Visitors to the Free State in South Africa will have a choice of quality accommodation ranging from luxury guest houses, game lodges, safari camps, hotels, boutique hotels, and backpackers. The type of accommodation will vary depending on the area you are visiting and the activity you wish to do.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation is provided in a family (private) home and the owner/manager lives in the house or on the property. Breakfast must be served. Bathroom facilities may or may not be en-suite and/or private. In general, the guest shares the public areas with the host family.
A guest house can be an existing home, a renovated home or a building that has been specifically designed to provide overnight accommodation. A guest house will have public areas for the exclusive use of its guests. A guest house is a commercial enterprise and as such the owner or manager may live on the property.
This can be a house, cottage, chalet, bungalow, flat, villa, houseboat, tent or any accommodation where facilities and equipment are provided for guests to cater for themselves. The facilities should be adequate to cater for the maximum advertised number of residents the facility can accommodate.
A safari lodge is an accommodation facility located in a game area. The rates charged are usually inclusive of all meals and the experience offered at the lodge, with game drives, etc.
A farm stay is an accommodation facility located on a working farm. The rates charged are usually inclusive of all meals and the experience offered at the farm, farm tours, etc. Accommodation could also be Self Catering.
A hotel provides accommodation to the traveling public, has a reception area, and offers at least a 'breakfast room' or communal eating area. In general, a hotel makes food and beverage services available to guests.
Backpackers provide communal facilities, including dormitories yet, may offer a range of alternative sleeping arrangements. Only establishments that cater for transient guests (traveling public) will qualify for grading.