Free State – South

Free State - South

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 areaby 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 pleantiful 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 southern region lies to the south of the N8 freeway which joins Lesotho the town of Kimberly and traverses the city of Bloemfontein.  The Northern Cape lies along the western boundary, while the Eastern Cape forms the boundary to the south and east.

What to Expect

This part of the Free State is the driest region.  Here travellers looking for wide open spaces; vast tracts of land interspersed with sheep and cattle; tranquillity and isolation, will not be disappointed.  This is a region that has remained unchanged for decades, making it the ideal destination for those that are looking for peace, tranquillity and an unhurried lifestyle off the beaten track.

To the south of this region lies the Gariep Dam.  This dam lies on the largest river in South Africa, the Orange River, and is the largest expanse of fresh water in the country.   Avid fisherman will enjoy this destination.

When travelling through this region, make a point of stopping in town of Zastron to see the “Eye”; a large ‘hole’ in the sandstone hill or visit the Laurens van der Post Memorial in the oldest in the Free State, Philloppolis.  If you are planning a trip to Philloppolis in early April, make sure to attend the ‘Witblits’ festival and indulge in some local spirits and some boeresports.

15+ camping sites in the Southern  Region of the Free State Province.  Find your perfect spot.

Free State - South

Listing of Camp and Caravan Sites

Below is a listing of camping and caravan sites in the Southern Region of the Free State Province.
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Abrahamrust Recreational Resort - Sasolberg


016-971-2222 / 016-971-4904

Aldam Estate - Ventersburg

Aldam Estate

Online Booking

Anchor Creek Marina - Deneysville

Anchor Creek

BassFeather Country Lodge - Reitz


Caritas Werfbederf - Ladybrand



De Oude Schuur - Bethulie

De Oude Schuur


Die Dampondok - Zastron

Die Dampondok
082-347-4833 / 076-513-0430

Eingedi Retreat - Ladybrand

051-924-5831 / 081-536-4203

Forever Resort Gariep - Gariep

Forever Gariep

Gariep Dam Nature Reserve - Gariep

Gariep Dam


Pitch Up SA Camp - Bethulie

Pitch-Up SA

Online Booking

Rustfontein Dam Camp - Botshabelo

Rustfontein Dam


Siloam Village - Venterstad

Siloam Village

Online Booking

Tom's Place Resort - Bloemfontein

Tom's Place
071-659-1798 / 051-564-0680

Trompsburg Caravan Park - Trompsburg

Trompsburg Caravan Park


Tussen-die-Riviere - Bethulie


051-763-1000 / 051-404-9600/3/4/5

Zastron Caravan Park - Zastron

Zastron Caravan Park


Listing of Tented Camps

Below is a listing of Camp Sites that have pre-built Tents in the Southern Region of the Free State Province.
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Letsatsi Game Lodge - Smithfiled

072-610-9390 / 082-311-2201

Pitch Up SA Tented Camp - Bethulie

Pitch-Up SA

Online Booking

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.