Freestate Guest Houses, Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Free State Lodging Options

The Free State lies at the centre of South Africa, a peaceful and rural heartland bordered by the Vaal River in the north, the mighty Orange River in the south and the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho in the east. Visitors at Free State Guest Houses and hotels can see beautiful, original sandstone architecture, enjoy friendly South African hospitality and experience a diverse mix of cultures. Towns are widely dispersed and there are 5 districts, each offering a range of attractions.

Motheo District

This is the setting of the capital city Bloemfontein (also the judicial capital of South Africa), a cultural and business hub with many attractions such as festivals, sports events, botanical gardens and museums. This district also features game reserves, fossil trails, San Rock Art, diverse cultures, areas of fabulous scenery, outdoor / adventure and water sports. Other areas of interest include Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu, and the Lesotho border towns of Ladybrand and Wepener.

Fezile Dabi District

Fezile Dabi District is the closest district to Gauteng Province and OR Tambo International Airport. This district boasts the magnificent Vaal Dam and river (a water sport mecca with canoeing, rafting and yachting), as well as the amazing Vredefort Dome (a World Heritage Site and the largest and oldest meteorite site in the world). Other attractions include San Rock Art, golf, game viewing, outdoor sports, game viewing and adventure sports like abseiling. Visitors can explore popular towns Parys, Deneysville, Frankfort, Sasolburg and Kroonstad.

See Vaal River hotel options near Parys.

Xhariep District

The Xhariep District is the home of South Africa's largest expanse of fresh water, The Xhariep Dam on the Orange River. This district in the Southern Free State is off the beaten track and largely undiscovered. It is characterised by vast open spaces of the Karoo and big blue skies. For tranquillity and the freedom to roam, this is the place. Top attractions include water sports and recreation at the dam, San Rock Art and fossils, diamond mines and wine cellars, battlefields, outdoor trails as well as art and craft. Popular towns are Bethulie, Jagersfontein and Smithfield.

Lejweleputswa District

This used to be known as Goldfields, and was the setting of an intense gold rush when the precious metal was discovered in 1948. This district offers comprehensive gold mine tours and recreational activities, a game reserve and 2 nature reserves, Nampo - one of the largest agricultural festivals in the world and a popular Food and Witblits Festival. Areas of interest include Bothaville, Ventersburg and the main town of Welkom, with its pretty parks and the world's deepest wine cellar.

Thabo Mofutsanyana District

Located in the Eastern Free State, it is characterised by towering mountain ranges and majestic scenery. Visitors can find ancient San Rock Art and prehistoric foot prints, battlefield sites, the Basotho people, art and craft and beautiful Golden Gate National Park. Top attractions include trout fishing, outdoor adventure sports, pony trekking and hiking, attending the Cherry Festival and visiting picturesque villages like Clarens and Ficksburg. The main centre is Bethlehem with all amenities, nature reserves and historical sites. Other areas of interest include scenic Harrismith - gateway to the Maluti and Drakensberg Mountains, also the site of Sterkfontein Dam.

See Bethlehem hotels

Top Attractions


  • The Vredefort Dome complex (World Heritage Site)

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  • The Basotho Cultural Village

  • Great water sports at Vaal Dam, Sterkfontein Dam, Xariep Dam

  • The Sentinel and Tugella Waterfall

Self-Drive Adventures


  • Heritage Route - explore diverse cultures

  • Maloti Route - discover the scenic highlands bordering Lesotho

  • Battlefields Route - visit many historic sites of the Anglo Boer War

  • The Goldfields - see the past and present Golden Triangle

  • N6 Route - find a friendly welcome in the interesting Southern Free State

  • Diamonds and Wine - enjoy prospecting, scenery and fruit of the vine