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Accommodation in the Free State, South Africa
Bloemfontein Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Lodges, Self-Catering

Free State Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses and Lodges:
Bloemfontein  -  Clarens  - Gariep Dam -  Harrismith  -  Heilbron  -  Ladybrand  -  Parys  -  Philippolis
Free State Hotels:
Bloemfontein
Freestate Self-Catering:
Bloemfontein  -  Clarens  -  Gariep Dam  -  Harrismith  -  Parys  -  Philippolis
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Free State, South Africa:

'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 a landlocked region of South Africa, but while it doesn't have the beaches of the Cape, you will discover beautiful scenery and many cultural attractions. The area is accessed from the N1 highway which runs from Cape Town to Johannesburg, right through the centre of the region.

Many people might tell you there's nothing to do in the Free State, but this is incorrect. In the many small Free State towns, you will find a host of comfortable accommodation with lovely vistas, as well as several unusual museums and township tours. There are also several small nature reserves to visit, as well as interesting underground mine tours in the mining towns, where you can watch the 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 area is great for hiking and mountain biking in the hills, and the scenery is amazing.

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. 

Hot air ballooningVisit the smaller towns, including Clarens,  idyllic little hideaways with a significant population of artists and crafters, and many of the lovely old houses are built from the glowing golden sandstone of the region.

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.
 

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Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State, is a pleasant small city with loads of open spaces and interesting museums to visit. 

Things to do in Bloemfontein:

Conveniently close to most of Bloemfontein’s upmarket accommodation, Loch Logan Waterfront offers a good selection of retail and entertainment choices.  The lively mall houses more than 100 shops, 17 restaurants and coffee shops, 10 fast food outlets, cinemas, salons, banks, a gym and a medical centre.

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Loch Logan Waterfront is centrally situated in King’s Park, a few blocks west of the City Hall and National Afrikaans literary Museum. The Bloemfontein Zoo, home to a fair amount of African wildlife, is also found in King’s Park.  The convenient situation of Loch Logan Waterfront places it in close proximity to the Free State Stadium, Free State Cricket Stadium, Sand du Plessis Theatre, Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic, and Bloemfontein Rose Gardens. Bloemfontein International Airport is only a ten-minute drive away.

The small Soetdoring Nature Reserve and Predator Park makes a great day outing from Bloemfontein. Although it isn't one of the top scenic parks in South Africa, you can observe a pride of lions in their fenced enclosure. Gemsbok, eland, springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest, zebra and red hartebeest can easily be seen on the open plains. More secretive impala, kudu, steenbok, duiker and mountain reedbuck are harder to spot in the riverine bush. The park also offers the best birding around Bloemfontein with over 284 species recorded.  Most visitors come here to picnic, braai, spot wildlife or to fish along the river and dam. Braai and picnic facilities are dotted along the shore.

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BLOEMFONTEIN BED & BREAKFASTS/GUEST HOUSES/LODGES, FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA

@Flo-Ben Guesthouse @Flo-Ben Guesthouse, Guest House, Dan Pienaar, BLOEMFONTEIN
An upmarket Guesthouse where Bennie & Florein invites you to their little luxurious @Flo-Ben Guesthouse with secluded tranquil garden and swimming pool close to nature.  While relaxing in the garden where the sounds of nature with waterfalls and birds surrounds you while evening approaches. Situated in an upmarket northern surburb of Dan Pienaar where you experience warm hospitality and tasteful furnished suites with secure parking.  @Flo-Ben Guesthouse you will feel welcome with spotless and luxury accommodation with fully equipped bedrooms, private entrance, salt-water swimming pool and laundry facilities.  All rooms consist of: Aircons, Hairdriers, Electric Blankets, Heaters, Laundry facilities, Television (M-NEt and Dual DSTV System), Coffee & Tea facilities. Fax/Photostat and Internet facilities. 
Lemon and Lime Guestshouse HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Lemon & Lime Guesthouse, B&B, BLOEMFONTEIN
Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Lemon & Lime Guesthouse offers pet-friendly accommodation in Bloemfontein, within 2 km of the University of the Free State. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hair dryer. Lemon & Lime is within 5 km of the N1 Highway and within 1 km of two shopping centres, Mimosa Mall and Loch Logan Waterfront. 
Rusplek Guesthouse, Conference Centre and Spa Rusplek Guesthouse, Conference Centre & Spa, Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering, BLOEMFONTEIN
Here at the Resting Place Guesthouse we encourage you to take a break from running this race called life and find rest for your soul. Matt 11:28-30. We are proud to be one of the first established Guesthouses in Bloemfontein, since 1993. Our Guesthouse is Ideal for business men, families, rep groups, large group bookings, honeymoon couples and long term guests. We have a large variety of rooms available to suit your need and budget, from Honeymoon Suite with own Jacuzzi to self-catering rooms to budget B&B rooms.  We are located in peaceful suburb surroundings, in close proximity to N1 highway. Our premises stretch over three properties with wide open spaces and lovely gardens.
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BLOEMFONTEIN HOTELS, FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA

Hobbit Boutique Hotel Bloemfontein Hobbit Boutique Hotel, Westdene, BLOEMFONTEIN
Kick off your shoes and indulge in the luxurious comforts of Hobbit Boutique Hotel. From the warm welcome at the door to the fine furnishing and stylish decor. Our suites are fit for royalty - their serenity a delight to the soul, tempting to the romantic at heart. Retreat into our lush garden, expecting to see gnomes and goblins hiding in the ferns and lilies with the tranquil sounds of a water feature and secluded pool. The hotel have 9 luxury rooms and 3 executive suites. It has a very good location near all major shopping malls, City centre, Medi Clinic and also the Loch Logan waterfront. We offer hearty breakfasts in our beautiful dining room. Dinner is a unique experience. Candlelit tables are tastefully set. Dinner reservations must be made when booking is done.
Protea Hotel By Marriott Bloemfontein Protea Hotel By Marriott Bloemfontein, Brandwag, BLOEMFONTEIN
Situated on Nelson Mandela Drive, in the heart of Bloemfontein's Business District, the modern 4 Star Protea Hotel Bloemfontein is set in secure landscaped gardens, its swimming pool and terrace being the ideal setting to enjoy the City of Roses after a strenuous day of business. Accentuate your stay in our unique and comfortable accommodation with a magnificent evening in the Amoretta Restaurant before turning in for the night in one of our luxurious bedrooms, offering crisp white duvets with separate bathroom and shower. With its friendly and efficient service, easy access to national roads, the Central Business District, University of Bloemfontein, and just 15 kilometers from the airport, the 4 Star Protea Hotel Bloemfontein is an ideal venue for the overnight traveller and corporate executive alike.
Villa Bali Boutique Hotel RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Villa Bali Boutique Hotel, BLOEMFONTEIN
This Balinese-style boutique hotel is situated in Bloemfontein and offers luxurious rooms with matching bedspreads and curtains. The Sarapan breakfast room overlooks the peaceful courtyard. Including tea/coffee facilities, all stylish and air-conditioned rooms at Villa Bali Boutique Hotel come equipped with soft carpeted floors and satellite TV. Each has a modern bathroom with amenities and a hairdryer. A full English breakfast is served daily, and guests can get drinks and snacks from Villa Bali’s honesty bar in the lounge. A a la carte menu is available for lunch and dinner. The hotel has conference facilities for up to 40 delegates.The 24-hour reception desk can also arrange massages and shuttle services to Bloemfontein Airport, 16 km away. The N1 is a 5-minute drive from the property. 
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BLOEMFONTEIN SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION, FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA

Rusplek Guesthouse, Conference Centre and Spa Rusplek Guesthouse, Conference Centre & Spa, Self-catering, BLOEMFONTEIN
Here at the Resting Place Guesthouse we encourage you to take a break from running this race called life and find rest for your soul. Matt 11:28-30. We are proud to be one of the first established Guesthouses in Bloemfontein, since 1993. Our Guesthouse is Ideal for business men, families, rep groups, large group bookings, honeymoon couples and long term guests. We have a large variety of rooms available to suit your need and budget, from Honeymoon Suite with own Jacuzzi to self-catering rooms to budget B&B rooms.  We are located in peaceful suburb surroundings, in close proximity to N1 highway. Our premises stretch over three properties with wide open spaces and lovely gardens.
Salt and Light Self Catering HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Salt and Light Self Catering Apartments, BLOEMFONTEIN
Within 12 km from Bloemfontein Airport, Salt and Light Self Catering is an apartment located 4.5 km from the city centre. Free WiFi access is available and Loch Logan Waterfront is a 10-minute drive away. This modern and cosy apartment is decorated in natural and warm colours. It features an open plan kitchen and lounge area with a flat-screen satellite TV. There is an outdoor furnished patio area that includes BBQ facilities. At Salt and Light Self Catering you will find a garden and private parking is available on site. Mimosa Mall is 6 km away and features a variety of shops and restaurants.
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