Motheo & Xhariep
Geography and history
The Motheo and Xhariep is the most southerly region of the Free State Province in South Africa. Motheo comes from the Sotho language and means “strong base of a building” which is a very apt description for the geographical position of the region. This region is dominated by the province’s capital city, Bloemfontein. This city is also known as the Hospitable City.
The Xhariep area of this region is mostly formed by open grasslands and man-made dams. The Gariep Dam which constitutes a massive dam wall and Nature Reserve is a definite must for a holiday resort.
The region is filled with impressive museums and magnificent monuments commemorating the Anglo-Boer War and also the Great Trek of 1938. The sandstone architecture in the region is also of significant importance to the country’s history.
A wonderful spectrum of tourist accommodation is available in the region. There are many bed and breakfasts, guest houses, hotels, self-catering units, excellent camping sites and hospitable guest farms. For more information on places to stay in the region, please visit our accommodation directory.
The agricultural and tourism sector of this region boosts the business community in the area. There are loads of shops, souvenirs, stalls and locally produced goods to choose from. The restaurants in the area are also of high quality and there is something for every taste. Please see our business directory for a complete list of businesses in the area. For more information on things to do in the Motheo and Xhariep region, see our activities directory.