Free State in detail


Charming, affordable guesthouses pepper the Free State province, but the loveliest are mainly concentrated in the tourist-friendly towns of Bloemfontein, Clarens and Parys. Parks and reserves round out the region's offerings with nice chalets and plenty of opportunities for camping, while prices (and options) fall off considerably in lesser-visited places like Harrismith, Fouriesburg and Phuthaditjhaba. Ladybrand's Cranberry Cottage remains the region's top stay.