In the 'hood, Smithfield as a destination

In the midst of savanna country, on the national road that finally culminates in Port Elizabeth, lies the little Free State town of Smithfield - the third oldest town in the province, just 132 kilometres southeast of Bloemfontein. The arguments for a visit to Smithfield are numerous: the incredible fresh air, star-lit evenings, peaceful surrounds of the little town (tucked neatly into the ... cont.

5 Douglas Street, Smithfield, 9966, Free State, South Africa

Directions to Pula Victorian Guest House

From Johannesburg (approx. 530kms) 5 hours
Take the N1 route from Johannesburg to Cape Town. On the Bloemfontein by-pass (approximately 3 hours from Johannesburg) take Exit 177 onto the N6 holiday route. About 135kms later as the N6 enters Smithfield turn left into Douglas St. at the Pula House sign.

From Cape Town (approx. 930kms) apx. 9 hours
On the N1 northwards towards Johannesburg, pass Colesberg and approximately 35kms later cross the Orange River and take the next exit, No 8, onto the R701 sign posted Bethulie. Follow the signs to Bethulie (approximately 48kms) and then to Smithfield and Pula House (about 65kms later).

From Durban (apx. 600kms - 7 hours) and Drakensburg Park (apx 550kms - 6 hours)
Do yourselves a favour and leave the N3 after Estcourt and take the R74 via Winterton and Bergville and then the R712 through the Golden Gate National Park to Clarens - it's beautiful. The R711 joins the R26 to Rouxville, with the mountains of Lesotho accompanying you most of the way.

From Eastern Cape Directly up the N6 from East London. (approx. 4 hours)
OR From Port Elizabeth via the N10 to Cradock and then on the R390 via Venterstad to join the R701 at Bethulie and then into Smithfield (approx. 6 hours)
OR From George via the N10 to Middelburg then on the R56 to Steynsburg and the R390 to the R701 at Bethulie and into Smithfield. (7 hours)

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