivy covered garden...
from R350
per night for 2 guests

Clarens Inn and Backpackers

25 Reviews
Sleeps 56 in 33 rooms

Deep in the foothills of the South African Maluti Mountains lies Clarens, a utopian village guarded...
from R200
per night for 2 guests

Heila's Place

1 Review
Sleeps 7 in 2 rooms

Heila's Place is situated in the quiet area of Universitas, close to the, N1, the centre of Bloemfontein and the University. The house...
from R180
per night for 2 guests

Baskop Farmhouses

1 Review
Sleeps 69 in 4 rooms

We offer four fully equipped farmhouses with double- and single beds and private bathrooms. No bedding and towels are provided, guests...
from R342
per night for 2 guests

Platberg Backpackers

5 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 4 rooms

Platberg Backpackers is located centrally in Harrismith and is walking distance from shops, banks, post office, restaurants and more.The...
from R370
per night for 2 guests

Rushoek Lodge

10 Reviews
Sleeps 36 in 7 rooms

Rushoek Lodge is situated on the Rushoek Estate just outside Bloemfontein in the very private, peaceful and safe Bainsvlei area. The Lodge...
from R260
per night for 2 guests

Abba Self Catering Flats

1 Review
Sleeps 18 in 4 rooms

Abba Self Catering Flats is located in a quiet and safe suburb in Bloemfontein, and is ideal for individual travellers, families, corporate...
from R550
per night for 2 guests


Sleeps 23 in 6 rooms

At Machadoo we offer affordable accommodation and friendly service with a homely atmosphere and secure parking. We are pet friendly and we...
from R400
per night for 2 guests
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    Free State South Africa

    Free State Backpacker Hostel Accommodation

    'The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons.'  Nelson Mandela

    The Free State is South Africa's Cinderella province. Every country has one - the place you make jokes about. You know what they're like ... 'first prize is a week's holiday in the Free State. Second prize is two weeks...' Well, as in most parts of the world, it's a bit mean and it's pretty uncalled for. OK - the Free State is landlocked so it doesn't have Cape Town's beaches, and its economy is based on large scale maize agriculture and mining, neither of which are particular decorative. However - it is seriously underrated.

    The N1, which runs from Cape Town to Johannesburg and beyond runs right through the middle of the Free State and many people who've travelled along it at 120km/h, looking neither left nor right, can state with blissfully ignorant authority that 'there's nothing in the Free State'. Well, yeah - but head away from the N1 into the smaller towns and villages and you'll find lovely scenery and a host of cultural attractions, including some unusual museums, places of pilgrimage, and township tours. Even the rather dry industrial mining towns of the western part of the province have their attractions. As well as visiting a handful of museums and small nature reserves, you could do an underground mine tour and watch gold pouring.

    There are lovely mountainous areas in the east, where the dramatic, concave sandstone cliffs and bright green rolling grasslands form the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and the Drakensberg. The main farming activity here is the growing of cherries, which tends to be a much prettier crop than maize. There is great hiking and mountain biking in the hills, and the scenery is awesome. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park, with its many day walks and hiking trails, pony trails, lovely rock art and small game, gets its name from the magnificent golden-hued sandstone cliffs. Adjacent to the park is the Basotho Cultural Village, which showcases both historical and contemporary aspects of the Sotho culture, which straddles both the Free State and the adjacent kingdom of Lesotho. Small towns, such as Clarens, are idyllic little hideaways with a significant population of artists, crafters and other rat-race refugees, and many lovely old houses are built from the glowing golden sandstone.

    The Ash River, which tumbles into the eastern Free State from the mountains of Lesotho, has some of the most dependable white water rafting in South Africa. There is excellent fly fishing in the Eastern Highlands - both for trout and the far more interesting indigenous yellow fish, which is found in abundance in the huge Sterkfontein Dam. The small farming town of Marquard is the centre of the cherry growing area, and is a mountain biking destination of note. Every November in Ficksburg - another small farming town with pretensions to becoming a hip spot - throws a cherry festival. It's an excuse for the local people to see a few outsiders as the huge band of gypsy traders that travel from festival to festival turn up in force. You may - if you're lucky - even find a few cherries.

    The northern boundary of the province is the Vaal River, which supports some fun rafting trips, particularly near the town of Parys. Parys, which is the Afrikaans version of Paris, is a great little town, with excellent coffee shops, loads of arty crafty outlets and - it must have something to do with the name - a good number of fashion designers. Close to Parys is the Vredefort Dome, which is South Africa's newest World Heritage Site. It's the site of an ancient meteorite impact, the scars of which are still discernable. As well as the spectacular, rather rugged terrain, which is as a result of the impact, attractions here include some small game farms, hiking trails and some pretty mean mountain biking trails.

    Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State, is a pleasant small city with lots of open space and some interesting museums. So there is loads to do in the Free State, but bear in mind that it's all pretty low key and laid back. This is still the agricultural heartland of South Africa - a place where things should not be rushed.

    'The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons.'  Nelson Mandela

    The Free State is South Africa's Cinderella province....

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