Free State – North

Free State - North

General Information

The Free State Province lies in the centre of South Africa. It’s capital city is Bloemfontein, which is also the judicial capital of the country.

The area is characterised by flat grassy plains and pastureland, interspersed with the occasional hill or koppie.  The rich soil and pleasant climate have allowed this province to become a thriving agricultural hub.  There are more than 30,000 farms located here and they produce over 70% of the country’s grain.  No wonder this region has been termed the ‘breadbasket’ of the country.  The Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains are located in the east of the province.

Mineral deposits of gold and diamonds in the northern and western regions are plentiful here.  Farming and tourism are the two major industries.  The flat plains of the southern region provide ideal conditions for plains game like wildebeest and springbok, while the ridges and koppies of the northern section are home to kudu, red hartebeest and white rhino.

Map area

The map of the Free State province has been divided into three sections for ease of reference.  The northern section extends from Bloemfontein northwards along the N1 freeway. The borders of the Northern Cape of the North West Province for the boundary to the west, with Gauteng bordering to the north.

What to Expect

Lejweleputswa, meaning ‘grey rock’ describes the area in the province that lies in the north west of the province.  The landscape here consists mainly of rolling hills and endless plains that are extensively cultivated with maize.  During the summer months the area becomes ablaze with colour as the maize fields become golden brown and the sunflower fields burst with flowers.

A large number of gold mines are also located in this region and should be your destination choice for underground mining tours.  In addition, there are a number of smaller historical towns and national monuments that relate to the Boer War.

The Vredefort dome, one of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites, is located in the area.  This distinctive area has been recognised as the largest and oldest meteorite impact site in the world.  Here you can hike up the rugged mountains surrounding the dome, enjoy beautiful San paintings and for the more adventurous traveller, mountain climbing, and abseiling are on offer.

The Vaal river is also a very popular travel destination on this region, attracting many holiday makers throughout the year.  Lounging along the banks of the river, fishing, boating and river rafting are on offer here.

Capital City

Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Province lies on the south east corner of this region.  This city is worth a visit.  Its marketing motto is the ‘outdoor mecca’ and you will not be disappointed.  This is a city with plenty on offer.  And whilst you are there, make a point of spending a relaxing day at the Botanical gardens.  Whilst in Bloemfontein, another worthwhile destination is the Sandstone Steam Rail, whose mission is to restore the steam trains of old.  Enjoy a step back in time by hopping onto one of the many historic routes and enjoy exploring the sights in an unusual manner.

35+ camping sites in the Northern Region of the Free State Province.
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Free State - North

Listing of Camp and Caravan Sites

Below is a listing of camping and caravan sites in the Northern Region of the Free State Province.
Hover your mouse over the image and you will find the contact details of the camp site.
Amanzi Private Game Reserve - Brandfort


Andries Pretorius Caravan Park - Brandfort

Andries Pretorius


Bankfontein Farm Camp - Philipolis


Bundu Camp - Ventersburg

Bundu Camp
073-432-7003 / 073-245-1792

Casa Cara Lodge Camp - Parys

Casa Cara
056-817-1251 / 083-554-9204

De Rust Private Game Reserve - Welkom

De Rust

Dimalachite River Lodge - Parys

056-818-1860/1/2 / 071-715-3474

Dome Inn - Parys

Dome Inn

Online Booking
056-818-1577 / 072-318-9950

Erfenis Dam Nature Reserve -Theunissen

Erfenis Dam


Florisbad Resort - Bloemfontein

Florisbad Resort

Greystoke Adventure Camp - Parys

Greystoke Adventure

Ijaanie Park - Bothaville

Ijaanie Park

Kandirri Game Lodge - Petrusburg


Klein Paradys Parys - Parys

Klein Paradys Parys

Klipdas Bush Camp - Parys


Kloofeind Resort - Bloemfontein


Kommandodrif Angling Resort - Bothaville



Kroonpark Holiday Resort - Kroonstad


Online Booking

Op-U-Oewer Caravan Park - Bloemfontein



Reyneke Park - Bloemfontein

Reyneke Park
051-523-3888/9 / 082-909-1500

River Run Resort Camp - Parys

River Run
072-457-6260 / 071 584-2160

Rocky Ridge - Parys

Rocky Ridge

The Dell Camp - Parys

The Dell
072-486-9491 / 071-618-5316

Umfula Resort - Parys

Umfula Resort

Online Booking

Van Bo Fishing Resort - Parys

Van Bo
016-987-7055 / 083-555-9022

Vosrite Fishing Resort - Parys


Wawiel Holiday Resort - Potchefstroom

Wawiel Resort

Wesvaal Holiday Resort - Parys

Wesvaal Resort

Zanchieta Guest Farm - Bloemfontein

051-813-9121 / 072-200-3272

Listing of Tented Camps

Below is a listing of Camp Sites that have pre-built Tents in the Northern Region of the Free State Province.
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Bankfontein Farm Tented Camp - Philipolis


Casa Cara Lodge Tented Camp - Parys

Casa Cara
056-817-1251 / 083-554-9204

Kumbula Safaris - Bloemfontein

Kumbula Safaris

Leeukop Game Farm - Boshof


River Run Resort Tented Camp - Parys

River Run Resort
072-457-6260 / 071 584-2160

The Dell Tented Camp - Parys

The Dell
072-486-9491 / 071-618-5316

Thwane Tented Camp - Parys


Voorbegin Game Farm and Lodge - Bothaville


We are constantly on the lookout for more camping sites in this area.

Please let us know if we are missing any camping sites, and we will include them in our listings. You can send us an email at

Please note that we are not responsible for bookings at any of the sites listed above.

The Ikamu website offers a listing of camping sites in the region.  We do not take any responsibility should the camp site information become inaccurate or incomplete.  Ikamu also does not take any responsibility for any poorly managed camp sites or camping facilities.

This webpage was designed by an enthusiastic camper who wants to enable other campers to find their ideal camping site.