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Free State and surrounding areas

The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa with the Vaal River flowing along the northern border and the Orange River flowing along the south. Crop fields and rolling grasslands dotted with beautifully decorated Sotho houses rise to sandstone mountains in the northeast.

Bloemfontein, which means ‘spring of flowers’ is the capital of the Free State. In spring, the city bursts into bloom of thousands of rose bushes that line the streets. Go for walks and see small game at Naval Hill, the nature reserve in the middle of the city, or visit the nearby orchid house or Women´s Monument, which commemorates the tens of thousands of women and children who died in the Anglo-Boer War.

Clarens, 'The Jewel of the Free State´ is a tiny village between the high sandstone Rooiberge and the Maluti Mountains where museums and quaint arts and crafts shops display the wares of the many local artists who live here. In spring, the nearby countryside of neighbouring Lesotho comes to life as the cherry orchards blossom and in winter the mountains are capped by blankets of snow. This is hiking country and horse riding trails abound.

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park nestles in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, with its incredible mountain outcrops, clear streams and wildlife. The park is named after the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs. Some of South Africa´s most valued San rock art is found here.

The Vredefort Dome, the world´s greatest and oldest meteor crater, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The inner circle of the enormous impact crater created by a 10 kilometre wide meteorite, measures 180km and can be seen in the hills near Parys and Vredefort.

 
Protea Hotel Black Mountain
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Protea Hotel Black Mountain, in Thaba Nchu in the Free State, is carved into a hillside of unspoiled bush. Overlooking a dam and 5 800 hectares of game reserve, Protea Hotel Black Mountain is a celebration of African traditional architecture, where the design combines the luxury and elegance...
Protea Hotel Black Mountain

Protea Hotel Bloemfontein
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Situated on Nelson Mandela Drive, in the heart of Bloemfontein’s Business District, the modern Protea Hotel Bloemfontein is set in secure landscaped gardens - its swimming pool and terrace being the ideal setting for unwinding after a strenuous day of business. Follow this with a magnificent...
Protea Hotel Bloemfontein

Southern Sun Bloemfontein
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Walk into a warm and welcoming haven of style. The Southern Sun Bloemfontein Hotel is a monument to old-world hospitality and charm as well as new-world convenience and technology. These kinds of features are what guarantee the success of your business trip or family holiday to Bloemfontein, the...
Southern Sun Bloemfontein

Protea Hotel Clarens

The Protea Hotel Clarens is located in the picturesque village of Clarens - the best kept secret in Free State art and culture circles - framed by majestic mountains and sandstone cliffs. This artists’ haven is steeped in history and rich in legend. This retreat is at the foothills of the Maluti...
Protea Hotel Clarens

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