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About Harrismith

Gauteng travellers on their annual sojourn to Durban and other seaside towns generally treat Harrismith as a convenient meal break and refuelling stop.  And while the revenue gained is a boost for the town, the major attractions in Harrismith are passed largely unnoticed. Visitors who dec... read more

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18 accommodation listings in Harrismith. Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Green Lantern Inn

Bed and Breakfast, Chalets, Hotels, Self Catering in Harrismith

Start your holiday with a home cooked meal and warm bed, or spend a few days with us exploring the scenic eastern Dra...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Gym
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Bar
Conference Facility
DSTV

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R550.0

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Shady Pines Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Harrismith

Equidistant from Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, this beautiful home is situated in spacious gardens with full...

Swimming Pool
Wheelchair Friendly
Bar
Braai Area
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Conference Facility

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R620

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Mount Everest Game Farm

Self Catering in Harrismith

1000 hectares of diverse farmland - from grassland, to mountainous rocks and even woodland. More than 22 species of g...

Braai Area
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R750.0

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De Home Ekhaya Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Harrismith

De Home Ekhaya Guest House is a unique accommodation boutique conveniently situated within easy reach of the N3 motor...

Braai Area
DSTV
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TV

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R700

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Tom's Place B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Harrismith

Mr. Manau Likhojane, owner of this beautiful Guesthouse would like to introduce, and in many cases re-introduce Tom’s...

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TV
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R970

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Waaidam Resort

Camps, Resorts, Self Catering in Harrismith

This stylish Free State guest farm is part of a working environment, which includes cattle, sheep and horse farming. ...

Swimming Pool
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Camps
Braai Area
Conference Facility
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Bar

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R750

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Rheola's Guest Cottage

Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Harrismith

Rheola's Guest Cottage is located in the quiet residential area in Harrismith, at the foothills of Platberg. Ideal fo...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
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R450

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La La Nathi Country Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Harrismith

La La Nathi Country Guest House is conveniently situated centrally between Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein just...

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R650

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Wild Horses Mountain Guest Lodge

Boutique Hotels, Guest Houses in Harrismith

This private Lodge consists of an accommodation wing, a dining room which opens onto an extensive terrace, a lounge a...

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R2950.0

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De Oude Huize Yard

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Harrismith

At De Oude Huize Yard, we offer accommodation with a difference. Our furniture is historical, each piece with its own...

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R975.0

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Riverview Country Inn

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Harrismith

We are 1km off the N3 highway between the coast and the reef, Riverview Country Inn has a Restaurant & Pub, ample acc...

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Braai Area
Conference Facility
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R680

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Greensleeves Guest House

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Harrismith

At Greensleeves you will enjoy our warm hospitality. A home away from home and a selfcatering unit. Breakfast is opti...

DSTV
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R385

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Village Lodge Harrismith

Guest Houses in Harrismith

Village Lodge Harrismith is not only the perfect stopover to recuperate and relax before taking on the journey to the...

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R260

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April Cottage

Cottages, Holiday Homes in Harrismith

April cottage, a brand new cottage, is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, families (with kids), ...

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R470

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Sir Harry's Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges, Self Catering in Harrismith

Situated at the beginning of the Midlands Meander, Sir Harry’s Lodge offers panoramic views of Plat Berg Mountain. Th...

Braai Area
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Conference Facility
TV
Wheelchair Friendly
Bar
Pet Friendly
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R850

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Platberg Harrismith Backpackers

Backpacker, Self Catering in Harrismith

Platberg Harrismith Backpackers is located centrally in town, walking distance from the business centre, shops, banks...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
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R390

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Amadudu Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Harrismith

At the foothills of the beautiful Platberg Mountain in Harrismith, the Jewel of the Free State, lies the realization ...

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R450

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Harrismith Inn

Hotels in Harrismith

This roadside Inn is located on the N3, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. The hotel has superb views of the Pl...

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More info about Harrismith

Gauteng travellers on their annual sojourn to Durban and other seaside towns generally treat Harrismith as a convenient meal break and refuelling stop.  And while the revenue gained is a boost for the town, the major attractions in Harrismith are passed largely unnoticed. Visitors who decide to stay a while longer are pleasantly surprised by the convivial inhabitants, the spotless streets and the historic gems scattered through the town.

Named after British governor Harry Smith, the town was established in 1849 at the foot of the Platberg Mountains where fresh water streams provided the town with water. Harrismith was later to become a British stronghold during the South African War thanks to its strategic position, and today it’s an important junction point linking Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein via a major highway network.

Harrismith has become somewhat of an artist’s retreat and with this comes creative ideas, unusual shops and quirky but most interesting people.

 

Top 6 reasons to visit Harrismith

1. Take a drive through Harrismith to see the old sandstone town hall, the Deborah Retief Garden, war memorials and immaculate parks. On the outskirts of the town is the British-built blockhouse and military cemetery. Ask a local to point out the bush shed that once served as a hospital for lepers and black typhoid sufferers.

2. Enjoy a round of golf at the Harrismith Country Club that boasts a spectacular 18-hole parklands course designed way back in 1887. For non-golfers, the club has tennis and squash courts.

3. The Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve is popular for yachting, stunning sunsets over the water and catch-and-release fishing. The reserve offers the hiker dense forests, gorges and raptors on the steep cliffs high above.

4. Plentiful game fill the Platberg Mountain Reserve and visitors can expect to see zebra, springbuck and the blue wildebeest (gnu). Over 130 bird species are resident in the reserve. The Platberg Wildflower Gardens are also worth visiting.

5. Travel to St Fort farm outside Clarens to attempt the 2-day Cannibal Hiking Trail. It’s said that in the early 1800s a starving tribal clan in the area took to eating their dead relatives. They acquired a taste for human flesh and resorted to cannibalism. This trail provides some of the history that includes caves, ancient rock art, mountain streams, rock pools and a suspension bridge.  

6. Looking to renew your marriage vows? Why not do so in the southern hemisphere’s smallest church? The Catholic Church at the nearby town of van Reenen welcomes couples of any denomination and will marry you at any time, day or night!

 

Transport

Harrismith has its own small airport for chartered flights. If flying in via an international airport, take your pick: airports are located in Johannesburg (OR Tambo International) and Durban (King Shaka International), both roughly 300km from Harrismith. The town has 3 car rental agencies to hire a vehicle or order one online. Harrismith is on the inter-provincial bus route for travel to Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban.

 

Did you know?

Harrismith is apple country and four different cultivars are grown here; the Cripps’ Pink, Sundowner, Braeburn and Fuji apple.

The Deborah Retief Garden commemorates her father Piet Retief, a Voortrekker leader who, along with Deborah, the rest of the family and other Voortrekkers were slaughtered by Zulu king Dingaan in 1837.