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Welcome to the Free State’s best kept secret | Welkom by die Vrystaat se besbewaarde geheim

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The gorgeous village of Rosendal is set on the edge of the Witteberge, which forms part of the foothills of the magnificent Maluti mountains. It’s a photographer’s paradise, a hamlet where artists and writers find their inspiration. It’s also a place where friends and families gather to reconnect over great food, where children can safely ride their bikes on the dusty roads, and the more active can walk or ride on the surrounding farms. Every month, music shows and other events take place in and around the town (please see the latest info on our public Facebook page by clicking here).

The pace of life is slow here; it’s the perfect antidote to those needing a break from the big lights of the bright city.

Rosendal is just over three hours from Johannesburg, and two hours from Bloemfontein. It’s situated between Senekal and Ficksburg, and not far from Fouriesburg and Paul Roux. One adventurous way to travel from Gauteng, is via the Riemlandroete from Sasolburg 


Originally a farming town, Rosendal is a place of undiscovered beauty with stunning views and buckets of rustic charm. Art, hiking, adventure sport, horse-riding, picnics, rock art and visits to interesting farming industries are just some of what Rosendal offers. As it is near the Lesotho border it’s an ideal base for day trips to Katse Dam, Afriski, Golden Gate and the many small towns in the Eastern Free State. The town and area boast several historical sandstone buildings which are well worth a visit.

Rosendal looks forward to welcoming you – this gem of a village is one of South Africa’s most beautiful, unique villages – without a doubt, the Free State’s best kept secret.

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