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Timmerskraal Self-catering an...

103 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 2 rooms

Timmerskraal offers a choice of two cottages. The cottages are quite relaxing and with much...
from R500
per night for 2 guests
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Alberry Cottages

64 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 3 rooms

Autumn mid-week Speacial   Alberry Cottages is a double-storey sandstone self-catering cottage situated in Clarens. Being only a few minutes' walk to the village...
from R560
per night for 2 guests

Groenhoek Guest Farm

32 Reviews
Sleeps 13 in 3 rooms

Overlooking the Maluti Mountains and situated just outside of Clarens, Groenhoek Guest Farm offers nature-loving groups and families an...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Thula Guest Farm

16 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 5 rooms

Thula Guest Farm is situated just outside of the charming town of Clarens. It offers an idyllic and tranquil stay away from the hustle and...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Vaal de Sioleh

30 Reviews
Sleeps 54 in 18 rooms

Vaal de Sioleh is situated 20 km outside the beautiful town of Parys, in the Free State. Our accommodation, chapel and wedding venue is...
from R500
per night for 2 guests

Old Mill Drift Guest Farm

3 Reviews
Sleeps 32 in 4 rooms

Old Mill Drift Guest Farm is set on a farm between Clarens and Fouriesburg in the Free State. It is just over three hours’ drive from...
from R400
per night for 2 guests

Art Lovers Guest House

34 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 7 rooms

Located in the heart of the beautiful town of Parys, this stylish guest house features six luxury guest suites. All accommodation suites...
from R1100
per night for 2 guests

Kuriake

12 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Kuriake offers beautiful country living in a peaceful environment, surrounded by rocky outcrops and mountains with lush vegetation. There...
from R1000
per night for 2 guests

Village Lodge Harrismith

10 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 14 rooms

Village Lodge Harrismith is not only the perfect stop-over to recuperate and relax before taking on the journey to the seaside, but also...
from R400
per night for 2 guests

Clarens Inn and Backpackers

24 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

Royal Hotel Bethulie

20 Reviews
Sleeps 48 in 19 rooms

In recent times, the most exciting development in the Lake Gariep region has been the renaissance of Bethulie's famous Royal Hotel. Founded...
from R480
per night for 2 guests

De Stijl Gariep Hotel

31 Reviews
Sleeps 160 in 40 rooms

De Stijl Gariep Hotel is surrounded by the stark beauty of the Karoo, the Gariep Dam offers rest and respite to weary travellers crossing...
from R1156
per night for 2 guests

Red Mountain House

39 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 7 rooms

The TGCSA 4 Star Red Mountain House is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Clarens and overlooks the village green. Opened in...
from R1100
per night for 2 guests

Tsessebe Guest House

35 Reviews
Sleeps 23 in 9 rooms

Tsessebe Guest House is a newly built, stylish bed and breakfast with an excellent view on the N1 highway. The guest house is situated in...
from R550
per night for 2 guests
[email protected] is an excellent self-catering facility, easily accessible from the N1 highway. The Orchid family unit can accommodate up four...
from R300
per night for 2 guests

Kolgans

22 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Kolgans is a fully equipped self-catering house situated on the Clarens Golf Estate. The house offers accommodation for up to six people in...
from R900
per night for 2 guests

Karma B&B

16 Reviews
Sleeps 13 in 4 rooms

Karma B&B is situated in tranquil surroundings, yet is easily accessible from the N1 and in close proximity to the CBD, malls, schools, and...
from R620
per night for 2 guests

Spider Pig Guest House

5 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Spider Pig Guest House is a fully furnished house ideally situated in Gariep Dam. The house comprises three bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge...
from R520
per night for 2 guests

JZ Guest House

40 Reviews
Sleeps 7 in 3 rooms

JZ Guest House offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a quiet suburb of Bloemfontein, located within easy access of the N1,...
from R300
per night for 2 guests

The Highland Inn

4 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 7 rooms

The Highland Inn offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in Bethlehem. The Inn is within close proximity to the CBD, and nearby...
from R450
per night for 2 guests

Free State South Africa

Free State  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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