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Free State Vacation Packages

Traditionally an agricultural region, this South African province is home to European-style towns, scenic drives and outdoor adventures amid spectacular landscapes.

The Free State, also known as Orange Free State, offers the chance to experience life in a laid-back South African province of great natural beauty. Discover a fusion of European and indigenous history, hike through dramatic mountain passes, spot colorful wildlife and enjoy boundless watersports.

Free State sits in South Africa’s central region and borders six other provinces as well as the Kingdom of Lesotho. Listen to the province’s multicultural residents conversing in around half a dozen languages, including English.

Start in the easygoing provincial capital, Bloemfontein. Admire grand 19th-century buildings. Visit art galleries and museums, such as the Anglo-Boer War Museum. Stroll along picturesque trails to spot local flora at the Free State National Botanic Gardens. Enjoy sweeping views from Naval Hill, a viewpoint in the inner-city Franklin Game Reserve.

Travel north to Winburg, a town founded by Voortrekker pioneers and a gateway to the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve. See a slice of South Africa’s Boer history at towns such as Kroonstad, Frankfort and Heilbron. Join vacationers at resorts spread along the banks of Vaal Dam. One popular destination is Deneysville, where you can enjoy fishing, sailing and other watersports. Hike mountain trails and spot indigenous cave paintings around Vredefort Dome, one of the world’s largest meteorite sites.

The province’s eastern region of Thabo Mofutsanyana epitomizes diversity. Visit Clarens, in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, for its lively arts scene. Participate in the annual Cherry Festival at Ficksburg or learn about Basotho tribal traditions at the Basotho Cultural Village. Travel along the scenic Highlands Route, which passes spectacular sandstone cliffs in Golden Gate National Park en route from Harrismith to Zastron.

Free State experiences hot, humid summers and cold winters, especially toward the eastern mountains, where snowfall is common. Fly into Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein and get around via rental car or on overland tours. Take a side trip to Lesotho to hike or ride on horseback in the remote mountain ranges of a country fully contained within South Africa.


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Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein Willow Lake

Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein Willow Lake

101 Henry Street, Bloemfontein
4.1
of 5, from 64 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Bloemfontein hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bloemfontein City Hall, National Museum and Freshford House Museum. Free State Stadium and National Women’s Memorial are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£29
Travel Inn Kroonstad

Travel Inn Kroonstad

N1 North Eastern Bypass, Kroonstad
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a provincial park, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Kroonstad Dutch Reformed Church and Kroonstad Country Club.

£54
City Living Boutique Hotel

City Living Boutique Hotel

1 James Scott Street, Bloemfontein
4.2
of 5, from 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this boutique hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Oliewne Art Gallery, Freshford House Museum and Goodyear Park. Free State Stadium and University of the Free State are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£23
Rusplek Guesthouse, Conference Centre & Spa

Rusplek Guesthouse, Conference Centre & Spa

50 Scholtz Street, Bloemfontein
3.7
of 5, from 39 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of the Free State, Goodyear Park and Free State Stadium. National Women’s Memorial and Central University of Technology are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£52
Golden Gate Hotel

Golden Gate Hotel

Golden Gate National Park, Golden Gate Highlands National Park
3.9
of 5, from 89 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Golden Gate Highlands National Park and within 16 miles (25 km) of Clarens Golf Club and Clarens Brewery. Richard Rennie Art Gallery and Art and Wine Gallery are also within 16 miles (25 km).

£67
Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge

Maluti, Drakensberg, Phuthaditjhaba
4.3
of 5, from 19 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a regional park, this lodge is 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from Drakensburg Amphitheatre and 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from Tugela Falls. Basotho Cultural Village is 24.9 mi (40.1 km) away.

£27
B&B at Bloem

B&B at Bloem

16 Jacobs Street, Universitas, Bloemfontein
3.5
of 5, from 11 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of the Free State, Goodyear Park and Free State Stadium. National Women’s Memorial and Central University of Technology are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Peermont Metcourt at Frontier, Bethlehem

Peermont Metcourt at Frontier, Bethlehem

Johan Blignaut Drive (N5), Bethlehem
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dihlabeng Mall and Bethlehem Medical Centre. Goble Park is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

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