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About Galilee Cottages @ Mara Farm

On the outskirts of Fouriesburg, close to the Lesotho border and deep in the heart of the Eastern Free State highlands of South Africa you will find a special guest farm, Mara Farm.This beautiful homestead is in the final stages of conversion into comfortable, homely and affordable accommodation and events venue for groups and individual parties.Mamatela and Daughter Rethabile are the new owners and host and with more than 10 years in the hospitality industry, we will make your stay comfortable. If you require a home cooked meal, we have more than 20 years of catering and we will make you a delicious African meal or any of your choice. Small functions, picnic baskets, themed dinners and parties are expertly catered. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your menu requirements.

Mara overlooks the majestic Maluti Mountains and our view tower is the ideal spot to drink in the beauty of valleys and sandstone precipices over a champagne breakfast or leisurely sundowners after a day of exploring this fascinating region. We also offer Tours to Lesotho, take a break from driving and allow us to show you the Mountain Kingdom in its entirety. Afri Ski resort from (May-August) Katse Dam (1day trip), Liphofung caves and Selomo Stalagmites(1-day trip) are a must see when in Lesotho, The Kome caves in Teyateyaneng (1day trip). Please note the tour packages are charged separately.

Clarens, en-route to the Golden Gate National Park, is a Thirty-minute drive as is Bethlehem and Ficksburg, home of the Cherry Festival.

Caledonspoort border post to Lesotho is just 8km away making Mara Farm, less traffic and efficient border. We look forward to welcoming you to our special corner of this remarkable country.

  • Response Rate: 94%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 14 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 21
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 18 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading

Important Information

Due to the nature of the dwelling, no pets can be allowed on the premises

Availability and pricing

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  • Main House Dom Room Sleeps 3 Includes: Specified Meals and Activities Rooms / Units: 3 This room is spacious for a family or group of friends. Interconnects with the main bedroom for parents who wish to have... see more Features:  Double beds, Single beds
    from R600 Room rate
    • Rooms Adults
      • DOUBLE BED COTTAGE 1 Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 2 This cottage offers king sized bed and has its own kitchen to prepare convenience food. it has its own porsch to enjoy... see more Features:  King beds
        from R600 Room rate
        • Rooms Adults
          • Self-catering Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Mara's self-catering cottage is perfect for a small family or group and sleeps up to four in two spacious bedrooms overl... see more
            from R600 Room rate
            • Adults
              • Main House Double Bed Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B The traditional sandstone farmhouse with its shady balcony is the perfect holiday venue for a large family or getaway... see more Features:  Double beds
                from R600 Room rate
                • Adults

                  Reviews for Galilee Cottages @ Mara Farm

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                  Charl Klaassen
                  22 April 2019

                  We arrived at 14h30, 0nly to find two gentlemen who could not speak a word of english, and a very little girl who said her mother went to Lesotho and was not sure when she would return, if at all. Nobody could assist us and we had to find alternative accomodation over the easter weekend, at a huge premimium...very dissapointed with the service and recommendation

                  Lauri-ann Raven
                  18 November 2018

                  Firstly they did not expect us. We had no water, had to ask to get ot switched on. At 30 plus degrees no fan was supplied. Blinds in room need a drastic upgrade. In general the place as a whole needs to be more welcoming. The view of the mountains is stunning. It's peaceful, would be lovely if only it was looked after

                  Simone Nel
                  02 June 2017

                  The stay was very nice, we enjoyed the quietness and the beautiful view. We had our own privacy which we enjoyed.A few small things could be improved such as knives being sharpened and the water pressure to be a bit better as we were 4 people but only had enough water for 2.We will definitely visit Mara Farm again.

                  Johan Wessels, South Africa
                  15 February 2016

                  Very disappointed no hot water or any lights their power was cut i think because they did'nt pay their bills  also things seem to be in a state of neglectit shows on your ad that Sally is the hostess but it is now mamatela and we could'nt contact them to confirm our stay before our arrivalI hope they can improve on thisregards Johan Wessels

                  Melissa Davidson, South Africa
                  04 January 2015

                  We spent a wonderful, relaxing week at Mara Farm over Christmas. Enjoyed some lovely walks, amazing stargazing, and many happy hours under the cool thatched lapa!

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                  Galilee Cottages @ Mara Farm is 3.7km from the centre of Fouriesburg , the nearest airport 119.9km (Moshoeshoe I International Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling